E-Roz­gaar Program gets ap­pli­ca­tions from 12,488 for third cy­cle

The Financial Daily - - NATIONAL -

LA­HORE: The Pun­jab In­for­ma­tion Tech­nol­ogy Board (PITB) and Youth Af­fairs, Sports, Arche­ol­ogy & Tourism (YASAT)'s joint project, "eRoz­gaar Program" in­vited ap­pli­ca­tions for the third phase for free­lanc­ing train­ing program in tech­ni­cal, non-tech­ni­cal and cre­ative de­sign ar­eas to trans­form Pak­istan into a knowl­edge econ­omy mak­ing IT the top con­trib­u­tor to Pak­istan's ex­ports and by em­pow­er­ing the job­less ed­u­cated youth.

For the third cy­cle a num­ber of 12,488 ap­pli­ca­tions have been re­ceived, which in­clude 7744 male and 4684 fe­male ap­pli­cants. Cur­rently 23 such cen­ters are op­er­a­tional across the prov­ince of the Pun­jab in var­i­ous uni­ver­si­ties and ed­u­ca­tional in­sti­tu­tions duly equipped with labs, among these cen­ters three cen­ters are ded­i­cated for fe­males, which were started in mid2017 while 3,584 grad­u­ates have been passed out in­clud­ing 1,590 fe­males and 3,584 males who have earned on train­ing for­eign ex­change to the tune of Pak Ru­pees four crore eleven lac and eighty-two thou­sand (Rs. 41,182,000/-). For cur- rent cy­cle 2,208 ap­pli­cants have been en­rolled while for all phases so far 65,390 ap­pli­ca­tions were re­ceived.

Pak­istan be­ing the World's 6th largest coun­try, hav­ing the best fac­ul­ties and re­mark­able re­sources, bet­ter than many in­sti­tu­tions around the globe, pos­sesses ex­cel­lent youth po­ten­tial to move for­ward and to grab the eco­nomic op­por­tu­ni­ties through free­lanc­ing un­der the e-Roz­gaar program.

Dr. Umar Saif found­ing Vice Chan­cel­lor of In­for­ma­tion Tech­nol­ogy Univer­sity (ITU) and Chair­man, PITB is of the view that the program em­pow­ers the youth to cre­ate jobs for them­selves in tech­ni­cal, non-tech­ni­cal and cre­ative ar­eas rather than to seek for it. In free­lanc­ing Pak­istan stood third among the World com­mu­nity by earn­ing around US $ one bil­lion, which would in­crease to the tune of US $360 mil­lion through the earn­ing of US $100 per day per per­son by the 10,000 trainees se­lected for three-month program for free­lance self-em­ploy­ment. Face­book has de­vel­oped a spe­cial­ized course track as per the needs of eRoz­gaar. - NNI

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