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Punjab launches IT labs project

18 September, 2009

LAHORE: Punjab Chief Minister Mian Shahbaz Sharif has said his government aims to make the province a hub of education and information technology in the region.

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Speaking at the launch of Punjab IT labs project for secondary schools the other day, he said “the way to progress and growth is education. Educated population is needed to run modern industries and offices not only in Pakistan but also in the rest of the world.”

A memorandum of understanding between the Punjab Government and NComputing was signed at the Chief Minister’s Secretariat under which NComputing will provide X550 virtual desktop kits to be installed in every computer laboratory which will be established in 4,286 secondary and higher secondary schools of the province.

Each NComputing kit converts a standard desktop PC into five separate virtual desktops, thereby reducing the cost of establishing computer labs by 50 per cent. In addition, the running electricity cost of these labs will be curtailed by 90 per cent as the virtual desktops only require a monitor, a keyboard and a mouse and no separate CPU is needed.

Praising the timely commencement of the project, the chief minister said resources allocated for the purpose would be utilised prudently to achieve best results in the shortest period.

Speaking on the occasion, NComputing Chairman and CEO Stephen Dukker said the company was proud to have been chosen by the Government of Punjab to enhance computer literacy in the state and to equip the future workforce with knowledge tools to compete on a global platform.

IT labs project Additional Programme Director Joudat Ayaz said “it is a sustainable and environment-friendly project with very low recurring costs. In overall context, we are saving over Rs1.8 billion, which is around 36 per cent of the total project cost.

“The Government of Punjab will save another over Rs10 million per month in electricity charges as NComputing devices use only one watt of electricity as compared to 110 watts or more for a typical PC. We have reduced the number of PCs being purchased and the cost of uninterruptible power supply (UPS) has also been drastically reduced.”


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