Rawalpindi - A laptop distribution ceremony was held at Government Postgraduate College for Women, Satellite Town, under the supervision of education department and board of intermediate and secondary education (BISE) on Saturday.

Provincial Minister for Labour and Manpower Raja Ashfaq Sarwar was the chief guest on the occasion. A total of 4,495 Dell laptops were distributed among the bachelor, intermediate and matriculation students including students of Rawalpindi Medical College (RMC), both male and female, of Rawalpindi division.

The students appreciated the laptops distribution initiative from the government side and hoped that these kinds of project would continue in future. However, some disgruntled students chanted the slogan “Go Nawaz Go” after the end of the ceremony and complained that the college/school administrations violated the merit lists and did not send their names for laptops despite the fact that they obtained excellent marks in the examinations.

Addressing the ceremony, the chief guest said that it was the vision of CM Punjab Mian Shahbaz Sharif who wanted to provide all required facilities to the students so that they could devote themselves fully to education and become proud Pakistanis.

He said that Rs 80 billion endowment fund had been allocated in the province to provide scholarships to deserving and talented students. Similarly, Danish Schools have been established to provide quality education facilities under privilege students. He also mentioned other educational promotions schemes of the government of Punjab. Raja said that some 45,000 children of poor labourers and industrial workers were getting free of cost education up to intermediate level and Punjab Workers Welfare Board was providing free uniforms, books and pick and drop facilities to encourage them for higher education.

“Education and health are top priorities of the prime minister and CM Punjab and special steps have also been taken to expand these facilities in rural and urban areas,” he added.

MNA Tahira Aurangzeb, MPA Raja Hanif Advocate and DC Prof Humayun Iqbal also spoke on the occasion and congratulated the shining students.

Earlier, a guard of honour was presented to talented students by smartly dressed contingent of Punjab police.

A large number of female students of various colleges, who claimed to be ignored by the college administrations despite having excellent results, staged a protest demonstration in the college and chanted slogans “Go Nawaz Go.”

Mehreen Saba, a student of BS (Hons), Urdu department, Government Postgraduate College for Women, Satellite Town, told media that she did top the department by scoring 3.95GPA but was not given laptop. She, while providing the copy of an application written to the government of Punjab, said, “I need laptop for my final year thesis and project as my father is a poor man and cannot buy a laptop for me.”

Similarly, a group of five female students from KP also asked the government to award them laptops.

Later, the minister visited Al-Shifa Hospital and handed over a laptop to a talented student namely Iqra Abbasi, who is suffering from cancer. Eighteen-year-old brilliant student is resident of Murree and he got 948 marks in SSC examinations.