Islamabad - National University of Modern Languages (NUML), Islamabad, gave away laptops to 431 students of Ph.D, MS/MPhil and MBA provided by the Higher Education Commission (HEC) as part of the Prime Minister’s laptop scheme on the first day of a three-day long laptop distribution ceremony.

A total of 1,698 laptops and internet Evo have been provided by the HEC which will be distributed among students on three consecutive days. Rector National University of Modern Languages Maj Gen (Retd) Masood Hasan and Director Examination Bashir Ahmed handed over the laptops to the students in a simple but graceful ceremony held at Johar Black hall of NUML.

Addressing the laptop distribution ceremony, the Rector National University of Modern Languages said it was perspicacious insight of the government that it initiated laptop scheme for the students and scholars of the universities which would facilitate and research culture on the campuses and encourage students for more and more research work.

He said that all those who had received laptops it was now their responsibility to make full use of the facility and produce a research work that should not only bring good name to the country and institution but also be a guiding star for others.

Director Examination Bashir Ahmed while talking to scribe said that there was certain criterion for the laptop distribution.

Firstly, student must be registered in a discipline, including PhD, MS/MPhil, MBA and MA/M.Sc programmes of the university.

Secondly, students should not be employee of any private or government organisations.

Lastly, students who have already received laptops from any other scheme are not eligible for this scheme.

A total of 431 out 1,698 laptops were distributed Thursday among the scholars and students while rest of them would be given away in the next two days according to the guidelines of HEC.

Students who received the laptops expressed their jubilations and gratitude to the university, HEC and government for facilitating students and scholars in their pursuit of knowledge and higher education.

A Ph.D Management Sciences scholar Sajid Rehman while talking to scribe said this availability of laptop and internet Evo device would help them to have a joint leap in terms of getting access to a wide treasures of knowledge, books, dissertations, thesis, research articles and then to determine one’s own path of research.

Another student of MPhil International Relations Asia Zafar said that her area of interest was ecological politics.

There were dearth of books and work available in local libraries but now she would be able to get access to the electronics books (e-books), other research material, newspapers and magazines which were available online and it would help her to get better understanding of the field.

The distribution of laptops at National University of Modern Languages will continue for three days and help desks have been established for the students to guide and validate their data and receive their laptops in the university.