The federal government led by the Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PML-N) has decided to revive its historic laptop allocation program. The program falls under youth development initiatives for bright students.
The government of Pakistan is always trying to boost its education sector. As we have seen, the government has taken many initiatives in the field of education. Whether opening new universities, creating new departments or introducing new courses. As we know, education plays a vital role in the development of any country. Therefore, the government always allocates a budget to its education sector. Former Prime Minister Mian Mohammad Nawaz Sharif is the one who promoted the PM Laptop program. The objective was to reduce the digital divide and provide tools that support the learning of students in public education.
According to HEC sources, a budget of nearly 10 billion rupees is allocated for the program. BS, MPhil, PhD and undergraduate students will receive the laptops. Also, it will take place at Allama Iqbal Open University and Virtual University.
The government establishes a committee to oversee the criteria and other matters for this purpose. Dr. Mukhtar Ahmed, Chairman of the Higher Education Commission (HEC), will lead the proceedings. Also, according to the announcement posted on Academia Mag, students will receive laptops in early 2023.
The 14-member committee includes the Executive Director of HEC, an Additional Finance (Budget) Secretary from the Government of Pakistan and a member of the Planning and Development, Science and Technology Division. Also, Secretary of Punjab Higher Education Commission, Secretary of Sindh Higher Education Commission and Secretary of Balochistan Higher Education Commission. Also, Secretary of Higher Education Commission Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, a representative of National Information Technology Council, and Secretary of Higher Education Department of Azad Jammu and Kashmir. Representative of Punjab Information Technology Council. Representative of the Prime Minister’s Office of Pakistan, Project Director of the HEC Pakistan Youth Laptop Scheme committee and co-opted members.
According to the notification, the Supervisory Board will decide how and when to start the program. In addition, they will define the guidelines and the distribution of laptops to young people. The established committee has the power to accept or reject any proposal. They will also examine the budget and the calendar of the said regime. They will also suggest the technical and non-technical needs of the project.