Provincial minister for Higher Education Commission, Syed Raza Gillani, has announced that distribution of laptops among university students will start from 13th March. A total of 115,000 laptops will be awarded to deserving students from public sector universities. This announcement was made during a departmental meeting at Civil Secretariat on 8th March. Secretary Higher Education Department Naseem Nawaz and representatives of private universities and Punjab Higher Education Commission attended the meeting. Share of public and private universities According to Prime Minister’s Laptop scheme, only public sector university students were eligible to enroll in the program. This meant that around 110,000 laptops were to be distributed to deserving students enrolled in public universities. However, Punjab government has decided to award additional 5,000 laptops to students from private universities. Talking about this change in policy, Raza Gillani said that provision of laptops to private universities is another ‘first’ of Punjab government. He further added that this would help the students to improve their access to the latest knowledge-trends. Schedule of distribution Distribution of these laptops will start from 13th March. Public sector universities will be the first to get these laptops, with private sector universities coming later down the road.