The government of Pakistan has announced the schedule for the PM Laptop Scheme 2023. If you want to apply, you can do it online until June 20, 2023. Just go to the official website of the PM Youth Program at https://laptop.pmyp.gov.pk/ and submit your application there.
The Prime Minister Laptop Scheme is being brought back as part of the Prime Minister Youth Program. In this scheme, 100,000 laptops will be given to students. The announcement was made by Ms. Shaza Fatima Khawaja, who is the Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Youth Affairs.
Ms. Shaza Fatima said that the Laptop Scheme will help students to study online and also give them the chance to explore online work opportunities all over the world.
Eligible Universities for PM Laptop Scheme
Students who are enrolled in public sector universities, degree awarding institutes, and their sub-campuses that are officially recognized by the Higher Education Commission (HEC) are eligible for the scheme. The list of eligible institutions will be displayed or a link will be provided for reference.
PM Laptop Scheme 2023 Eligibility Criteria
To be eligible for the scheme, students must meet the following criteria:
- The student must have a valid CNIC (Computerized National Identity Card) or B-Form number.
- The student should be currently enrolled and must remain enrolled until the closing date for application submission, which is December 31, 2022.
- For different degree programs, the student should have enrolled on or before specific dates mentioned in the table below:
|Degree Name||Duration||Date of Admission||End Date|
|MS/ MPhil or Equivalent||2 Years||31-Dec-20||31-Dec-22|
|Masters (16 years)||2 Years||31-Dec-20||31-Dec-22|
Please note that only students studying in public sector universities or degree awarding institutes, which are duly recognized by the Higher Education Commission (HEC), are eligible for the scheme. However, distance learning programs are excluded from the eligibility criteria.
Moreover, the scheme is open to students enrolled in Ph.D., MS/MPhil, 4-year or 5-year bachelor’s degree programs (both morning and evening), as well as MBA programs of 3.5 years, 2.5 years, and 1.5 years.
The following students are not eligible for the laptop award:
- Students enrolled at private sector higher education institutes (HEIs).
- Students enrolled at government degree and postgraduate colleges, as well as affiliated colleges.
- Students who have already received a laptop under any Federal or Provincial Government scheme.
- Foreign nationals, except students from AJK (Azad Jammu and Kashmir).
- Any other students who do not meet the listed eligibility criteria or as determined by the Steering/Technical Committee.
- Students who have not applied online or whose applications have not been received through the online portal.
- The eligibility for the laptop award will be assessed at the time of distribution. If a student fails to provide the required documents and proof of academic performance, which qualified them for the laptop, they will not receive a laptop.
- Any selected student who has completed their degree program before the laptop distribution.
PM Laptop Scheme Selection Procedure
Once students have applied online through the HEC online portal before the deadline, the system will sort out eligible and ineligible students based on certain criteria.
The Focal Person in the relevant department will verify the student’s information using their online focal person account. They will check details such as the student’s name, CNIC (Computerized National Identity Card) number, department, degree level, and last exam percentage or CGPA.
The responsibility for verification lies with the University Focal Person. If any discrepancies are found in the student’s data, they will be corrected by updating or editing the student’s information. This can be done by obtaining records from the institute or directly from the students themselves.
The Focal Person has the authority to approve or disapprove a student’s application or make necessary corrections within the given timeframe.
Each institute will receive a designated number of laptops based on predefined quotas outlined in the eligibility and merit criteria.
After the verification deadline set by HEC has passed, an automated process will generate merit lists for each university.
HEC will share the provisional merit lists with the institutes for cross-checking. The institutes will have 15 days to review and respond, identifying any discrepancies.
Once any discrepancies in the provisional merit list are resolved, HEC will share the final merit list with the institutes.
Every institute is required to display the final merit list on their notice board, website, or social media page, along with a distribution timeline.
Furthermore, the final merit lists will be published on an online portal accessible to students and the general public. This portal will provide information about the merit status of each individual.