Six years after the grand launch of the NAMO (New Avenues of Modern Education) Tablet Yojana, the Gujarat government is mulling replacing it with a laptop scheme,
The tablet scheme has been mired in controversies due to the delay in the distribution of devices to students which was followed by a brief suspension, triggering criticism from opposition parties.
the Education Department in the state revealed similar laptop schemes in other states are being studied. “A report of how other states are implementing such schemes and its feasibility is being worked out at the moment.
Apart from the controversies, laptops are being considered due to the “utility” factor. “As laptops are more useful for college students than tablets, it makes sense to offer them what they can have an optimal benefit.
In the meantime, a technical committee constituted by the Education Department — after the agency concerned failed to meet the listed specifications for the NAMO e-tablets is scheduled to meet this week.