Youth building blocks of country’s bright future: Maryam Nawaz

MULTAN: Chairperson Prime Minister’s Youth Programme (PMYP), Maryam Nawaz Sharif Tuesday said that youth, who were the building blocks of the country, would make it prosperous and enlightened. 
She was speaking at a cheque distribution ceremony for students of less developed areas of South Punjab, under the Prime Minister Fee Reimbursement Scheme here at Bahauddin Zakariya University.
Maryam Nawaz said that youth would eradicate corruption and reject sectarianism after getting higher education.
Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif kept youth very close to his heart and the government would annually provide 100,000 laptop computers to students doing MA, MS, M. Phil and PhD, she added.
The Prime Minister was determined that every student who intended to get higher education, should not suffer due to financial constraints,  Maryam said. The government would reimburse fee of the students of less developed areas before Ramzan, she pledged.
Maryam Nawaz said the government was trying to root out terrorism and load shedding as soon as possible from the country.
“She assured that the government was working round the clock to bring peace in the country and end load-shedding.”
Every patriotic Pakistani was saddened over the incidents of terrorism happening in Karachi, she added.
Maryam mentioned various schemes launched under the Prime Minister Youth Programme and declared that these were bearing fruits too, as some of the young women who got loan after first balloting of Prime Minisiter Youth Loan Scheme, had returned their first installment, which was due after one year on getting the loan.
She said that the government wanted to financially empower women and added that women were running daycare centres, dealing in e-business of garments etc after getting loan and were working shoulder to shoulder with men.
Regarding Metro Bus project, Maryam Nawaz said that its longest route was going to be built in Multan and added that criticism on the project was out of place.
“We are here to serve you,” she said adding that laptop computers scheme would be launched on June 20.
Maryam said that she was much pleased to be in Multan and added that it was her wish since long to visit the city.
She said today cheques of Rs 66,000 to 80,000 were given to students to reimburse their fee. Over 40000 students across the country, including 10000 from south Punjab, would be reimbursed fee under the scheme, she added.
She appreciated the role of Higher Education Commission for making the fee reimbursement scheme a success.
Addressing the ceremony, Chairman Higher Education Commission (HEC), Dr Muhktar Ahmed said that youth after getting higher education, would end corruption and make Pakistan a peaceful country.
He added that Pakistani students, who went abroad for higher education, were bringing laurels to the country and informed that about 9000 students were doing PhD.
Earlier, Vice Chancellor BZU, Dr Khwaja Alqma said that PML-N had brought  first ‘silent revolution’ in 1998 after nuclear tests, by making Pakistan a nuclear country.
He said that the nation could only progress by making Pakistan a knowledge based country and added that by launching laptop computer scheme last year, the government had already brought a silent revolution in education sector.
Present on the occasion were PML-N parliamentarians and party workers,  BZU faculty members and a large number of students hailing from Women University, Air University, Education University, NUML, BZU Multan and DG Khan Campus and COMSATS Vehari.

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