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HP Commences fulfillment of UP State Government contract

Hewlett-Packard has begun fulfilment for India’s largest digital inclusion project – the distribution of 1.5 million HP notebooks by Uttar Pradesh (UP) government to eligible students in the state. The first 10,000 HP notebooks were handed out by the Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Shri Akhilesh Yadav at a ceremony held at Colvin Taluqdars’ College in Lucknow.

As part of the project, HP notebooks are being provided by the UP state government to all students passing Class 12 or equivalent examinations in 2012, and enrolling for higher education, across 313 tehsils in the Uttar Pradesh region.

Rajiv Srivastava, Vice President and General Manager, Printing and Personal Systems Group HP India while lauding the UP government’s ‘vision of delivering technology access to 1.5 million students across the state,’ said, “It’s our privilege to be part of this groundbreaking project which aligns HP’s vision of using technology to change the lives of millions and making it matter for them through education.”

This contract provides students a world-class product and support experience, and positions HP as a frontrunner in innovative digital inclusion projects.

On January 28, the UP state government awarded the Rs. 2,800 crore (USD 515 mn approx) contract to HP to supply 1.5 million notebooks over a seven month period. HP was selected to be the sole provider following a stringent selection process that evaluated all aspects of the device, distribution, after sales support, pricing and training capabilities.

This project is a powerful boost to higher education in the state and is in sync with the UP government's vision to drive social progress by empowering students with technology.

As part of the contract, HP will supply the HP Pavilion G4 notebooks, which have a 14 inch display, resolution of 1024 by 768 pixels, 2 GB of internal memory, 500 GB hard disk capacity, webcam, three hours of battery backup, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi support. It also includes three USB ports, HDMI, Media card reader, a port for the microphone jack, a VGA, one headphone or speaker out port apart from the AC power slot, a DVD Read and Write optical drive and support typing in three languages - Hindi, English and Urdu. The devices will run the Windows 7 platform with MS Office Pro Academic Version 2010 and an option to run on UBUNTU LINUX as well, in dual boot mode.

As part of the contract, HP will be setting up a call center at Lucknow along with service centers at all the 313 tehsils based on the distribution schedule. The service centers will be fully equipped to provide repair through dedicated and certified team of engineers. HP will also maintain a stock of fast moving spares parts at all the service centers to ensure faster repair and turnaround time. The performance report will be shared with U. P. Electronics Corporation Limited team on an ongoing basis. A full day training to teachers about the products and demonstration to students is also planned. The training content will be in English and Hindi.

12-Mar-2013 08:12:05
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