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Akhilesh Yadav set to distribute 14-inch HP laptops to 10,000 intermediate passouts of 2012 (eyeing 2014 elections) at Colvin Taluqdars’ College ground in March

lucknow Updated: Feb 27, 2013 14:09 IST
HT Correspondent

Come March 11 and about 10,000 intermediate passouts of 2012 will get back home with a smile on their face and a 14-inch HP laptop slung over their shoulders. They will collect their freebie from chief minister Akhilesh Yadav (eyeing 2014 elections) at Colvin Taluqdars’ College ground.

The students of government and aided schools will be the first ones to get the preloaded click-and-browse easy-to-use gadget. But, the private school students, particularly that of ISC and CBSE boards, will just have to wait patiently for their turn, an official said and added the aim is to complete distribution of 15 lakh laptops in seven months.

This means by Diwali all 15 lakh students who passed Class 12 last year will have their laptops in their study.

Will it be that easy? “The web portal designed to track the laptops tablet distribution was created only to ease the burden. It will maintain a complete database of beneficiaries,” an official said.

Believe it or not, the state government’s gift to students can make anybody envy them. The HP laptops offer much more than what one could have asked for. Packed with 2GB RAM-expandable up to 4GB- this is as good as any other laptop available in the market in the Rs 35,000 range.

What more it comes with 320 GB hard drive, inbuilt web camera, speakers, optical drive, primary boot running Windows 7 Starter edition along with Microsoft Security Essentials anti-virus and a secondary Linux/uBuntu secondary boot with recovery disk, the HP laptop comes in metal alloy casing.

According to the specifications sheet, the laptop has a rich LED 14-inch HD display with 3 USB 2.0 ports, a microphone jack, HDMI, speaker out jack, etc. It’s also bundled with a customised laptop bag, besides accessories such as the user manual, power cable and the AC charger.

The best feature of these laptops is their three-hour battery backup which will come in handy in the power-starved rural and semi-rural areas of UP. Small size of the laptop is the main reason behind the excellent battery backup. These laptops would also have a built-in graphics card, a web cam and speakers.

Interestingly, the basic input/ output system (BIOS) would have a permanently burned logo of the UP state government and images of chief minister and SP chief. It may be small in size but the hardware specifications coupled with 3-hour battery backup make it excellent piece of machinery for students.