islamabad - Around 2500 students of Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU) yesterday received laptops under the Prime Minister’s Youth Scheme.

Minister of Education Engineer Muhammad Balighur Rehman was the chief guest on the occasion and distributed laptops among students from study program of masters, MPhill and PhD.

Minister while addressing the ceremony hoped that the winning students will use the laptops as a tool to overcome knowledge gap in their study, enabling themselves to serve the society.   

“It is very important to equip our youth with these latest gadgets in order to make them competitive in this global era and it is our collective responsibility to think about our youth and their educational needs regardless of any political differences,” said minister.

Baligh also stated that AIOU has made valuable contribution in improving and expanding educational facilities for the people all over the country through distance learning system.

“Laptop scheme was designed and being implemented through a transparent and impartial manner and purely on merit basis.

 There is no discretionary power with the government in this connection,” he said.

He stated that government made huge budgetary allocation in the educational sector. The allocation to the HEC was Rs 41 billon in the year 2012 to 2013 which was raised to Rs 82 billion in the recent year.  

Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Shahid Siddique on this occasion said that AIOU would continue its march towards a better future for their students, by providing them quality education, with best study environment.  

He hoped that the laptops will help students to undertake innovative and applied research work to serve the society.