According to a fresh report, Punjab will now get free Wi-Fi hot-spots soon amid at program named as “Khadim-e-Punjab Metro WI-FI Network”. This scheme may resemble to Punjab Metro Bus project but only in entities, otherwise it’s entirely a different program (lighter side of it). This development was reported after a high-level meeting took place in Provincial capital Lahore, where Chief Minister Punjab gave green signal to this endeavor of establishing internet enable hot-spots in various parts of Punjab.
As per sources, in the first phase these free of charge public Wi-Fi proficiency will be establish at important locations of Lahore, Rawalpindi and Multan. Later, the footprints of this initiative will be spread over other major cities of Punjab, CM Punjab said while addressing the meeting. If we believe the whole report, claiming that the chosen locations where these free Wi-Fi hot spots will be establish initially of above mentioned cities includes “educational institutions, hospitals, railway stations, airports, metro bus routes and bus stands, among other places”.
This program of providing free internet on public places through-out Punjab has been launched with the intention of promoting education in the Province, with the help of modern technology.
Important thing to keep in mind that Govt of Punjab have taken some productive steps for promoting education using modern IT trends. One major strive is the ongoing program of digitalization of textbooks in Punjab by PITB (Punjab Information Technology Board) is association with Punjab Textbooks Board.
According to an official statement, “Punjab government has digitalized all science and mathematics textbooks from Grade 6 to 10, while CDs of the books have also been produced”.
Furthermore, this program is the follow-up of a recently approved scheme in which Govt of Punjab have planned to provide tablets headed for mathematics and science subjects Govt school teachers. Additionally, students of class 6 to 10, who will acquire positions with highest marks in their respective boards – would also be awarded with tablets.
Not to mention that Govt of Punjab is striving hard to promote Information technology in the province, the pioneer step in this regard was the compliance of giving free laptops to bright students studying in Government Universities of Punjab. Later, this schemes framework was extended to whole country amid at awarding free laptop’s to brilliant students of educational institutes.
Therefore, with this new program of setting-up free Wi-Fi hotspots in various localities of Punjab, is undoubtedly a groundbreaking proposal. Khadim-e-Punjab Metro WI-FI Network program have the potential to bring Pakistan in the list of the countries around the world, where Governments have provided free internet connectivity on-the –go.
Although, desire of promoting education through making available free internet at significant public places does look bit gloomy, but Govt of Punjab might craft some sough of mechanism to gain aspiring results through this program.