Under the Hunarmand Pakistan programme, 500,000 young people would be equipped with artificial intelligence, big data, robotics and other skills of modern technology during the next four years, which had brought about a technical revolution in the world.
Addressing launching ceremony of Rs 30 billion initiative at the Jinnah Convention Centre in Islamabad, Prime Minister Imran Khan said that the government, in the first phase, had allocated Rs 10 billion for the training of 170,000 youth.
Under the programme, 500 technical training centres would be opened across Pakistan, and 70 of them in the Islamic seminaries, he announced. He said that the government had adopted 2.5 million students of the seminaries and brought them into the national mainstream.
As many as 300 smart technical centres would be opened across Pakistan under the Hunarmand Pakistan, he said, and lauded establishment of a National Accreditation Institute, which would ensure standardization and certification of skills and training centres, and help the skilled youth in getting jobs.
In this respect, the prime minister referred to NAMAL College of Mianwali and said over 95% of the graduates and degree holders easily got jobs due to the standard and quality of education rendered there. “We have to train and give skills to our youth so that they can get jobs and feed their families,” he said.
In the presence of young people, he questioned how many jobs the government could offer. He said that the government’s job is to create an environment for job opportunities. He vowed to transform Pakistan into a model and peaceful country that would play a lead role in promoting peace among states.
Imran Khan described the youth as the biggest asset of the country, saying the Pakistanis were the second youngest population and its skilled youth alone could change the destiny of the country and the nation. He said that the government is hugely investing in the human resource, particularly the youth.
He referred to the government’s housing scheme and said that five million housing units would be constructed during the next four years, which, besides creating jobs, would stimulate economic growth by boosting 40 allied industries. Earlier, Minister for Federal Education Shafqat Mehmood and Special Assistant on Youth Affairs Usman Dar highlighted various aspects of the Hunarmand Pakistan.