India Uttar Pradesh state gives away free laptops to students

Akhilesh Yadav distributes free laptops to students in Lucknow on 11 March 2013 Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav handed out the first of the laptops to students in Lucknow

Related Stories

The government in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh has distributed the first of an estimated 1.5 million free laptops to college students.

Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav handed out the Hewlett-Packard laptops, worth 19,000 rupees ($350; £234) each, to 10,000 students on Monday.

They are part of a giveaway promised by Mr Yadav during elections last year.

The laptops have stickers of the chief minister and his father, Mulayam Singh Yadav, leader of the Samajwadi Party.

The scheme is expected to cost the state authorities 30bn rupees ($552m; £370m).

"Laptops and internet have changed everything, whether it is government functioning or field of education. We want that tomorrow the world should not say that we have not done internet-based progressive education," Mr Yadav said at a function in the state capital, Lucknow, on Monday.

"Through internet, the children will enter a new world and get the benefit of progressive education," he said.

Uttar Pradesh is one of India's most backward states with a very high rate of unemployment.

Mr Yadav blamed the high unemployment rate on the wrong policies of the previous government and said that his government was trying to create new opportunities to bring in investment into the state.

At his election rallies last year, Mr Yadav had promised free laptops and tablets for students.

More on This Story

Related Stories

More India stories

RSS

Features & Analysis

  • An ant and a humanAnts v humans

    Do all the world's ants really weigh as much as all the humans?


  • Tattooed person using tabletRogue ink

    People who lost their jobs because of their tattoos


  • Indian coupleSuspicious spouses

    Is your sweetheart playing away? Call Delhi's wedding detective


  • Civilians who had been hiding inside during gun battles manage to flee  from the Westgate Mall in Nairobi, Kenya Saturday, 21 September 2013Westgate's questions

    One year on, Kenyans await answers about the mall attack


Elsewhere on the BBC

  • GeoguessrWhere in the world...?

    Think you are a geography expert? Test your knowledge with BBC Travel’s interactive game

Programmes

  • StudentsClick Watch

    Could a new social network help tailor lessons to students’ needs and spot when they fall behind?

BBC © 2014 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.