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Punjab computer labs establishment

Punjab set to lead in Information Technology
Lahore, Dec 1: The Punjab is set to take a lead in computer technology, as the provincial government has vigorously started the process of establishing computer labs in its schools with an aim to make every student fully computer literate.

In the first phase it has established computer labs in 4286 of its schools each equipped with 15 seats comprising three desktops Personal Computers and 12NComputing virtual desktops that will impart training to over three million students annually.

Experts say that introduction of computer labs in the government schools will have a contagious impact. It will force the low end private schools to establish at least similar if not superior computer labs. The Punjab government may even make it mandatory in the next few years for the registered private schools to have computer labs. The introduction of computer knowledge among the children will increase the internet use in the country and expose the unexplored talent of millions who have remained deprived of this modern technology.

The idea was conceived last year by the planners of the Punjab government, and the budgetary allocations were made in the provincial budget for 2009-10. The original idea was to procure 15 desktop PCs for each school. However, the government was able to save Rs1.8 billion from its budgeted allocation by adopting the NComputing technology.

The NComputing solution includes both the virtualisation software (vSpace) that creates the "virtual" sessions inside a PC or server, and the thin-client devices that connect the user's monitor, keyboard and mouse to the shared computer. Thus one desktop PC can be connected with 4-10 virtual desktops. Thus instead of buying 64290 desktop PCs, the government procured 12858 PCs and supplemented the balance 51432 seats with NComputing devices.

Punjab Government's IT Labs project can change the computing environment, especially in emerging economies like Pakistan. The decision to deploy this IT labs project establishes the Punjab government as an innovator in educational computing in Pakistan and a model for other governments, considering similar projects.

This project has been successful due to the key factor that the Punjab government is determined to provide maximum number of computer seats at a minimum cost. Through this IT Labs project the Punjab government will not only save nearly Rs. 1.8 billion in up-front and Rs.10 million per month in ongoing costs which translates into more than 360 million over the project life of three years.

The cost will be saved on energy consumption that 64290 desktop PCs will have consumed. One desktop PC consumes 100 watts of electricity per hour. A virtual desktop installed through NComputing device will consume only 10 watts of electricity per hour that will translate into saving of Rs10 million per month at current electricity rates or Rs 360 million in three years.

NComputing's desktop virtualisation technology has now become a part of the lives of millions people across the world.

This technology has revolutionised the education system in Macedonia, where every student in that country has a computer at his desk. Similarly in Andhra Pradesh, India, the government deployed NComputing to provide computing access to 1.8 million schoolchildren throughout the state.

In Pakistan only few highly expensive schools provide each student with a separate computer desk. With the introduction of Ncomputing technology the time is not far when many schools will be doing that. They will simply require for a class of 30 only two desktops and two Ncomputing devices, having 15 virtual desktops each to provide one terminal to each student and the teacher. The learning process will accelerate.

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PU admin flayed for expelling IJT students
Lahore: Activists of the Islami Jamiat Talaba (IJT), staging a protest on the third day of Eid-ul-Azha on Monday, strongly criticised the Punjab University administration for expelling students and allegedly selling the varsity's land.

The demo was staged outside the Lahore Press Club in which protesters chanted slogans against the PU's vice chancellor. They alleged that the commission mafia was behind the sale of the varsity's land. They claimed the students were expelled as they had raised voice for their rights.

However, a PU official said no piece of land was sold to any organisation, adding the PU and the Lahore Electric Supply Company (LESCO) had signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in early October this year to install a grid station at the Punjab University. He added the grid station would ensure stable power supply to the areas besides improving voltage and ensuring the future load demand of the university and surrounding areas.

About the expelled students, the official said only those students, mostly IJT activists, were expelled from the university who were involved in criminal activities. He further said some of these were also involved in a firing incident in which some innocent students were also injured. The news

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Private students for level playing-field
Toba Tek Singh: A group of parents of class-IX and matriculation students of private schools have demanded that the chief minister take note of discrimination they are subjected to.

Representing the parents was Ms Rafia Salomi, the joint deputy director of the Society for Human Development, who said all the boards of intermediate and secondary education in Punjab had issued letters demanding fees from private students for the examination scheduled to be held in 2010.

According to the letter, she said, the regular students had been exempted from paying any admission, sports or registration fees but the private schools' students had been asked to pay the fees, which was a discrimination.

Ashfaq Fateh, a representative of a non-government organisation, said the admission fee would go to the government treasury and not to the private schools' account. He said there was no justification of collecting fees from the students of private schools.

He said the Punjab government had exempted students of class-V and VIII from admission fees for both government and private schools' candidates for 2010 examinations. He demanded withdrawal of the decision to collect fees from class-IX and matriculation students. Dawn

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Shahbaz pledged support for talented students
Lahore: Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif visited Darul Shafqat Lahore and distributed Eid gifts among the orphans. President Anjuman Hamayat-e-Islam Justice (R) Manzoor Hussain Sial, Senior Vice President Justice (R) Dr Javed Iqbal and members National Assembly were also present on the occasion.

On the occasion, the chief minister said it was very important for him to spend some moments with orphans on the happy occasion of Eid. He appreciated management of Darul Shafqat for looking after the children and said they were earning the blessings of Allah Almighty by this act.

He said children at Darul Shafqat were no less important than the other children and have an equal right on national resources. The chief minister also announced the Punjab government would bear all educational expenses of the talented students of Darul Shafqat.

He said the nation had high expectations of its new generation. He said 63 years had elapsed but the mission of transforming Pakistan in the light of the ideals of Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah and Allama Muhammad Iqbal have still not been achieved and there is a need to hard work for this purpose.

He said the Punjab government would take all possible measures for ensuring a bright future for the youth. Later, he distributed Eid gifts among the children. The nation

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