According to the 2nd phase of Prime Minister’s Laptop Scheme, university students will be provided by 200,000 Haier laptops. Worthy Chairman of Higher Education Commission (HEC) Dr. Mukhtar Ahmed made the announcement that Haier will be supplying 200,000 laptops for the scheme during the present year.
Transparency International, National Accountability Bureau (NAB), Public Procurement Regulatory Authority (PPRA) and other relevant technical committees made useful contributions and guidance during the whole process and the chairman was thankful to them for this. The contract has been won by M/s. Haier Electrical Alliance Corp. China.
These laptop-cum-tablets will be delivered to students from November 2015 as mentioned in the contract. Engineers will also be trained by this company. The company shall also set-up a performance testing laboratory in Pakistan. Students will also be provided with 170 Microsoft Licensed software so that they may gain access to digital library.
Giving detail of the award, the Chairman HEC said that tender was advertised on April 12, 2015 with the bid submission/ opening date of May 12, 2015. Pre-bid meeting with potential bidders was held on April 21, 2015. 1st extension in bid submission/opening date was given till May 26, 2015 while second extension in bid submission/opening date was given till June 9, 2015.The tender was opened on June 09, 2015.
According to the Chairman, Dr. Mukhtar, Haier Electrical Appliances Corp. China has submitted its bid. Technical proposal of the submitted bid was opened and handed over for technical evaluation. The local assembling facility at Haier Industrial Park, Lahore was visited by the Technical Committee. Technical Committee made some necessary recommendations which were forwarded to the Tender Committee. Finally, On July 8, 2015, the Financial Bid was opened.
According to the Chairman, An independent committee of IT Experts was made to carry out the market price comparison. This committee was headed by the Vice Chancellor. Experts from different universities were also called for this purpose. As a result, Haier was awarded with the tender after a long rigorous process that was carried out in a clean and transparent manner.
In accordance with the second phase of the laptop scheme, laptops will be awarded to all MPhil and PhD students which are enrolled in public sector universities. A particular set of criteria of merit will be followed to distribute the remaining laptops to the rest of the university students. A PTCL Evo device will also be given along with laptops.