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SummaryTraining camps have been organised at least once in every college to educate students on how to operate the laptops.

The Akhilesh Yadav government in Uttar Pradesh is likely to direct colleges to organise training camps for students to keep a check on the sale of laptops that they had obtained free-of-cost under a state-run scheme.

Senior IAS officer and Secretary, Minority Welfare Devesh Chaturvedi has made a recommendation in this regard to the state government.

Chaturvedi, who has been asked to inspect the implementation of development schemes in Hathras district, has directed the district administration to organise such camps at regular intervals.

As per the recommendation, training to the students in their respective colleges should be given by officials of National Informatics Centre (NIC) and Hewlett Packard (HP), that has supplied laptops in these districts.

When contacted, Chaturvedi said, “During the training session, if the students are coming with the laptops, this will ensure that they have not sold the gadget. They could get technical problems with laptops resolved immediately with the help of officials of NIC and HP at the camps.”

In March, the SP government had begun distribution of free laptops among students who passed Class XII in 2012 and are now pursuing higher education.

The contract to the supply of 15 lakh laptops was given to Hewlett Packard (HP) and several lakh laptops have already been distributed in most of the districts.

As per the existing guidelines, training camps have been organised at least once in every college to educate students on how to operate the laptops.

“After one session, students are facing technical problems. If they sell their laptops, it will be against the objective of the government scheme,” an official added.

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