A colourful ceremony was held in Lahore sub-campus of a public sector university to distribute laptops in 38 MPhil students under the Prime Minister’s Laptop Scheme here on Friday. Provincial Minister Higher Education Syed Raza Ali Gillani was the chief guest. Chairman Punjab Higher Education Commission Dr. Muhammad Nizamuddin was also present on the occasion.
In his keynote address, the Minister asked the students to use this laptop facility for improving their research skills and elicit solutions of modern-day challenges by studying latest innovations and knowledge-trends in their respective fields. He said that IT has overpowered every section of the society, and it is very helpful in improving service delivery as well as elevating the quality of life of the hoi polloi. Pakistan can also earn huge foreign exchange reserves by promoting its IT potentials according to needs of the international market.
He said that the Punjab government is committed to develop students as team-leaders by providing them world-class education. For this purpose, a holistic development related reforms agenda has been underlined to develop the higher education sector by providing it necessary resources. As a result of IT based interventions, the Punjab has emerged as an important player in the education sector where students have full access to information and communication technologies. This has increased their future economic prospects, he added.
He said that Pakistan is an important south asian country where abundance of natural and human resources are available; while CPEC project has further augmented its development process. An educated youth is an asset in today’s world. With the convergent impacts of globalization, the increasing importance of knowledge as a driver of growth and information & communication revolution is recognized globally.