On Wednesday, Usman Dar, Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Youth Affairs and Chairman of the PM’s Youth Program, helped launch a youth entrepreneurship scheme organised by Iqra University.

Mr Dar was the chief guest at the event which focused on student and graduate start-ups seeking funding for their entrepreneurship ventures. He was joined at the event by Mr Muhammed Idrees, President of the Karachi Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

” Over the recent years, there has been a significant rise in entrepreneurship activities in Pakistan. There are approximately twenty lac students in all the universities where we have talented people studying, waiting to be financed and start-up their businesses. We should allow our youth and help them achieve their professional goals.” said Usman Dar

Usman Dar highlighted the necessity of more training facilities and resource centres for young people in Pakistan.

“Skills have emerged over the past few decades as one of the most important factors in gaining good jobs affecting a country’s socio-economic development. We need more skills academies to assist in training in Pakistan,” said Usman Dar.

Iqra University has seen an increased number of students enrolling in its entrepreneurship courses. It has also recently launched its Business Incubation Centre (BIC), designed to provide entrepreneurs with the necessary skills, space, funding, and knowledge to start their businesses. The goal of the BIC is to help promote economic prosperity in Pakistan by providing skilled workers that will create jobs for themselves and others.

Welcoming Usman Dar to Iqra University, Vice-Chancellor of Iqra University, Dr Wasim Qazi, said,” At Iqra, we focus heavily on technology and entrepreneurship in our curriculum. We have launched Artificial Intelligence, Entrepreneurship and Innovation programs recently. We realise that the hypercompetitive and disruptive nature of the modern business environment encourages and demands the development of youthful entrepreneurs,” said Dr Qazi
Other guests in attendance at the event included Vice-Chancellors of several Universities, Directors and Heads of National ORICs and Business Incubators, Venture Capitalists and students drawn from the various departments of Iqra University, including Business, Engineering, Computer Science, Media Science and Fashion.

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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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