ISLAMABAD (D.Times): The federal government has started the Prime Minister’s Youth Skills Development Programme (PMYSDP), under which technical and vocational training will be imparted to 25,000 less educated and jobless youth across the country.
The National Vocational and Technical Training Commission (NAVTTC) has been mandated to complete the task. Under the programme, technical and vocational training will be imparted to 25,000 less educated and jobless male and female youth from the most neglected, underprivileged and marginalized sections of Balochistan, Sindh, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Punjab, Islamabad, FATA, Gilgit-Baltistan and Azad Jammu and Kashmir.
According to a press release issued by the NAVTTC media section, funds of Rs800 million have been approved for the programme.
The break-up of 25,000 youth to be trained is: 200 from Islamabad, 500 from Azad Jammu and Kashmir, 300 from Gilgit-Baltistan, 400 from FATA, 3,000 from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 2,000 from Balochistan, 5,850 from Sindh and 12,750 from Punjab. Out of a total of 25,000 youth, 8,524 females will be given technical and vocational training.
In the mid of last year, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif announced seven development schemes for the youth. Maryam Nawaz Sharif was appointed chairperson of these schemes. The PMYSDP is also one of these schemes and MNA Maiza Hameed was appointed chief coordinator of the PMYSDP.
The admission notice advertisement of the PMYSDP has been published in leading national and regional dailies on April 6, last Sunday, keeping in view the target audience all over the country.
A third-party firm will be selected for monitoring and evaluation of the PMYSDP from start to its completion.
It may be mentioned here that as a result of technical education and vocational training to 25,000 youth, they will themselves not only become economically sound, but their families will become economically and socially prosperous as well. This skilled manpower will soon avail employment opportunities in the country and abroad, and will certainly result in reduction of poverty.