Press Esc to close
Friday 25 July 2014
News updated at 7:09 PM IST
Weather
Max: 28.5°C
Min : 19.8°C
In Bangalore
Sunny day

Free laptops will have Tamil Nadu state logo burnt on chip

Chennai, June 18 (IANS)

In an attempt to prevent beneficiaries of its free laptop scheme from selling the product or its diversion to the open market, the Tamil Nadu government has ordered the manufacturers supplying the laptops to burn their logo on the chip so that it is displayed when the machine is switched on.

Similarly the state government's logo should also be printed on the laptop's motherboard, engraved and screen printed at suitable places as per instructions of the Electronics Corporation of Tamil Nadu Ltd (Elcot), the issuer of the tender.

Elcot has issued an international competitive tender for sourcing 912,000 laptops.
The free laptop computer scheme is the poll promise of the ruling AIADMK party headed by Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa.

Over the next five years, the Tamil Nadu government envisages providing nearly 6.8 million laptops to students, involving an outlay of around Rs.10,200 crore at Rs.15,000 per piece.


In the first year of the programme (2011-12), 912,000 laptops are to be provided, starting this September.

Jayalalithaa during her meeting with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in New Delhi this week asked the central government for a special grant of Rs.10,200 crore to implement the scheme.

The tender stipulates that the laptop processor should be a minimum of Intel Pentium Dual Core P6200 or Equivalent AMD Processor (clock speed of minimum 2.1 GHZ) with 2 GB DDR3 SD RAM at 1066 Mhz speed, 14 inch screen, 320 GB hard disk drive and in-built camera.

Elcot has stipulated that the manufacturers have to provide three-year warranty for the laptops and one-year on its battery with three-hour back-up capacity.

The successful bidder should set up service centres in all the taluk headquarters and operate them for 39 months. At least one percent of critical hot spares should be maintained at service centres till the completion of the warranty period.

The successful bidder should keep the spares available for sale at least for a period of two years after the completion of the warranty period, notes the tender condition.

As to the preloaded software, the tender stipulates the laptops should have dual booting -- Windows starter edition with Anti Virus for one year licence and Linux. Tamil software -- enabling typing in Word, Spreadsheet, presentation and database programmes -- and complying with Unicode standard should be preloaded. These apart, any other free educational contents that are useful for the students shall be preloaded in the laptops.

Go to Top

Photo Gallery
Army Chief General Bikram Singh paying homage to Kargil war martyrs at their memorial...

Army Chief General Bikram Singh paying homage to Kargil war martyrs at their memorial...

Indian Muslims hold placards during a protest against Israel's attack on Gaza...

Indian Muslims hold placards during a protest against Israel's attack on Gaza...

Lyricist and MP Javed Akhtar and BJP MP Sakshi Maharaj...

Lyricist and MP Javed Akhtar and BJP MP Sakshi Maharaj...

Muslims offering Jumat-ul-Vida prayers at Badi Chaupad near...

Muslims offering Jumat-ul-Vida prayers at Badi Chaupad near...

England's Jason Kenny, left, leads Australia's Matthew Glaetzer, during the...

England's Jason Kenny, left, leads Australia's Matthew Glaetzer, during the...

Scotland's Ross Murdoch wipes away tears after...

Scotland's Ross Murdoch wipes away tears after...

Ross Murdoch of Scotland reacts after winning the men's 200m ...

Ross Murdoch of Scotland reacts after winning the men's 200m ...

India's Manpreet Singh dives for the ball during his side's field hockey match...

India's Manpreet Singh dives for the ball during his side's field hockey match...

India's Gold medal winner Sukhen Dey and Bronze medal winner Ganesh Mali pose after...

India's Gold medal winner Sukhen Dey and Bronze medal winner Ganesh Mali pose after...

India's gold medalist Sanjita Khumukcham and compatriot silver medallist...

India's gold medalist Sanjita Khumukcham and compatriot silver medallist...

Copyright 2014, The Printers (Mysore) Private Ltd., 75, M.G Road, Post Box 5331, Bangalore - 560001
Tel: +91 (80) 25880000 Fax No. +91 (80) 25880523