Laptop scheme: Embracing ‘reward for hardwork’ with a little skepticism

Published: April 21, 2012

Over 1,500 laptops distributed among students from all over the country. PHOTO: FILE

ISLAMABAD: 

Student who received laptops from the Punjab government on Friday, contemplated if it was an act of facilitating them or a plan to reel in votes for the ruling party. Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz President Nawaz Sharif, in a ceremony at the Convention Centre, distributed over 1,500 laptops among students from all over the country.

The initiative is the first in many to come, said Sharif during his address. He shared that in total they are distributing 125,000 computers and plan to distribute 300,000 laptops next year.

He also spoke of his academic career and while some students could relate to his speech, Umar Saleem while talking to The Express Tribune, said “His comments on how his party has accomplished a lot in a short span of time were self-promotional.”

Hira Arshad, another student, said that the majority of students are supporters of PTI and this scheme was a technique of gathering the youth’s support. However, she said it was a great initiative to facilitate hard working and needy students.

Arshad added that she could afford to buy a laptop herself and has three computers now. “I’ll give this one to my younger sister,” she said.

Higher Education Secretary Kashif Faraz said the initiative aims to inculcate technology in the hands of bright youngsters. Responding to the students’ complaints of having to wait long hours to receive the laptops, he said transporting such a large quantity of laptops and registering students and verifying their IDs took a lot of time.

The budget for the initiative is Rs4 billion and due to bulk buying each laptop cost Rs37,750 instead of the regular Rs47,000.

Published in The Express Tribune, April 21st, 2012.

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Reader Comments (8)

  • nazar
    Apr 21, 2012 - 9:38AM

    who says it is 47000? I have offered Mr Pervaiz rasheed and Secretary Info Mohyudin Vani for providing them better version at 15000 rupees a piece..issue is that it was public money so mercilessly spent by Chairman P&D Javed Aslam..
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  • Apr 21, 2012 - 6:05PM

    300,000 laptop next year again?????
    That will be really great….

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  • Apr 21, 2012 - 6:07PM

    I can buy core2duo laptop in 30,000 in pindi sadar…

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  • nazar
    Apr 21, 2012 - 6:15PM

    you are very right, in Karachi Computor market, core2duo without Windows is for 25000 rupees..it is really a loot, wish we all stand up now to such thuggaries…it is our money…we the poor tax payers..thanks truth exposed..

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  • Apr 23, 2012 - 11:23AM

    exactly………..again a new scheme of corruption……..
    hi nazar is there any laptop in jxt 15000……….???
    from where…………????tell me plzzzz

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  • Apr 23, 2012 - 11:25AM

    exactly…

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  • Apr 23, 2012 - 11:27AM

    @nazar:realllllllyyyyyy………..????is there any computer in jxt 15000………..???
    from where yaaaaaaaar……….???

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  • Sanjran
    Apr 30, 2012 - 12:55AM

    Hellow dear.
    Im from Balochistan and my sister was nominated for this as she was in one of the top students and they were called on 18th and the program was conducted on 20th. She was not able to attend that.So now can she have that laptop? From where should we call at and from our school 5 students were mentioned and non of them were able to get to islamabad from Balochistan.So kindly tell me what to do and from where i have to ask for this reward.this is my fone number 03156545751 and this is my email. sanjran007@gmail.com…..
    As now im in islamabad and i was told about this today by my uncle…I will really be thankfull to anyone who tells me what to do for the reward….

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