FAISALABAD, (APP): State Minister for Information & Broadcasting Farrukh Habib said on Saturday that youth was a real asset of Pakistan and the PTI focus was on producing business entrepreneurs instead of generating a lot of job seekers.
Addressing the 2nd Annual Convocation of Govt Postgraduate College for Women Samanabad here, he said the government had allocated Rs 28 billion to provide scholarships to 2.6 million talented students belonging to the lower and middle class.
He said that just a few days ago, the PM had launched an innovative project of scholarship
complaint portal so that students could lodge their complaints regarding any misappropriation in the distribution of scholarships.
He proudly announced that Ehsaas programme had been ranked 4th among 3400 welfare
programmes of the world in the World Bank’s ranking.
He said the programme offered multilateral support to the people of different categories.
The Ehsaas programme was providing sustenance to more than 7 million people and now
the government was contemplating offering monthly stipends to their children.
The primary student would get a monthly stipend of Rs 1500 while it would be Rs 3000 for the middle-class student, he added.
Farrukh Habib said that Prime Minister Imran Khan was making serious efforts to weed out
child labour and divert this neglected lot toward schools so that they could contribute their
productive role in the overall development of Pakistan.
He said that earlier, middle-class families had to sell out their assets for the education of
their children in public sector universities.
But the government had now decided to offer 200,000 scholarships to families with a monthly income of less than Rs 45,000 and Special Assistant to Prime Minister (SAPM) on Poverty Alleviation & Social Safety Dr Sania Nishtar was looking after this gigantic programme very efficiently, he added.
He said the Punjab government was also doing its best for the education sector. The primary
schools were being upgraded up to middle and middle up to high school level in addition
to provide missing facilities in these institutions.
The State Minister said the government was also trying to launch evening classes in those
institutions where these were missing up till now. The teachers’ transfer system had also
been uploaded online to facilitate the teaching community, he said.
He further said the government had diverted its attention towards technical education.
In this connection, technical universities were being established in the country including
3 such universities in Punjab, he said and added these universities would impart technical
skills and expertise to the 120 million youth so that they could be acquired by the industrial
He said that for hi-tech education, 100,000 scholarships had so far been given while another 100,000 were in the pipeline.
The State Minister said the government had allocated Rs 10 billion for the Kamyab Jawan programme. “Our youth are most talented and excelled in IT sector”, he said, adding “Our IT export was 800 million dollars which are expected to jump to 3 billion dollars during the PTI tenure”.
He also underlined the need for promoting a positive social attitude in the country and said
that teachers and students must play their due role in making Pakistan a livable country.
He congratulated the passed out graduates and said that the government was providing
them easy loans enabling them to start their own businesses instead of running after the jobs.
MPA Firdous Rae, College Principal Shahida Rae and faculty members were also present
on the occasion.
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