PM’s youth skill development programme goes off

* 25,000 jobless youth to be trained across country

ISLAMABAD: 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.
The region-wise break-up of 8,524 female youth to be selected for training is: 40 from Azad Jammu and Kashmir, 110 from Gilgit-Baltistan, 825 from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 547 from Balochistan, 2,699 from Sindh and 4,303 from Punjab. 
Likewise, the region-wise break-up of 12,750 males to be selected is: 200 from Islamabad, 460 from Azad Jammu and Kashmir, 190 from Gilgit-Baltistan, 400 from FATA, 2,175 from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 1,453 from Balochistan, 3,151 from Sindh and 8,447 from Punjab. 
As many as 350 well-reputed technical education and vocational training institutes equipped with latest technology-based training workshops from the public and private sector all over the country have been selected through the Provincial Technical Education and Vocational Training Authorities (TEVTAs) and NAVTTC’s regional offices in Islamabad, Lahore, Multan, Karachi, Larkana, Quetta, Gwadar, Peshawar and Gilgit-Baltistan.
The admissions are totally free, as there is neither admission fee nor monthly fee for any of the courses. Moreover, toolkits in 27 selected trades will also be provided to trainees free of cost, after completion of their courses. The duration of these courses ranges between four and six months, including one month on-job 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. 
The last date for submission of application is April 20. All the 350 technical and vocational training institutes will remain open on April 20 for receiving applications. Interview process for selection of trainees will start soon after April 20. Final lists of selected trainees will be displayed on May 9 on the notice boards of all the 350 institutes and classes will commence from May 12.
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. 
The PMYSDP will go a long way for improving the law and order situation and the middle class will also flourish. Maximum export of skilled manpower will result in maximum foreign remittances and as a result foreign exchange reserves will become more stable. 

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