The Prime Minister’s startup programme will soon take-off to assist one million youngsters to launch up to 10,000 ventures, said Special Assistant to PM Youth Affairs Usman Dar, on Wednesday.
While briefing Federal Minister for Education and Professional Training Shafqat Mahmood, Dar said these planned projects involved different ministries and government departments but the role of education ministry was pertinent for ensuring their success. He said the PM’s special skill project would be launched to facilitate skill training in exclusive technologies, along with traditional crafts training to more than one million people.

“We are also launching national employment exchange program that will be a technology-based platform for bringing the unemployed youth in contact with the employers and that will enable integration and alignment of demand and supply to join the employment sector into an interactive system for easy access to employment opportunities, placement, facilitation and monitoring,” he added.

Shafqat Mehmood applauded Dar on his efforts and said the ministry and its concerned departments would fully cooperate with his team. He said the department would extend full assistance for the successful execution and implementation of the desired projects.

The minister also issued directives to the HEC representative to launch incubation centres and start-ups in all the universities of the country, in order to encourage and support young entrepreneurs. He said NAVTTC was already focusing on skills development and had drafted a plan to be implemented for training of  youngsters in education and skill training institutes.

“We have set up national curriculum council that is working on designing uniform national curriculum and traditional skill training and high-end technological training will be incorporated in the curriculum and skill training will be introduced from schools,” Shafqat added.

“The NAVTTC should also work for setting up start-ups in selected TVET institutes,” he said. The minister also nominated a three-member team, consisting of one member from the Higher Education Commission, one from Federal Education Ministry and one from NAVTTC. The team would be responsible for extending full support to Usman Dar and his team for the successful execution of the proposed ‘Prime Minister’s Startup programme’ and other youth programmes, Shafqat added.

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