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101,447 skill scholarships, 16,617 business loans given to youth: PM told

Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Youth Affairs Usman Dar Saturday told Prime Minister Imran Khan that 101,447 skill scholarships worth Rs 4.7 billion had so far been distributed among the youths under Kamyab Jawan Skill for All Program.

In Pakistan, 101,447 skill scholarships have been distributed. The SAPM, during a meeting with the prime minister, told that 16,617 concessional business loans totaling Rs 23 billion had also been given to the youths under Youth Entrepreneur Scheme.

Usman Dar, who presented a two-year report on the performance of the Kamyab Jawan Program told the prime minister that under the Program, five more pro-youth initiatives would be launched soon.

What does the initiative provide?

The initiatives include the establishment of Kamyab Jawan Centers in 106 universities, the launch of Green Youth Movement, Kamyab Jawan Innovation League, Kamyab Jawan Talent Hunt Sports League, Kamyan Jawan Sports Academies, and Sports Gala.

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Prime Minister Imran Khan emphasized all-out measures for the inclusion of youth in all sectors to make them contribute to achieving the great goals.

He said 68 percent of Pakistan’s population was below 30 years of age and that was why the government was striving for converting this huge population into a great asset to benefit from their capabilities through education and skill training.

The prime minister said the government was focused on exploiting the youth’s energy for the socio-economic development of the country as they were the catalyst of a change in society.

Stepping towards employment opportunites

In May, PM  said the youth mostly wanted the government or salaried jobs but how many people the government could even recruit. He said the government was bringing in a better program for young people so that they could start their own businesses and entrepreneurial projects.

“The program has two parts: skills-based education and loans for businesses.” PM Imran Khan said the government wanted more people to get skills-based education and for that, 170,000 scholarships would be given away.

He said 50,000 scholarships would be for high-end skills such as coding and artificial intelligence. “You [youth] can do six-month courses and then get jobs you didn’t even think was possible for you,” he said.

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The premier said if young people had a business idea, then they would be given loans under the ‘Kamyab Jawan program’. He said the government had allocated Rs100 billion for the youth initiative and those loans would be provided on merit. “We eventually want to increase the sum so that we can reach more young people and generate employment opportunities for them,” he said.

APP with additional input by GVS