Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif presided over a high-level meeting which reviewed the progress regarding the procurement of laptops for talented students of the province.
Giving the approval to purchase 1.5 lakh laptops immediately during the current financial year, the Chief Minister said that process of procurement of laptops should be completed at the earliest and laptops of the latest model should be purchased for the students.
He said that the merit-based laptop distribution programme is an important step towards empowering the youth. He said that the Punjab government has already distributed lakhs of laptops at a cost of billions of rupees among talented students.
The chief minister directed that no delay should be tolerated in the purchase of the laptops and that all the matters should be completed immediately in a transparent manner. Youths are being harmonized with latest demands of the age with the distribution of these laptops and becoming aware of new inventions and the changing situation throughout the world through laptops, he added.
The chief minister said that the provision of resources for empowering the youth is a useful investment and that the Punjab government will provide all out resources for awareness programmes about modern technology for the youth. He said that benefitting from information technology is need of the hour, and that is why effective steps have been taken for the promotion of information technology in the province.
Shehbaz Sharif said that the programme of distribution of laptops among youth on merit is yielding positive results. He said that education is the only way through which trends of extremism can be eliminated from the society.
Punjab government has taken revolutionary steps for the promotion of quality education and modern knowledge, he added. He said that IT labs have been set up a cost of billions of rupees in schools in the province.
He said that more than 1.5 lakh talented girls and boys of unfortunate families are studying in prestigious educational institutions through Punjab Educational Endowment Fund. He said that the steps taken by Punjab government for the promotion of education are becoming a source of reducing the gulf between the poor and the rich. Provincial Minister for Higher Education Begum Zakia Shahnawaz, Chief Secretary, Chairman Planning & Development, Secretary Higher Education and concerned officials were also present on the occasion.