The Prime Minister of Pakistan, in a remarkable initiative, has announced the government’s commitment to providing laptops to talented students. This prestigious project aims to create opportunities for young and gifted individuals studying in public sector Higher Education Institutes (HEIs) throughout the country, including Azad Jammu & Kashmir. The project, officially known as the Prime Minister Youth Laptop Scheme (PMYLS), has received approval from ECNEC. As part of this scheme, 100,000 laptops will be awarded to deserving students based on merit through a transparent online system. It is worth mentioning that the Higher Education Commission has successfully executed two similar schemes in the past.
How to Apply:
To apply for the Prime Minister’s Youth Laptop Scheme, students are advised to visit the official Students’ Service Portal and register or update their profiles. The application process is accessible through both the web portal and a convenient mobile app.
To qualify for the laptop scheme, applicants must meet the following eligibility criteria:
- Possession of a valid CNIC or B-Form number.
- Current enrollment as a student until the application submission deadline, June 20, 2023.
The specific eligibility requirements for the degree programs are as follows:
|Degree Name||Duration||Date of Admission (Greater than or After)||End Date|
|PhD||5 Years||June 30, 2018||June 20, 2023|
|MS/MPhil or Equivalent||2 Years||June 30, 2021||June 20, 2023|
|MBA||3.5 Years||December 31, 2019||June 20, 2023|
|MBA||2.5 Years||December 31, 2020||June 20, 2023|
|MBA||1.5 Years||December 31, 2021||June 20, 2023|
|Masters (16 years)||2 Years||June 30, 2021||June 20, 2023|
|Undergraduate||5 Years||June 30, 2018||June 20, 2023|
|Undergraduate||4 Years||June 30, 2019||June 20, 2023|
Applicants must be studying in public sector universities or academic institutes recognized by the Higher Education Commission. This scheme applies to students enrolled in the following programs:
- PhD, MS/MPhil, or equivalent 18-year programs
- 4-year or 5-year bachelor’s degree programs (morning and evening)
- MBA programs (3.5 years, 2.5 years, and 1.5 years)
Certain categories of students are not eligible for laptops under this scheme. The following students will be excluded:
- Students enrolled at any public or private higher education institution (HEI).
- Students who have already received a laptop under any Federal or Provincial Government scheme.
- Foreign nationals, except students from Azad Jammu & Kashmir.
- Students who have not applied online or whose applications have not been received through the online portal.
- Laptop awards eligibility will also be determined 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 be awarded one.
- Any selected student who has completed their degree program prior to the laptop distribution.
Distribution Strategy/Selection Criteria:
The distribution strategy and selection criteria for laptops are as follows:
- Online Application: Students must apply online through the Higher Education Commission (HEC) online portal before the deadline.
- Verification: The department’s Focal Person will verify the student’s data through their online focal person account. This verification includes checking the student’s name, CNIC, department, degree level, and last exam percentage or CGPA.
- Data Amendment: If any discrepancies are found in the student’s data, the focal person can make the necessary amendments by updating or editing the student’s information, either through the institute’s records or with the student’s cooperation.
- Approval or Correction: The focal person, based on the nature of the application, has the authority to approve or disapprove the student’s eligibility or make corrections within the given timeline.
- Quota Allocation: Each institute will receive a share of laptops based on a predefined quota. This quota is determined according to the scheme eligibility and merit criteria.
- Merit Lists: Once the HEC verification deadline has passed, an automated process will generate provisional merit lists for each university. These lists will be shared with the respective institutes for cross-checking, and they will have 15 days to respond with any discrepancies.
- Final Merit Lists: After resolving any discrepancies found in the provisional merit lists, HEC will share the final merit lists with the institutes accordingly.
- Online Publication: The final merit lists will be published on an online portal, accessible to both students and the general public. This allows everyone to view each individual’s merit status.
The laptops will be distributed on a merit basis in each degree program, including PhD, MS/MPhil, and 16 years of education. The distribution criterion is as follows:
- In order to ensure equitable allocation, laptops will be allocated according to the university’s enrollment.
- Quotas will be established for each