The Government of Pakistan has announced the launch of the country’s largest internship program which will facilitate 60,000 youngsters.
This announcement was made by the Ministry of Planning Development and Special Initiatives and is being carried out under the vision of Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif.
Reportedly, within this platform, there will be 15 programs which are set to launch today, the 21st of March. These programs include:
- Ba-Ikhtiyar Naujawan Internship Program,
- PM’s Youth Laptop Program
- 5,000 Scholarships for the students of Balochistan and Ex- FATA
- 75 National Top Talent Scholarship Program
- Establishment of Seerat Chairs
- Establishment of Sub Campuses of Public Sector Universities in the Least Developed Districts of Pakistan
- Youth Skills Training Program
- Young Development Fellowship Program
- Seven Centers of Excellence
- Pakistan Innovation Fund Young Development Leader Award
- Special Development Scheme for the Uplift of the 20 Poorest Districts of Pakistan
- Young Peace and Development Corps and
- 250 Mini Sports Complex across Pakistan
“The top priority of the government is to provide such facilities to the country’s youth so that they can excel in their respective fields,” said the Minister.
Moreover, it is important here to mention that the Prime Minister’s Ba-Ikhtiyar Naujawan Internship Program is Pakistan’s largest internship program aimed at giving economic empowerment to the youth of Pakistan.
Importance of Internship for Youth in Pakistan
Internships are an important part of a student’s education and career development. They provide valuable practical experience, enhance knowledge, and prepare students for their future careers. For youth who come from countries like Pakistan, internships are even more crucial as they face unique challenges in the job market.
Pakistan is a developing country that faces several economic, social, and political challenges, including poverty, unemployment, and limited job opportunities. According to a report by the International Labor Organization, Pakistan has one of the highest youth unemployment rates in the world. The report states that around 5.3 million young people in Pakistan are unemployed, which is a significant challenge for the country’s economy and social development.
Internships provide a platform for students to gain practical experience, build their professional network, and learn valuable skills that are essential for success in the job market. They also offer students an opportunity to explore different career paths, industries, and companies, which can be especially beneficial for students who come from countries like Pakistan where the job market is highly competitive.
Internships can also help bridge the gap between theory and practice, which is a common challenge in many educational systems. By working in real-world environments, students can apply what they have learned in the classroom and gain a deeper understanding of how their knowledge can be used to solve practical problems.
Moreover, internships provide students with the opportunity to learn from experienced professionals who can serve as mentors and provide valuable guidance and advice. This is particularly important for students who come from countries like Pakistan where the job market is highly competitive and networking is essential for success.
Internships can also be a pathway to employment. Many companies use internships as a way to identify and recruit talented young professionals, and internships can lead to job offers upon graduation.
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