All students who take admission in the undergraduate courses of Delhi University (DU) from this academic session onwards in July will be provided with free laptops, the administration has decided.
The Delhi University has decided to start a new four-year baccalaureate honours degree from the coming session with the curricula of all subjects being revised. Eleven new compulsory foundation courses, with emphasis on learning through online lectures, applications and games, are also being introduced.
"Each student will need a laptop under the new system as we are using IT in a big way to make the courses more interesting. The university has made the decision to provide the students with these," a senior DU official said.
There are 54,000 seats at the undergraduate level in the university. All students would be provided with a laptop irrespective of the course they are admitted into. The laptops will have special software loaded embedded in them. A plan to have previously loaded e-lectures and e-books for the compulsory foundation courses is also being discussed.
The laptops will be provided to each college, which will in turn disburse them among students after signing an undertaking or depositing a security amount. The university has not floated a tender to procure the laptops so far and the acquisition is expected to be made through government agencies. The university officials are also working towards creating an infrastructure for better connectivity and bandwidth in colleges.
A bandwidth of 1,000 MB will be available in National Knowledge Network, which can be used to connect colleges and carry out online lecture series. The university had, earlier this year, signed an MoU with the Software Technology Parks of India to improve its connectivity and create an innovation park.