The first ever e-Rozgaar center for Women launch took place on the 26th of May at the Government College Women University, Faisalabad. Chief Guest, Chairman PITB Dr. Umar Saif inaugurated the center and was welcomed by the Vice Chancellor Government College Women University Prof. Dr. Naureen Aziz Qureshi. The event was also attended by Director General E-Governance Sajid Latif, Rector University of Faisalabad Dr. Majeed, MPA Dr. Najma Afzal, Director Entrepreneurship Nabeel Qadeer and Program Manager Mehak Jamal.
The event started at 3 pm with Dr. Umar Saif cutting the ribbon to formally launch e-Rozgaar center at Government College Women University. He took a moment to address the female candidates and emphasized on how ‘Pakistan won’t prosper till its women become a part of the workforce’. 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.
He then proceeded to the auditorium where he was welcomed by a hall full of female students and faculty from the Government College Women University, who applauded loudly till the guests took their seats. The launch was attended by over 800 students and faculty from GCWUF and Faisalabad.
Vice Chancellor Dr. Naureen Aziz Qureshi expressed how immensely proud and honored she felt that her college was chosen to be the first center for women in Punjab. She reassured the guests that this center will produce the best female freelancers in Pakistan. She then welcomed Dr. Umar Saif to speak to the students. Dr. Saif took this moment to encourage the young female youth of Faisalabad to always achieve and do more than expected. He concluded the inaugural address by communicating his high expectations for this center and that he hopes ‘GCWUF will prove to be an example for women nationwide!’
There are 5 such centers planned across Punjab which will train female candidates in three main course tracks, namely technical, non-technical and creative design.
The e-Rozgaar program is a joint project of Punjab Information Technology Board (PITB) and Youth Affairs, Sports, Archeology & Tourism. The scheme is to empower the youth through freelancing and earning online.
In the first phase 10,000 candidates will be trained in three different batches in one year. 40 training centers are 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.
Out of the 175 female candidates shortlisted from Faisalabad, 61 have a Bachelor’s degree, 92 have a Master’s degree and 22 have an M.Phil in a variety of disciplines.
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, and was presented a token of appreciation by him in return. The event ended on an energetic note as all the guests posed for a picture before proceeding for tea and snacks, which were all made by the students of the Home Economics department.