Minister of higher education Jaibhan Singh Pawaiya on Tuesday distributed smartphones among 55 students (2014-15 batch) from 11 government colleges of Indore for having over 75% attendance in their freshman year.
The BJP in its 2013 assembly election manifesto had promised to give smartphones to hard working and committed students of government colleges. A proposal on the matter was moved by the DHE in September 2014.
In January, the government set an April deadline to complete distribution of phones. The department had also written to all government colleges to submit a list of eligible students till January 28.
During his 55-minute speech on Tuesday, Pawaiya said: “In the world of globalisation, smartphones have become a necessity and our chief minister has fulfilled the promise he made to thousands of students before the 2013 assembly election.”
He also encouraged students to draw inspiration from Prime Minister Narendra Modi and former President of India APJ Abdul Kalam, who were born in small towns.
The ministers said students would notice “vast change” in the higher education from the next session.
The programme was held at the Devi Ahilya Vishwavidhyalaya’s auditorium at Takshila campus.
The department of higher education (DHE) will reward the current batch (2015-16) of students with similar attendance record at an event next month.