PM laptop scheme
Islamabad—As many as 84 laptops under the Prime Minister Laptop scheme Phase-II were distributed among the students of Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU) at a ceremony held here on Tuesday. Chairman Higher Educational Commission (HEC) Prof. Dr. Mukhtar Ahmed addressing faculty and students on the occassion, appreciated the AIOU for its consistent efforts to upgrading academic output. He said, the PM’s youth schemes mainly facilitate the people of low-developed regions and helped them to carry on their study at higher education level on government’s expenses. The enrollment of students in M.Phil and PhD programs got hundred time increase with the introduction of fee-reimbursement and other such schemes, he said. The HEC, he added had been doing its best for efficiently implementing the schemes which were assigned to it by the government. Dr. Mukhtar Ahmed said, in all 200,000 laptops would be distributed among the students in phase-2. Elaborating its unique features, he said mostly laptops had been assembled within the country by the Pakistani IT’s companies. HEC, he added, stood committed to facilitate the students of higher education learning so that they could able to take part in the country’s socio-economic development. It was a great encouragement to those, who were engaged in upgrading their academic profile through distance learning system, the HEC Chairman added. Dr. Shahid Siddiqui in vote of thanks lauded the pro-universities role of HEC in providing necessary funding for carrying out research-oriented task. In this connection, the role of chairman HEC and his team was highly commendable, he added. They also offered “fateha” for the departed souls. Vice Chancellor AIOU Prof. Dr. Shahid Siddiqui thanked the government and the HEC for including the AIOU students in the scheme.