Kolkata: Chief minister Mamata Banerjee on Thursday launched a direct bank transfer (DBT) of Rs 10,000 to all 9 lakh students of Class XII of madrasas and higher secondary schools to help them buy tablets or smartphones for online learning.
The money transfer to students was likely to be completed within a week, Banerjee said and hoped they would study well with the help of the gadgets, make Bengal proud and not forget their roots.
She said the state government had initially planned to hand over tablets to the 9 lakh students, but barely 1.5 lakh sets were available and so had to resort to DBT. “Keep the mobile phones safe and with care, so that it can be used for long. You buy the phones or tablets, so you learn well online. Now e-learning helps enhance your knowledge base,” Banerjee said.
The CM said the state budget for education had increased 10 times in the last 10 years as 30 universities, 14 medical colleges and 31 colleges were set up along with 7,000 schools, 272 ITIs and 176 polytechnics.
As many as 1 crore students were provided bicycles and another 20 lakh will get these soon, she said.