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
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.
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.
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
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
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.
virtualisation technology has now become a part of the lives of millions people across the world.
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.
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.
"well done Mian Shahbaz Sharif cm Punjab"
Name: zulfiqar ali
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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
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.
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
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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