To do this, the government searched for a database of students enrolled in state universities, associate colleges, polytechnics, and industrial training institutes (ITIs).
The program launched before the legislative elections of 2022 aims to empower young people through digital technology, especially since the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic has forced education to go online.
The industrial development department, in a statement to the departments of higher education, technical education, vocational education, skills development and medical education, requested to provide a database of beneficiaries of free tablets and smartphones.
According to the prescribed format, educational institutions must provide 26-point details of students such as name, parents’ name, date of birth, Aadhar number, address, district, state of ‘origin and also academic information such as the name of the university, the name, level and year of the course and the subjects chosen by it.
The scheme targeting young voters between the ages of 18 and 25 would cover recipients of one crore.
There are around 41 lakh students enrolled in higher education institutions and around 4 lakh study in technical colleges, polytechnics and ITIs.
Officials said a lot of data is needed before the distribution of free tablets and smartphones begins. The creation of a web portal is underway for the selection of students in the first phase and the following phases, as well as for the provisioning and monitoring of the installation.
“Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath will decide which students will get tablets and who will get smartphones. Once we have the database, the selection process will be launched, ”said a senior official.