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How to apply for a free laptop from the government 

The Prime Minister’s Youth Laptop Scheme Phase-III builds upon the successes of its predecessors, PM National Laptop Schemes Phase-I and II, administered by the Higher Education Commission (HEC). These initiatives distributed approximately 500,000 laptops to students across public sector universities and technical colleges, fostering educational advancement through technology. Transparent processes, including public disclosures on the HEC website, ensured accountability and accessibility.

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Addressing Pakistan’s Demographic Potential

With nearly 63% of its population under the age of 30, Pakistan’s youth demographic presents a pivotal opportunity for economic growth. Recognizing this, the government launched targeted programs to harness youth potential, reduce unemployment, promote skill development, and cultivate an entrepreneurial spirit.

Phase-III Overview (2022-23)

The Phase-III of the Prime Minister’s Youth Laptop Scheme, approved by ECNEC, aims to distribute 100,000 laptops on a merit basis to talented students enrolled in public sector Higher Education Institutes (HEIs) nationwide, including Azad Jammu & Kashmir. This initiative underscores the government’s commitment to enhancing educational quality, integrating technology in learning environments, and fostering partnerships between academia and industry.

Objectives and Vision

Aligned with the government’s vision, the Phase III of the scheme focuses on:

  • Enhancing Science and Technology Education: By promoting ICT integration.
  • Smart Campus Initiatives: Facilitating networking and improved learning environments.
  • Boosting Manufacturing Sector Productivity: Through advanced IT technologies.
  • Digital Transformation: Extending IT benefits to educational sectors and beyond.

Application Process and Eligibility Criteria

How to Apply

Students can apply online through the HEC Student Service Portal or the mobile app available at The application window remains open until a specified date, requiring students to register or update their profiles with accurate information.

Eligibility Criteria

Eligibility criteria for participation in the scheme include:

  • Enrollment in public sector universities recognized by HEC.
  • Current enrollment status in eligible degree programs such as PhD, MS/MPhil, MBA, and undergraduate programs.
  • Exclusion of students from private institutions, prior recipients of similar government schemes, and foreign nationals (except AJK residents).

Selection and Distribution Strategy

Verification and Merit Criteria

Upon submission, applications undergo verification by university focal persons. This process includes validating student data, academic performance, and program eligibility. The HEC conducts a merit-based selection process, allocating laptops based on predefined quotas for universities, campuses, and degree programs.

Distribution Criteria

Laptops are distributed purely on merit, ensuring equitable allocation across degree programs and university quotas. Special provisions allocate a quota to Balochistan HEIs, underscoring regional inclusivity and equitable access to educational resources.


The Phase III of the Prime Minister’s Youth Laptop Scheme exemplifies Pakistan’s commitment to empowering its youth through technological advancement and educational excellence. By bridging the digital divide and fostering a culture of innovation, the government not only enhances educational outcomes but also prepares a skilled workforce capable of driving national progress. As the program continues to evolve, it remains a cornerstone of Pakistan’s efforts to harness demographic dividends and position its youth as catalysts for sustainable development and global competitiveness.


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