KARACHI: Despite the criticism towards the Youth Initiative Programme, some students are optimistic about the scheme and feel that the laptops will help them work harder.
Sameera Saleem, a student of MA English at Fatima Jinnah Girls College, thinks that contrary to what she had thought, the laptop she received from the government of Punjab is “very good” and assists her in the projects and case studies.
“This laptop is given to me as an incentive. This will inspire other students to work hard and earn themselves one.”
Like Saleem, other students also think that they concentrate on their studies more after receiving the laptop.
“This is a very good step,” says Sumama Habibullah. “Now students will concentrate more on their studies, I specially do, after receiving this laptop.”
The number of laptops distributed among the students has reached 85,000 out of the 125,000 laptops announced by the Government of Punjab.
The laptops, priced at Rs37,700 each, are distributed among students in elaborate ceremonies under the Shahbaz Sharif Youth Initiative.
Many students, who have received the laptops say that laptops have bridged the digital divide and has helped reducing reliance on crowded computer labs in their colleges and universities.
“The best thing about these laptops is that we don’t have to pay for the time we used to spend in internet cafes,” says Sana. “Now girls and boys will remain in their houses too.”