Sunday, 9 August 2015

Haier to Supply 200,000 Laptops for Phase 2 of PM Laptop Scheme

Haier to Supply 200,000 Laptops for Phase 2 of PM Laptop Scheme

The second phase of Prime Minister’s Laptop Scheme has been launched with award of contract to Haier (the successful bidder) for provision of 200,000 laptops to university students.

Dr. Mukhtar Ahmed, Chairman, Higher Education Commission (HEC) announced that Haier has won the contract and it will be supplying 200,000 laptops for the scheme during the ongoing year.
The Chairman appreciated Transparency International, National Accountability Bureau (NAB), Public Procurement Regulatory Authority (PPRA) and relevant technical committees for their contribution and guidance during the whole process. M/s. Haier Electrical Alliance Corp. China has won the contract.
According to the contract, Haier will start delivering laptop-cum-tablet from November 2015. The company will train engineers and also set-up performance testing laboratory in Pakistan. Students receiving these laptop will have 170 Microsoft Licensed software as well as 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.
Dr. Mukhtar said that Haier Electrical Appliances Corp. China submitted its bid. Technical proposal of the submitted bid was opened and handed over for technical evaluation. The Technical Committee visited the local assembling facility at Haier Industrial Park, Lahore and recommendations of Technical Committee were forwarded to the Tender Committee. The Financial Bid was opened on July 8, 2015.
The Chairman HEC said that market price comparison was done through an independent committee of IT Expert headed by a Vice Chancellor and experts from different universities. Resultantly, the tender was awarded to Haier after a rigorous process in a transparent manner.
All the MPhil and PhD students enrolled in public sector universities would be awarded laptops under the second phase of the scheme and rest of the university students will be distributed following a set criterion of merit.


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