PM Laptop Scheme 2014 is to handle provision of free laptops among 100,000 talented students studying in universities, both in undergraduate and postgraduate programs. These laptops will be from Govt. of Pakistan as a gift. The distribution of laptops will start hopefully in May 2014. Punjab Government will also distribute additional 25 thousand laptops totaling the number to 125,000 laptops in 2014.
The Prime Minister’s National Program for Provision of Laptops to Talented Students has been intended to supply quality laptops free of cost so that students may get help in their study for research purpose.
The Higher Education Commission, Pakistan has been assigned the task to handle the purchasing and delivery and distribution of laptops. The HEC has also invited bids for procurement of one hundred thousand (100,000) laptop computers during the Financial Year 2013-2014. The procurement of those 100k laptops are under the program named “Prime Minister’s (National) Program for Provision of Laptops to Talented Students”.
This scheme has been set up to promote access to information technology and its proper use in the students after the successful distribution of about 300,000 laptops in the last two years by Govt. of the Punjab under CM Punjab e-initiative (Laptop Scheme) and Govt. of KPK scheme for provision of Laptops (Ujala). Now, this scheme has been launched by federal government and will cover all provinces i.e. Punjab, Sindh, KPK, Balochistan, Azad Jammu and Kashmir, Gilgit Baltistan and the federal area Islamabad.
A minimum of 50,000 laptops must be delivered within 30 days of opening of LC after the signing of the contract by the Selected Bidder, to the institutions indicated by the HEC. The rest of the approximately 50,000 laptops must be delivered within 50 days of opening of first LC after the signing of the contract.
As it has been notified by HEC that the last date for the receipt of bids from the companies was 25th February 2014 so it can be assumed that all talented students will get free laptops before June 2014. An advertisement for the third time has also been published today on March 20, 2014 in leading news papers of Pakistan for setting up contract with company for the provision of laptops for PM Laptop Scheme 2014.