Hyderabad: After a Telangana school student complained that she was missing online classes since her family did not own a television, TRS Chevella MP, Dr.G.Ranjith Reddy, donated 510 television sets in various gram panchayats in Vikarabad district of Telangana.

Online classes for Telangana school students commenced from 1 September. All government, aided, and unaided schools have been directed to follow PRAGYATA guidelines for digital education formulated by the National Council for Education Research and Training (NCERT).

However, a ground survey conducted by the state education officers found that some families living in the ultra rural belt of Telangana do not own television sets or smartphones due to which their children are missing online classes.

The issue was discussed during a review meeting after which Dr. Ranjith decided to donate 510 TVs to the gram panchayats. Speaking to NewsMeter, the MP said, “Basic education is the right of every child. These 510 TV sets (which cost Rs.10,000 each) will be given to the gram panchayats. Based on their timetable, students can come to the offices and attend online classes. The officials have been directed to ensure social distance is maintained during the classes. This initiative will primarily benefit senior students.”

The distribution of TVs across Vikarabad district will end on Sunday. “The countless thank-yous from parents and the happy faces of the students makes me happy. I will soon propose the idea to Chief Minister K. Chandrashekar Rao at the review meeting. I wish to connect more with students and advise my colleagues to come forward with their own unique ideas. No student should miss education because of a lack of amenities,” he added.

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