Dec 23, 2011

Specifications of Free Laptops by Punjab Government

It is the hot news of these days that Punjab Government has announced to distribute 100,000 free laptop computers among talented students of public sector universities, colleges and BISE (Boards of Intermediate and Secondary Education).

Click below to read my previous post with full details about:
Free Laptop Computers by Punjab Government

Specifications of Free Dell Laptops for Students of Punjab, Pakistan

Here are specifications of Free Laptops:
Company/ Brand
Screen Display Size
14 inches
Processor Type
Intel Pentium Dual Core B950

Processor Speed
Dual Core 2.10 GHz or Higher
Intel HM65 chipset
2 GB of DDR -III
Hard Disk:
Pre-Loaded Windows 7 Home Edition
Super Drive
Carrying Case
Targus Carrying Case
15 Months Extended Warranty on parts and battery

It is also being reported that these laptop will also have following features:
  • Video/Display Card On-board Graphics Controller
  • Sound Card Standard
  • PC Card Slots One Type I or II
  • Network Adapter On-Board 10/100/1000 base-T Ethernet card (Microsoft Windows 2000/Xp/Vista/7, 2003, Red Hat Linux Supportive)
  • Integrated I/O Interfaces like 2 USB 2.0 Port. 1 RJ45 Jack for Ethernet, External VGA Port, and 4-1 Card Reader and other standard features
  • Wireless LAN Wireless 802.11abg 54 Mbps or higher, Microsoft Windows 2000/Xp/2003, Red Hat Linux Supportive
  • Built in Web cam
  • Li-ion Re-chargeable Battery pack with estimated 2 hours battery life or higher
  • Key Board 84/85 keys pad and integrated Touch Pad/Pointing Device
  • Mouse (External) 2.0 USB 2-Buttons Optical Mouse with Scroll
  • Antivirus with media Kit
  • Customized BIOS with project logo in BIOS
  • Standard Accessories Power cable with two/ three pin socket and plug, Interface cable, Power adopter and charger, User manual.
A Laptop with above specification is just perfect for educational and study needs of students.

When Will Students get Free Laptops?
First consignment of free laptops will reach in Lahore, Pakistan in January 2012 and after some time will be distributed to eligible selected candidates. For more updated information, please keep visiting this weblog.

Where to Contact?
If you have any question about this program of Free Laptops, you can contact with following authorities:
Principal of your College or Vice Chancellor of your University
Divisional level IGRCs Committies, Click Here to know name and contact numbers of committee members of your Division.
Chief Minister Punjab, Shahbaz Sharif's Facebook Page is
Chief Minister Punjab, Shahbaz Sharif's Email Address is

Update: HP1000 laptops will be awarded to students. Click to see full specifications of HP1000 Laptop.

Dec 13, 2011

Free Laptops for Students by Government of Punjab

Free Laptops for Talented Students of Punjab, Pakistan

Government of Punjab has set many examples for other provinces of Pakistan by taking pioneer steps in many fields. Now, Government of Punjab has taken an other awesome step for the growth of IT in Pakistan by offering 100,000 Free Laptops to talented students of Punjab This program is worth about 2 billion rupees.

Update (04 November, 2012): Punjab Government has started 2nd phase of Free Laptops. In this phase 100,000 more laptops will be gifted to talented students. Read our new post for details.

Update (28 May, 2012): Government of Punjab extended free laptops program to Evening Students too. Now students of Evening Programs can also get free laptop from Government of Punjab. Click here for more details. 
Free Laptops for Students of Punjab


For MS/ LLM/ M. Phil/ Ph. D Students
All currently enrolled students/scholars of MS, LLM, M. Phil and Ph. D are eligible.

For Master Degree (2 years) Program
Post-graduate students of 2 year Masters Degree Program with at least 60% marks in the previous year (in case of annual examination system) or at least 70% in the previous semester (in case of semester system) are eligible.

For BS Degree (4 years) Program
Students of 4years BS degree program with at least 60% marks in previous year (in case of annual examination system) or at least 70% marks in previous semester (in case of semester system) are eligible. 

For Students of Engineering Universities and Medical Colleges
Students of Engineering Universities and Medical Colleges with at least 60% or above marks in the previous year (in case of annual examination system) or at least 70% in the previous semester (in case of semester system) are eligible.

For Students of Boards of Intermediate and Secondary Education of Punjab
Top 100 students of each Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education of Punjab are eligible.

  1. If you think you are eligible and have not been selected or have any other grievances, kindly contact the respective Principal of the College / Registrar of the University / Secretary of the Board.
  2. If you have not provided your CNIC/B Form no., please immediately provide the same through Principal of College / Registrar of University / Secretary of the Board, to become eligible for registration.
  3. In case of 1st year students, the data for the last examination in which the student appeared, shall be considered.
  4. This program is available to only students of Public Sector universities, colleges and boards of Punjab. Private Sector universities and colleges are not included.

How to Check Your Name/ College/ University?
If you want to know that either you are eligible for this program or not and your college/ university is registered or not, please click here.

How to Register for Free Laptop?
If you are one of the eligible candidates, last date for registration is 31 December, 2011. You need CNIC or Form-B number for registration.


Specifications of free laptops can be found Here.

Dec 5, 2011

Pakistan ranked 134 as Transparency International's Corruption Index 2011

Transparency International - A Brief Introduction
Transparency International is a well known civil society organization which struggle against corruption. Its missions is to create change towards corruption free world. It was established in 1993. Its international secretariat is in Berlin, Germany while its Pakistan office is in Karachi. 

CPI Corruption Perceptions Index
TI publishes CPI (Corruption Perceptions Index) annually. CPI is formed by countries' perceived level of corruption determined by surveys and experts evaluations from 0~10 while 0 shows highly corrupt and 10 shows very clean. In 2011 Transparency International measures CPI for 183 countries around the world.

Corruption in Pakistan according to CPI 2011
Pakistan scored 2.5 out of 10 and ranked at number 134 from 182 countries. Bangladesh, India, China and Iran have better ranking as per CPI 2011 report.
Following table and graph shows Pakistan ranking on CPI in previous years.
Corruption in Pakistan as per Transparency International CPI Report

Pakistan's CPI Score 2003~2011
Above graph shows that Pakistan's ranking is better than 2010. It was also 2.5 in year 2009 and 2004. Score was at its peak in 2003 while lowest score was seen in 2005 and 2006.

CPI 2011 - Summary
New Zealand, Denmark, Finland, Sweden, Singapore, Norway, Netherlands, Australia, Switzerland and Canada are Top 10 Corruption Free Countries. US on 24 , UAE on 28, Saudi Arabia on 57, Turkey on 61, South Africa on 64, India on 95, Bangladesh & Iran on 120, Pakistan & Lebanon on 134 and Russia on 143. According to TI's CPI 2011 Somalia, North Korea, Myanmar, Afghanistan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Sudan, Iraq, Haiti and Venezuela are the Top 10 Corrupt Countries of the World.

Note: High Score means less corruption while Higher Rank means more corruption.