Thousands of youths in Karachi appeared in the aptitude test for the Bano Qabil Program launched by Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) Karachi, offering skill-based trainings to youth in the city in the field of information technology.

JI’s Alkhidmat Foundation Pakistan, in collaboration leading educational institutions and a team of professionals, has offered freelancing, web-development, applications development, graphic designing, digital marketing, and Amazon Virtual Assistant courses under the Bano Qabil Program.

The eligible students will be participating in four to six months courses and following the completion of relevant courses, Alkhidmat will be supporting them in job hunt.

The aptitude test was held at Bag-e-Jinnah in Karachi. The participants, before the test, took an oath that they will remain loyal to the Islamic ideology and Pakistan and will play their due role for the development and progress of the country and the city and will not indulge in any activity that could bring shame to their families and their country. JI Karachi chief Engr Hafiz Naeem Ur Rehman administered the oath.

It is pertinent to mention here that all the courses that usually cost between Rs50,000 to Rs80,000 each will be offered free of cost to the participants. The program is the first of its kind in the history of the country.

JI Karachi chief Engr Hafiz Naeem Ur Rehman addressed the participants and said that the JI has been playing its role to bring Karachiites, particularly youth, towards a ray of hope for a better future.

He vowed that the JI’s mayor, if elected, would ensure establishment of an IT university in the city. He also vowed to make Karachi a leading IT city in the country and the region. He further said that the JI would offer courses in other skills as well.

He said that the JI if elected in the city would offer IT education in the public schools, being run by the Karachi Municipal Corporation. He added that the party would ensure educational scholarships for the youth of the city. He recalled that the JI leader Nematullah Khan had established 32 colleges during his tenure and had launched IT graduation program in six colleges of the city at a time when the IT sector was in its initial stages in the city.

Engr Naeem Ur Rehman said that Alkhidmat has made history by launching this program. He further said that the test would provide a foundation for the youth of Karachi to excel in the field of IT. He said that the program will enable the youth of Karachi to become an asset for their families, their city and their country.

The JI leader further said that unfortunately in the prevailing scenario the citizens have no basic facilities. He said that there are only two public sector universities, there is acute shortage of colleges, there is no transport facility for the students of public sector colleges, and there were very slim opportunities for youth after graduation, he said.

He further said even graduates of professional education institutes, doctors and engineers are facing a shortage of job opportunities. There are 49 thousand public sector schools in the province, the provincial educational budget also clocked in at billions of rupees but all went in vain. He concluded that the JI has a team, comprising honest and capable members to run the affairs of the city. He also urged the youth of the city to support the JI for the sake of the city’s future.

Alkhidmat’s Chief Executive Officer Naveed Ali Baig also addressed the participants and said that the test would be a window for them towards their practical life. He said that Alkhidmat chose the Information Technology field for courses because of its scope in modern day world.

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Arshad Yousafzai is a Karachi-based journalist covering Education and Human Rights. He can be reached on Twitter @Arshadyousafzay

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