Tuesday, March 25, 2014 - Multan—Punjab youth affairs, Archaeology and Tourism secretary Muhammad Khan Khichchi said on Monday the youth internship programme would be expanded next year to accommodate more talented and educated youths.
Addressing a ceremony to award pay cards to 100 interns, he said that so far 19,000 interns had joined their duties in Punjab and another 30,000 applications were still in the pipeline. He said that Khanewal district was rich in agriculture and industry, however, only 45 youths from the area could successfully join the youth internship programme. He sought support from the private sector to provide means of earning to educated and talented youths.
Khichchi said, in his opinion, coordination between the internship programme and the youth loan scheme would benefit youths in a big way.
DCO Multan Zahid Saleem Gondal said that 2350 interns had so far joined their jobs in Multan and a merit list of educators would also be made public within next few days. Gondal said that government’s capacity to provide jobs was limited and advised youths to also focus on the private sector or their own field of expertise where they would have ample opportunities to build their career.
He urged the Multan Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MCCI) to contribute to development activities in the area. MCCI president Khawaja Usman requested the DCO to consult the MCCI on projects aimed at industrial sector development and give representation to industrialists in committees.