Dr. Umar Saif inaugurates COMSATS, Sahiwal Center to promote entrepeneurship

Sahiwal, Pakistan

Chairman PITB, Dr. Umar Saif launched the 5th eRozgaar center in COMSATS, Sahiwal on the 20th of June, 2017 and was welcomed by Dr. Saleem Farooq Shaukat, Director COMSATS Sahiwal Campus. The Punjab Information Technology Board (PITB) and Youth Affairs, Sports, Archeology & Tourism (YASAT)’s joint project, “Chief Minister’s eRozgaar Program” will provide free training to the selected candidates throughout the province of the Punjab in 40 CM e-Rozgaar Centers, being established at an estimated cost of Rs. 547 million in eleven universities of the province.

Director General e-Governance Sajid Latif, Secretary YASAT Nayyer Iqbal, Director Entrepreneurship Nabeel Qadeer and Program Manager Mehak Jamal, the execution forces behind this initiative were also present at the inauguration with their entire team.

This is the fifth center in Punjab to be launched in the last month. While 60% of Pakistan’s population is below 35 years of age, there aren’t enough jobs to engage them in the market. 250,000 graduates pass out every year while only 50,000 job opportunities are created. In the present world almost all tasks are being out-sourced and our youth can monetize their education on internet by working for various websites around the globe, which is now a trillion dollar economy.

While addressing the audience at e-Rozgaar launch ceremony, Dr. Umar Saif said: “You are an asset to this country, all you have to do is believe in yourself and take this opportunity to monetize your skills.”

Earlier, under CM e-Rozgaar Program, centers at University of Gujrat, Government College Women University Faisalabad and UET, Taxila have been successfully launched by PITB. These centers are active and classes have begun.

PITB registered 33105 applications from the young graduates and on the basis of merit, selected candidates will be given three months training in three phases for freelance self-employment in technical, non-technical and creative design areas at 40 training centers by high profile trainers. Among these centers five centers are dedicated for female candidates. In the first phase 10,000 candidates selected on merit through a transparent process, will be trained in three different batches during the current year. These centers are being established in eleven (11) universities of the Punjab.

Since the concept and awareness of earning through the internet and taking freelancing as a serious profession is very new in the smaller cities of Punjab, the Program has taken upon itself to guide and groom graduates from a variety of backgrounds. The training will enable the youth to generate income approximately from Rs. 40,000 to Rs. 80,000 per month while working from home.

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