PESHAWAR: Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif on Tuesday launched the Prime Minister National Laptop Scheme for talented students of Khyber Pakthunkhwa, including the merged areas.
The laptop distribution ceremony was held at Governor House and attended by Governor Haji Ghulam Ali, Caretaker Chief Minister Muhammad Azam Khan, Federal Minister for Information Marriyum Aurangzeb, Deputy Speaker National Assembly Zyad Akram Durrani, Special Assistant for Youth Affairs Shaza Fatima, PM’s Adviser Engr Amir Muqam and others.
The prime minister distributed laptops among the position holder students of different universities.
Speaking on the occasion, he said the scheme was launched for all talented students of the country and the laptops were being distributed strictly on merit. No favouritism or nepotism would be tolerated in its distribution, he added.
The prime minister said 100,000 laptops would be distributed among students in the country this year. A total of one million laptops were distributed so far among students under the scheme.
He announced an increase in laptops distribution from existing 100,000 to 400,000 in accordance with the province’s population ratio per year if voted to power. He said quality research and education were imperative for sustainable development and economic growth.
The prime minister said the re-happening of the May 9 vandalism incident can be countered through the promotion of education for which the government decided to distribute laptops among students to divert their attention towards studies.