The Higher Education Commission (HEC) under Prime Minister’s Laptop Scheme would distribute around 200,000 laptops in Phase-IV and V among students of public sector universities and degree awarding institutions.
According to sources from HEC on Monday, the last date of applying for the laptops is September 30. The first phase of the laptops scheme had been initiated in 2013-14 and it was decided to distribute 100,000 laptops in each FY of the government.
As, it was the last year of the sitting government due to which it has been decided to distribute remaining 200,000 laptops in 2017-18.
The government under the scheme had distributed around 300,000 laptops in educational years of 2013-14, 2015-16 and 2016-17 under Phase-I, II and III.
The laptop scheme was initiated by former prime minister Nawaz Sharif and it was also decided that 500,000 laptops would be distributed among Ph.D and M.Phil students, from 2013 to 15.
Now, the government has decided to distribute 200,000 laptops in the last year of its tenure to complete the target of 500,000 laptops in four years. Initially, the laptops were distributed among public sector universities and later, colleges and technical colleges had also been included in the scheme.
Likewise, initially, only Ph.D and M.Phil students were selected for the scheme, later BS level students were also given laptops. When the scheme was launched, the distance learning universities were not part of it, while later Allama Iqbal Open University and Virtual University were also selected for the scheme.