July 9 - 15, 20

Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz led Punjab government added another feather in its cap, as it is going to provide 450 laptops to special children in educational institutions throughout the province.

As many as 125,000 laptops have been distributed so far among brilliant students throughout the province, while a hefty amount of four billion rupees has been earmarked for laptops distribution during the next fiscal year.

In the next phase of laptops distribution programme, brilliant students of vocational institutions and Deeni Madaris would also be included.

The nature has deprived special children of few capabilities, however, they have been blessed with such other skills and talent, which even a normal person does not possess. Special children are facing all the impediments of life, with courage and determination, and are acquiring education on purely merit basis. Special children are asset of the nation, which could not be ignored. All civilized societies provide best opportunities to special persons to enable them to achieve progress.

While addressing laptop distribution ceremony among special children, Punjab Chief Minister, Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif said that the first phase of progamme of providing information technology in all educational institutions in the length and breadth of the country, which was launched by provincial government of Pakistan Muslim League-N, is concluding.

He said the Punjab government has distributed laptops, on merit basis, among brilliants students of educational institutions throughout the province and hoped that the youth would benefit from these computers and play an effective role in the progress and prosperity of the nation.

He said that he is thankful to the Dell Corporation for providing a gift of 150 laptops for special children, which will go a long way in enabling them to compete with others in life. He informed that Dell Corporation would expeditiously set up E-libraries, at 26 colleges of Punjab, which will be supervised and monitored by the government.

The Chief Minister pointed out that process of distribution of laptops is so transparent that even he does not have the power to give laptop to any student. However, he has given laptops, from his own pocket, to some students for Naat Khawani and recitation of Holy Quran in various functions. He said billions of rupees are being invested on laptops distribution, and, realizing its efficacy, the other provinces have launched this programme as well.

He said if the other provinces would require cooperation in this regard, Punjab government is prepared to extend wholehearted assistance. He said that special children are a precious asset, and all resources for the betterment of this important segment of the society are available to them.

The ceremony was attended by Senator Sardar Zulfiqar Ali Khan Khosa, Advisor on Special Education, Begum Zakiya Shahnawaz, General Manager Dell Corporation Sardar Harjeet Singh, Chairman Punjab Information Technology Board, Chairman Planning & Development, Secretary Special Education, teachers, parents and students.

The General Manager of Dell Corporation, Sardar Harjeet Singh, announced that his company would provide 72 scholarships to brilliants students of Punjab, under which 18 students would be sent on merit basis to higher education institutions of Turkey and Malaysia.

The country manager of Dell Corporation for Pakistan, Rao Hashim Khan, in his address, said that as a result of the visionary leadership of Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif, laptops distribution programme has been launched among the brilliant students. He said the Dell Corporation has been a partner in setting up IT Labs in 4,286 schools of the province, and the company would continue to work with the Punjab government for promotion of IT.

He said Dell Company is distributing 150 free-of-cost laptops among the special children and it would continue to offer vigorous assistance to the Punjab government in this regard. Earlier, laptops were distributed by Punjab chief minister among the special children.

The joy and happiness of the special children was worth-seeing when Punjab chief minister announced at a laptop distribution ceremony that 450 special boy and girl students will be given laptops in the province.

The special children paid rich tributes to the chief minister through different sounds and gestures and gave him a lengthy applause. The chief minister, while appreciating the spirit and courage of special children, said that the way they are acquiring education against heavy odds, is commendable and they are bound to play a significant role in national development and prosperity. He said that special children are a precious asset of the nation and all out measures will be taken for their education and training.