The Financial Daily

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

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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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