President of Pakistan Dr Arif Alvi has said that the uniform syllabus is a step towards building a united nation, the government has introduced a single national curriculum and announced massive scholarship for students to promote education in the country.

Addressing the joint sitting of the Parliament at the Parliament House in Islamabad on Monday at the advent of 4th Parliamentary Year, he said differently able people have been exempted from tuition and hostel fee by the Higher Education Commission, enabling them to become a vibrant and productive segment of the society. He said the government has paid special focus on safeguarding the rights of differently able people and women.

He said various programmes have been launched to provide skill training to youth. He said 1.7 million youth has so far been provided vocational training in this regard.

The President said the government has been implementing a number of social security initiatives under Ehsaas programme for social economic development of people. He said 208 billion rupees have been allocated for this programme that will benefit about thirty percent of the population. He said Ehsaas Nashonuma, Waseela Taleem, Ehsaas Kafalat, Ehsaas Scholarship, Emergency Cash, Langarkhana and Koi Bhooka Na Soye programmes would significantly contribute to social economic development across the country.

The President said the youth are being provided easy loans for starting their own business. He said that 100 billion rupees have been earmarked for this programme and fifteen billion rupees have so far been distributed among the eligible candidates.

Regarding protections of women rights, the President said the government has not only made effective legislation but also took administrative measures to prevent incidents of sexual harassment against women and children. He appreciated the government for undertaking legislation to protect women’s hereditary rights.

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