PM Free Laptop Scheme will provide free laptops to the students studying in public sector universities. Laptops will be given to schedule announced by PMO. PM Free Laptop Scheme criteria is very simple. All post-graduates students will be given laptops and 50% of the total enrolled students in under-graduates studies in HEC recognized public sector universities of Pakistan will be considered eligible under provision of free laptops scheme.
Under PM Laptop Scheme, about 100 thousand students will be entertained from all over Pakistan.
PM Scheme for Provision of Free Laptops
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.
PM Laptop Scheme Eligibility 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.