HCL Info bags Rs. 278 crore laptop order from ELCOT

by CXOtoday Staff    Feb 21, 2012

The project is an integral part of the Tamil Nadu government’s vision in enhancing the role of technology in the state education system.

HCL Infosystems bagged a contract from Electronics Corporation of Tamil Nadu Ltd. (ELCOT) for the Free Distribution of Laptops project to students of government and state aided schools and colleges across the state.

ELCOT is the nodal agency for procurement of laptops for the project.

This is the first phase of the 5-year project in which HCL will supply two lakh laptops out of a total order volume of nine lakh laptop units.

“The efforts made by the Government of Tamil Nadu and ELCOT for encouraging ICT enabled education are truly commendable and we look forward to this continued association. We are confident that such initiatives will boost PC penetration and democratize access to technology by students,” said APS Bedi, Executive Vice President, HCL Infosystems.

HCL will provide two lakh laptops to students in seven districts comprising of 24 Taluk Offices. The company will also set up its service centres in all of these Taluks to offer comprehensive maintenance and handle any service requests.

The project is an integral part of the Tamil Nadu government’s vision in enhancing the role of technology in the state education system. The project will enhance PC adoption among students in the state and the student community is expected to immensely benefit from the scheme.

The laptops will also cover both open source BOSS operating system as well as Microsoft Windows. ELCOT is also planning with other respective government organizations to provide a few useful educational applications along with each laptop. These applications will be then pre-loaded in the HCL laptops.

As per the free laptop scheme of the Tamil Nadu government, 68 lakh laptops are to be distributed to government-aided higher secondary school and college students. The government had said that it will distribute 9.12 lakh laptops this year, and the balance in the next four years.

According to reports, the whole project will entail a cost of Rs. 10,200 crore.