Expanding the chain of eRozgaar centers across the province, University of Engineering and Technology, Taxila is the first center to be launched in Northern Punjab. Chairman PITB Dr. Umar Saif inaugurated the center on the 1st of June and was warmly welcomed by Vice Chancellor Prof. Dr. Niaz Ahmed Akhtar and Dean Dr. Adeel Akram.
Director General E-Governance Sajid Latif, Director Entrepreneurship Nabeel Qadeer and Program Manager Mehak Jamal, the execution forces behind the Punjab Information Technology Board (PITB) and Youth Affairs, Sports, Archeology & Tourism (YASAT)’s joint project, “Chief Minister’s eRozgaar Program” were also present at the launch along with their entire team.
The event started at 4.30 pm with Dr. Umar Saif cutting the ribbon to formally launch e-Rozgaar center at UET, Taxila, which has been named in his honor as ‘Umar Lab’. He took a moment to address the candidates and emphasized on how ‘Online freelancing can open multiple avenues for the youth to market their technical and non-technical skills.’ He added that the program would take forward the economy of Pakistan by gearing up self-employment as in the given circumstances we produce 250,000 graduates annually against 50,000 job opportunities, and this is not enough to meet the requirement.
Vice Chancellor Prof. Dr. Niaz Ahmed Akhtar expressed how immensely proud and honored he felt that UET was chosen to be the first center in Northern Punjab and advised his students to value ethics and morality over anything else in life. The sports center that was converted into a make shift auditorium, catered over 400 attendees from the Rawalpindi district.
Dr. Umar Saif appreciated the interest shown by the faculty and administration of UET, Taxila in making this center a reality. He further explained how 1.5 crore rupees are exported as skill from Pakistan and it can contribute greatly to the growth of the economy if properly utilized. ‘Pakistan’s growth rate is highest in this area, people here are quick to learn technology and incorporate it in their daily lives’ – Dr. Umar Saif.
Selected candidates will be given three months training in three phases for freelance self-employment in technical, non-technical and creative areas at 40 training centers by high profile trainers. Among these centers five centers are dedicated for female candidates. In the first phase 10,000 candidates selected on merit through a transparent process, will be trained in three different batches during the current year. These Centers are being established in eleven (11) universities of the Punjab.
There are 40 training centers being established in 36 districts of Punjab. The training will enable the youth to generate income approximately from Rs. 40,000 to Rs. 80,000 per month while working from home.
3046 candidates appeared for the entry test from Rawalpindi and out of these 300 have been shortlisted for UET, Taxila. There are four centers scheduled to be opened in the Northern region of Punjab in the future.
PITB received an enthusiastic response by registering 33105 applications from the young graduates. The application data reveals that 16 Ph.D., 1794 MPhil, 15574 Masters, 15143 graduates and 578 B.Tech (Honors) applied for this program.
Applications were received from Attock, Bhawalnagar, Bhakkar, Chiniot, Dera Ghazi Khan, Gujrat, Hafizabad, Jhang Jhelum, Kasur, Khanewal, Khushab, Layyah, Lodhran, Mandi Bhauddin, Mianwali, Muzzaffargarh, Nankana Sahib, Narowal, Okara, Pakpattan, Rajanpur, Sahiwal, Sheikhupura, Sialkot, Toba Tek Singh and Vehari.
The Vice Chancellor then presented a token of gratitude to Dr. Umar Saif, DG e-Governance Sajid Latif, Director Entrepreneurship Nabeel Qadeer and Program Manager Mehak Jamal, and was presented a token of appreciation by Dr. Umar Saif in return. The event ended on an energetic note as all the guests posed for a picture before proceeding for Iftaar.