Laptop Distribution Ceremony at Governor House
July 23: Fifty meritorious IBA students were awarded laptops
under the Prime Minister’s Laptop Scheme. The ceremony, at
Governor House was marked by the presence of Dr. Ishrat-ul-Ebad
- Governor Sindh & Patron IBA Karachi, the Chief Guest, Mr.
Mamnoon Hussain - President of Islamic Republic of Pakistan, Dr.
Mukhtar Ahmed - Chairman HEC, Dr. Sayeed Ghani - Acting Dean &
Director IBA and many other esteemed guests.
Followed by Tilawat and National Anthem, Dr. Sayeed Ghani, Acting Dean & Director IBA commenced the event with his welcome note, “On behalf of the IBA family, I welcome His Excellency President Mamnoon Hussain, Honorable Ishrat-ul-Ebad Governor Sindh & Patron IBA, Chairman HEC Dr. Mukhtar Ahmed and distinguished guests. I congratulate the 50 students of IBA, selected from 316 students from different disciplines (PhD/MS programs in Maths & Computer Sciences and various Undergraduate programs), who are awarded with laptops today purely on merit. I think that such initiatives by the government, assist learning in our youth, establish a culture of research and since Haier is manufacturing these laptops in Lahore, it is a very progressive step for Pakistan and will help reinforce the R&D culture. He also urged the students to use these laptops for the progression of their studies and the country. Dr. Sayeed also thanked President Mamnoon Hussain and BoG member IBA, Mr. Shahid Shafiq for making this event possible.
Addressing the audience, Dr. Mukhtar Ahmed (Chairman HEC) said, “It is an established fact that a country’s economic development is determined by its intellectual capital. The significant results include that the percentage of higher education has increased from 2.6 percent of collage age students (17-21) to 8.26 percent in last ten years. On the directives of the Prime Minister of Islamic Republic of Pakistan, the Government of Pakistan has initiated a national program for distribution of laptops to young and bright students studying in public sector higher education institutes (HEIs) across the country. Total scope of the project is 500,000 laptop. During the Phase-I of the scheme 100,000 laptops were distributed among the students. Whereas Phase-II aims to provide additional 100,000 laptops. In phase-I, total 464 laptops were distributed at IBA Karachi where as in Phase-II we have planned to distribute 316 laptops. He also said that HEC has granted 200 000 scholarships to the youth of Pakistan since 2002.
The distribution of laptops to 50 students of PhD, MS, MBA, BBA & BS Programs was conducted by the President of Islamic Republic of Pakistan, Mr. Mamnoon Hussain. Dr. Ishrat-ul-Ebad - Governor Sindh & Patron IBA Karachi, Dr. Mukhtar Ahmed - Chairman HEC and Dr. Sayeed Ghani - Acting Dean & Director IBA.
Dr. Sayeed Ghani presented tokens of appreciation to President Mr. Mamnoon Hussain. Dr. Ishrat-ul-Ebad - Governor Sindh & Patron IBA Karachi and Dr. Mukhtar Ahmed - Chairman HEC.
As Mr. Mamnoon Hussain addressed the audience, he said, “It is a pleasure to be a part of this laptop distribution ceremony for students of IBA, the institute of which I am a proud alumnus. IBA is a seat of learning parallel to none in Pakistan, with all the reasons to be proud of its glorious sixty years. It has gradually matured from an institute for quality education in Business to a seat of learning in Computer Sciences, Mathematical Sciences and Social Sciences. The Prime Minister’s Laptop Scheme, launched in 2013, is a manifestation of the government’s desire to adequately equip its youth to be valuable members of a global community driven by knowledge economy. Whereas the nation is still combating the conventional challenges such as terrorism, financial and energy crises; there has been a growing realization about the need of non-traditional solutions to these problems. Hence, it was deemed necessary to invest energies and resources to improve on knowledge capital indicators, especially among youth.” He also paid homage to IBA and its students and said that IBA was a premium institution of higher education not just nationally but globally, he also congratulated the female students for their notable success in the field of education.
The students and esteemed guests were then gathered for an official photograph and the ceremony culminated with refreshments being served to the invitees.