Soni gives smartphones to govt school students

Soni gives smartphones to govt school students

Cabinet Minister Om Parkash Soni gives a smartphone to a student of Class XII in Amritsar

Tribune News Service

Amritsar, August 12

Under the first phase of the Punjab Smart Connect Scheme, Medical Education and Research Minister OP Soni distributed smartphones among 15 Class XII government school students at an event held at Government School, Mall Road, here on Wednesday.

Under the state government-launched scheme, smartphones will be given to students for online education. The scheme will be implemented in different phases.

Soni said in Amritsar district, smartphones will be given to 13,741 students, of them 7,096 boys and 6,645 girls. “The government is distributing 1,73,823 smartphones across the state by spending Rs 92 crore. The smartphones have in-built educational apps and will provide information on government-run welfare schemes for students and needy persons,’ said Soni.

The mobile phones come with 2 GB RAM, 5.45 inche display, 1.5 GHz processor, 3,000 mAh battery, two side cameras, Android 9.0 operating system and 16 GB ROM, which is expandable up to 128 GB. Students will be able to get employment assistance, information on start up business and recruitment assistance through the mobile-based apps.

15 students get mobile phones in Tarn Taran

Cabinet Minister Sukhbinder Singh Sarkaria and Lok Sabha Member Jasbir Singh Dimpa distributed smartphones among 15 school students at a function organised at the District Administrative Complex (DAC) here on Wednesday.

Officials of the district administration said 6,417 students would be covered under the Punjab Smart Connect Scheme of the state government.

Sarkaria missed no opportunity to condemn the Opposition for “opposing” the welfare schemes of the state government. He appreciated the officials of the district Education Department for managing to increase admissions for Classes XI and XII, taking it to the top among all districts in the state. Its position in overall admissions was second, said the minister.

Khemkaran MLA Sukhpal Singh Bhullar and Patti MLA Harminder Singh Gill were also present at the function.

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