As many as 1,116 students of evening classes received laptops in a distribution ceremony at the Government College University Faisalabad (GCUF) on Monday.
The event was presided over by GCUF Vice Chancellor Prof Zakir Hussain. MNA Begum Khalida Mansoor and MPA Khwaja Muhammad Islam were the chief guests.
In his address following the distribution, the vice chancellor urged the students to use the laptops to enhance their knowledge.
“Computers can help you call upon a complete library, bring revolutionary changes in your studies and knowledge and is essential to meet educational demands to excel in today’s world,” he said.
The vice chancellor expressed his confidence in the youth and said that they would make the country strong, invincible and self reliant for a progressive and welfare state. He said that the government was distributing laptops among talented students of the country on merit and without any quota or political consideration. It had been initiated to provide better and latest facilities to the students, he said.
Muhammad Asim, a postgraduate student and one of the recipients of a laptop said he had always wanted to buy a laptop but could not afford it.
He said getting a laptop was a “dream come true.”
“These laptops will help students stay in touch with the latest information and improve their knowledge,” Gul Jahan, another recipient of a laptop said.
Assistant Professor Abdul Haq said laptops and desktops had become an essential part of learning and teaching at colleges and universities.
He said the status gaps in the country had become clearer over the years. This, he said, was creating hurdles in boosting up the hidden qualities of the new generation.
“Chief minister’s decision to distribute laptops among the deserving students is a revolutionary step. It will help in improving the standard of education,” he said.
Published in The Express Tribune, June 5th, 2012.