Punjab Minister for Youth Affairs and Sports Malik Taimoor Masood held a meeting yesterday (21st September) on Provincial Youth Coordination Mechanism at National Hockey Stadium in which he talked about the wonders of the IT youth of Pakistan and the role of the e-Rozgar training program in the making of the Pakistani youth as tech-savvy as they are at the moment. He explained that Pakistan is a fortunate country for having around 63 percent youth among its population. He gave a figure of 40,000 students that have been trained by all programs of the e-Rozgar program. Taimoor said;
“We are bringing more programs to give the youth maximum opportunities to excel in their respective skills and fields. We are ready to extend every kind of cooperation and facilitation to PILDAT, Literacy, PITB, HEC, and TEVTA Departments in their upcoming youth program,”
The sports minister said that Youth Affairs Department Punjab, in the collaboration with the PITB, was making efforts to make the e-Rozgar project a success.
“Youth of Punjab province are being imparted technical skills in various relevant fields through e-Rozgar Program. Dozens of e-Rozgar Program centers are working right now in the province where thousands of youth are earning respectable livelihood for their families”.
Director General Sports Board Punjab Muhammad Tariq Qureshi also added to the conversation and motivated the team to facilitate the youth even more so that they can excel in the field of IT even more. He said;
“Our youth needs to be given technical education. It is a modern era and in this challenging time every youth must learn a skill along with his/her education,”
He further said that the Youth Affairs Department of Punjab is making all possible efforts to empower and mobilize our talented young generation. He also acknowledged the youth of Pakistan for their efforts in the field which have proved to present a good impression of Pakistan all around the world. He added;
“The potential young male and female students of the province should take part in the maximum number of e-Rozgar Programme courses to make their future bright,”
Director General Sports Board Punjab Muhammad Tariq Qureshi chaired the opening session of the meeting. Director General Punjab Information Technology Board (PITB) Sajid Latif, DG TEVTA, M Asad of UNFPA, Director Admin Syed Umair Hassan, Deputy Secretary Education Punjab Shahzad Jafri, Deputy Secretary HEC, DEO Literacy Department Ghulam Ahmed, Project Manager PILDAT Faheem Khan, Technical consultant PILDAT Ms. Amna Kausar and Maham Taj and Deputy Director Youth Affairs Nazish Noor also attended the meeting.
Highlighting initiatives of Youth Affairs Department Punjab, DG, SBP said that Youth Affairs Department Punjab is providing a platform for sports development facilitation and promotion of talent.
“It is working comprehensively for youth empowerment, encouragement, entrepreneurship, and development,” he said.
Technical Consultant PILDAT Ms. Amna Kausar in her briefing highlighted the significance of skills in this modern era.
“We should make collective efforts for a better future for our youth at the platform of Youth Parliament. Besides this, we also need to enhance our coordination under the new sports policy. In foreign countries, every individual is bound to learn at least one skill as per his/her interest and passion and we need to introduce and launch this practice in our country properly,” she explained.