Puducherry: Puducherry government has announced grant of free laptops to Scheduled Castes students pursuing B.E., B.Tech, M.Tech or MCA courses in government run or privately managed professional colleges.

 An official release said students would be eligible for the free laptops only when they have joined the colleges under government quota after selection by the Centralised Admission Committee (CENTAC).

It said the scheme has been brought into force from 2011-2012 academic year and students should be natives of Puducherry either by birth or by continuous residence for a period of not less than five years.

It said the annual parental income should not exceed Rs two lakh. The purpose of providing free laptops to underprivileged section of students is to assist them in doing their professional courses without any hitch, it said.