Bhubaneswar: Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today distributed free laptops to +2 pass out meritorious students under the “Biju Sashaktikaran Yojana” at the Lok Seva Bhawan here.
Under the Biju Sashaktikaran Yojana which started since 2013, every year 15,000 laptops are distributed for free to 15,000 +2 pass out meritorious students.
Till now, as many as 90,203 students have been covered under the scheme.
While on earlier occasions, top 15,000 students from different streams Arts/Science/Commerce/Vocational/Sanskrit and different categories such as General/SC/ST were selected on merit basis at the State level, this year meritorious students have been selected at the district level by a selection committee constituted by the government.
This method has been adopted over the earlier selection process to give better representation of meritorius students of all 30 districts of the State.
This year, the students have been provided with Lenovo laptops at a cost of Rs 29, 554 each.
This year, while 9,491 meritorious students from the General category have been selected for getting free laptops, 5,509 have been selected from the SC/ST category.