Madhya Pradesh govt to give 1.55 lakh free smart phones to students
BHOPAL: Madhya Pradesh government is all set to give free
smart phones to students taking admission in first semester of graduation in
government colleges in the state. During current academic session 2014-15, free
smart phones will be given to about 1.55 lakh newly admitted students.
This facility to students is being given to bring them
on a par with other developed countries’ students and introducing various
communication mediums to promote e-learning in this age of globalization.
Through this, students will be able to increase their knowledge.
All domicile students of Madhya Pradesh, who take admission
in graduation first semester will be benefited with the scheme. There will be
no age or caste bar. Smart phone will be taken back if a student abandons
studies midway or does not study regularly. The scheme will also benefit
students of remote areas. This will help increase gross enrolment ratio.
Number of smart phone users in the country has
increased by 33 percent during last 2 years. Time of using smart phones has
also increased by 20 percent. A smart phone user in India spends average 3
hours a day on its use. About 25 percent users check smart phones for over 100
times a day. One-third of user’s time is spent on use of various applications
of smart phone.
World of mobile computing has undergone a
revolutionary change with increase of speed and expansion of network
connectivity in the state and arrival of 2G, 3G and 4G. This change has been
brought about by mobile applications like WhatsApp and WeChat. Smart phone has
been successful in becoming a pocket learning appliance for mobile users.
Due to lack of proper wi-fi and broadband facility in
offices and houses, 8 out of 10 persons use mobile broadband, 2G, 3G and 4G
through smart phones. In this way, youths are using a new pocket technology in
the form of smart phone.