Karnataka's flagship event on IT and Electronics was inaugurated today by Siddaramaiah, Chief Minister of Karnataka.Special arrangement

Samsung India on Tuesday announced an initiative that will see the company donate tablets to underprivileged girl students of government schools and from rural areas of Karnataka for the next three years.

The announcement was made on day two of, an ongoing event organised by the Karnataka government in association with the Department of IT & BT and Software Technology Parks of India (STPI) that will feature hundreds of startups and technology companies pitching their products and services to top business executives, government officials, and investors.

Aimed at promoting computer and digital education to underprivileged girl students of Government Schools and rural areas, the MoU signed between Samsung India (SRIB) and the Department of IT & BT, Government of Karnataka will see Samsung will donate 400 tablets in the current financial year.

"It gives us immense pride to collaborate with the Government of Karnataka on project Chetana, which aims to empower the girl child with technology exposure and mentoring. The project has enabled 333 girls in the first phase of the programme, encouraging innovation and excellence," Dr Aloknath De, CTO, Samsung Research Institute said in a statement.

The tablets provided by Samsung will be used by Chetana Programme, an ongoing initiative of the Department of IT and BT to empower girls with technology. The programme grants meritorious girls who have passed their SSLC from Government Schools in Karnataka to be mentored for two years, where they are accorded opportunities such as regular residential camps, hands-on workshops, domain-specific winter schools etc. to ensure the girls are able to achieve excellence in their areas of interest.

"We are pleased with the success of Chetana, a program that is the testimonial to our commitment to the empowerment of students from the rural areas through technology. We are happy that private sector recognises the need and efficiency of such initiatives and has come forward to support them," Priyank Kharge, Minister for IT, BT and Tourism, Govt. of Karnataka had said.