The federal government led by the Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PML-N) has decided to resume its historic program of awarding laptops as part of youth development initiatives for bright students, Academia learned on Tuesday. According to HEC sources, a budget of 10 billion rupees is allocated for the program and laptops will be provided to students of BS, Masters, MPhil, PhD, Undergraduate (with a limited number), Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU)and Virtual University (SEEN).
To this end, the government has also set up a committee under the supervision of the President of the Higher Education Commission (CET) Dr. Mukhtar Ahmad who will finalize all questions including criteria and others. According to the notification available with 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, a member of the Planning and Development, Science and Technology Division, the Secretary of the Department of Higher Education of Punjab, Secretary of Sindh Higher Education Department, Secretary of Balochistan Higher Education Department, Secretary of Higher Education Department Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, a representative of the National Council of information (NITB)Secretary of Higher Education Department Azad Jammu and Kashmir, Representative of Punjab Information Technology Council (PITB)Representative of the Office of the Prime Minister of Pakistan, Project Director/Secretary of the HEC Pakistan Youth Laptop Scheme Committee and a co-opted member.
According to the notification, the steering committee will consider when and how to start the youth laptop distribution program and establish the rules and procedures. The committee will review the budget and schedule of said program and recommend the team for technical and non-technical support in the project; the steering committee also has the power to reject or accept any proposal.