Ensuring education and training of young people is a top priority: minister – Pakistan

ISLAMABAD: Planning, Development and Special Initiatives Minister Ahsan Iqbal said equipping young people with education, training and experience to meet future needs is the government’s top priority.

The Minister made the remarks while swearing in the 5th batch of 40 Young Development Fellows (YDF), who officially joined the Planning Commission on Tuesday. The swearing-in ceremony brought together academics, lawyers, civil society activists and students.

The minister said that political stability and continuity of policies are vital for the development of the country. But, unfortunately, that could not happen in Pakistan, he said. He urged young people to have self-confidence to put the country on the path to peace, development and economic prosperity.

He reiterated that the government is committed to providing opportunities for the youth and YDF program is an initiative, which has been restarted with the aim of empowering them to learn public policy issues through this scholarship.

He said that the fundamental objective of this initiative is to empower young people by including them in the ministry so that they can learn and excel in their respective lives.

The minister, while highlighting Allama Iqbal’s message, pointed out that the YDF, which was called “Iqbal ke Shaheen”, adopts the philosophy of the great poet. The minister further said that the initiative was launched to empower young people so that they can learn more about the public sector.

He said that the previous government stopped this project as young people in the country were facing a problem, but now this program has been revived to facilitate them. After completing the one-year internship program, the young fellows will be able to understand government business and their new ideas will also help the ministry, the minister said, while urging the students to play a constructive role in the society that has polarized in recent years.

Shehzad Roy, a renowned singer, appreciated the action taken by the Planning Commission. “It is a big step for young people to get professional exposure in the ministry,” he added. He also suggested that Iqbal’s poetry should be taught to students in their native language so that they could learn true philosophy.

The panelists not only underscored Iqbal’s relevance in contemporary times, but also highlighted how his message still inspires the country’s youth.

Copyright Business Recorder, 2022

Helen D. Jessen