Islamabad—Minister of Education Engr. Muhammad Balighur Rehman on Thursday said there were around 2500 laptops’ recipients under the Prime Minister’s youth scheme from Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU). The laptops were given to the students of Master, M.Phil and PhD level. While addressing the laptops’ distribution ceremony, the minister hoped that the winning students will use them as a tool to overcome knowledge gap in their study, enabling themselves to serve the society.
Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU) made valuable contribution in improving and expanding educational facilities for the people all over the country through distance learning system, he said.
The ceremony was also addressed by the Vice Chancellor Prof. Dr. Shahid Siddique who assured that the University will continue its march towards a better future for their students, by providing them quality education, with best study environment.
He hoped that the laptops will help them to undertake innovative and applied research work to serve the society.
He thanked the Higher Education Commission for giving necessary funding in doing the research work that is the University’s top priority.
Baligur Rehman appreciated Vice Chancellor and his team for bringing about qualitative improvement in the University’s overall working.
He noted that a number of praise-worthy steps were taken during the last two years for the uplift of the University, enhancing academic ranking and building up its good image.
About the laptop scheme, the Minister said it was designed and being implemented through a transparent and impartial manner and purely on merit basis. There is no discretionary power with the government in this connection.
This scheme got so popular that it was even acclaimed internationally and many countries including India took this scheme as a model to facilitate their students. It also serves as ‘knowledge corridor’ providing accessibility to the students to do their research work. He said, the government made huge budgetary allocation in the educational sector. The allocation to the HEC was Rs. 41 billon in the year 2012 to 2013 which was raised to Rs 82 billion in the recent year.
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his government were committed to improve the living conditions of the people through all possible means.
There is remarkable progress in almost all fields in the recent years, he added. The transparent and corruption-free policies of the government were recognized by the renowned World’s institution, including transparency international, he added. The ceremony was also addressed by the DG (Services) HEC Arshad Kamran, Director AIOU’s Rawalpindi region Dr Tuqeer Ahmed and Director Students’ advisory services Rana Tariq Javed.