Prime Minister of Pakistan Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif has announced Free Laptop Scheme for Students across Pakistan. 100000 students will awarded Laptops.
Prime Minister Youth Program 2013-2014
The Prime Minister’s Scheme for Provision of Laptops is an attempt to enhance the scope of research and quality education in the country and increase the access to information technology.
How To Apply and Registration Process
You can apply in PM’s Scheme for Provision of Laptop as per eligibility criteria mentioned below. The federal cabinet has already given approval to all these initiatives.
All arrangements for the implementation of these programs have been completed. The laptop provision program will be completely on merit basis and transparent.
Therefore only eligible candidates should apply for this program. Government of Pakistan will announce the registration procedure with application forms after 3rd October 2013.
Prime Minister Laptop Scheme 2013 Criteria
Students, both male and female, registered in an HEC approved educational institution are eligible for the scheme. All masters/doctoral students and 50% under-graduate students will get the laptop.
The scheme has nationwide outreach; students registered in an HEC approved institute from across Pakistan can benefit from the scheme.
Cost per laptop
As an approximate, each laptop will be worth Rs.40,000.
A total of 100,000 students from across Pakistan will be awarded a laptop.
Budget Allocation FY 2013-14
The scheme has an allocated budget of Rs.4.0 billion for the financial year 2013-2014.
The Higher Education Commission (HEC)/Ministry of Education and Trainings will be the central executing agency for the scheme.
The Government of the Punjab has successfully implemented the scheme to provide free laptops to students in the past. Therefore, the pattern and parameters adopted in Punjab shall be replicated in the design and implementation of the scheme.
The Higher Education Commission is in negotiation with manufacturers for local assembly of laptop computers. This would increase the initiative’s feasibility with reference to a growth in the popularity of this scheme.