New Delhi: The wait for low-cost laptops for students is finally over. After much deliberation by government for two and a half years, the first lot of the gizmo will reach this month itself, in a bid to enable students for enhancing technical know-how.

The price of the laptop has been pegged at Rs 2,200 and the cost may be reduced further. The government is seeing it as a revolution in higher education.

The laptops for the education purposes have been designed and engineered in India and developed in Canada, according to sources.

Ministry of Human Resource Development has placed the order for one lakh laptops. The laptops are expected to arrive within 3-4 months, said sources.

Initially, 3,000 laptops will be given free to state governments for trial and thereafter they will distribute them among students. If students find any problem in the laptops, they will be removed.

IIT-Rajasthan will receive the first lot of laptops this month. Around 10, 000 laptops have been ordered for the institute. The HRD Ministry has already sanctioned funds for it.

The government through National Education Mission with the help of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) wants to maximize the benefit of technology in higher education. The low-priced laptop is the part of this mission.

According to sources, the cost of these laptops can be divided equally between the Centre and the states.

JPN/Rajkeshwar Singh