Following Punjab government, the provincial government of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (KPK) has selected Dell to provide 25,000 Inspiron 3420 laptops, which will be distributed to students in the province.
Initially, the laptops would be distributed among the students of four-year Bachelor of Studies (BS) programme and students of professional colleges including medical and engineering.
Furthermore, laptops would also be given to the top 10 position holders of government schools in the intermediate examinations conducted by all boards of intermediate and secondary education in the province.
Two percent quota is reserved for disabled students of BS programme and engineering and medical institutions, while students of master degrees enrolled in the public sector colleges and universities were not included in the scheme so far.
The initiative is the largest of its kind ever in the province and is designed to help enable students and people of KPK to become productive and contributing members of society and to give back to the province. The first round of distribution will be conducted on Feb 10 at Peshawar University.
Speaking about the initiative, Project Director KPK, Adeel Khan, said
“This project is a great leap in terms of equipping our youth to meet the challenges of the modern world and to keep Pakistan a competitor in the global knowledge economy. Dell’s involvement goes a long way in guaranteeing the success of this initiative.”
Shahzad Aslam Khan, Country Manager Dell Pakistan & Afghanistan, said
“We look forward to working with KPK as they increase technology access and the learning potential for students. Mobile computing devices have become essential to daily life — at work, at home and increasingly, in academic institutions.
Students are leveraging devices of all kinds to access information, collaborate with their peers and teachers, and produce dynamic content inside and outside of the classroom.
At Dell, we believe these devices can help support teaching and learning – and have the potential to personalize the learning experience for each student.Dell is delighted to work with KPK in this important program and is committed to providing these devices by meeting aggressive time lines and ensuring highest product quality.”