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Bhopal City
Madhya Pradesh govt to give 1.55 lakh free smart phones to students
04-08-2014

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.