The parents of two girls, aged 12 and 15, in Pune have managed to buy SIM cards for their school from a telecommunication company for about Rs 10,000 each.
They were travelling from the city to Kolkata in an attempt to purchase the SIMs as they had not been able to get their hands on them.
The two girls will be enrolled in Panchayat 5 (School) in Puducherry.
The company which provided the SIM cards is Verita Telecom.
The school has about 3,000 students in the district and the children are enrolled in the school in the afternoon.
“I want to get the SIM card, because I have never used a mobile phone before.
I am so excited and thankful to them,” said the teacher, Sreenivas Pankaja, who is also a resident of Pune.
The SIM cards have a base price of Rs 5,000.
“The SIM card has an unlimited number of use.
The first SIM has unlimited use, the second one has unlimited.
The third SIM has the same limit,” said Pankaj.
The students were not able to buy the SIM after buying them from a SIM dealer.
“We have not been connected to the internet.
I did not even know about the SIM.
The card is very small.
It is just a few centimetres.
But we will definitely use it,” said Sreenivas.
The girls will start school next week.