With a budget of Rs. 10 billion, the federal government has chosen to restart its laptop programme for university students.

Ahsan Iqbal, the minister of planning and development, made the announcement while speaking at a ceremony in Islamabad.

Speaking at the event, the federal minister announced that 100,000 laptops would be given to deserving students as part of this programme to give them more digital power.

According to Ahsan Iqbal, the National Bank of Pakistan (NBA) has also been asked to create laptop leasing products so that every university student can obtain a low-cost laptop.

The planning minister added that Pakistan can use information technology as one of its competitive advantages given the size of its young population.

Earlier in December 2022, SAPM on Youth Affairs Shaza Fatima Khawaja announced that the federal government has decided to restore Prime Minister Laptop Scheme and other various schemes under Prime Minister’s Youth Program (PMYP).

The SAPM said that government would distribute 100,000 laptops amongst deserving students this year under Prime Minister Laptop Scheme program.

Sharing details regarding laptop scheme, she said: “There will be 50 per cent share of women while transgender will also be accommodated.” Shaza Fatima went onto say that the quota of Balochistan has also been doubled.

Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif will soon launch this scheme,” she added.

Under Skills Development Program, the Special Assistant said over 100,000 youth will be provided with training in different fields with special focus on IT.



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