'Hunermand Pakistan': PM Imran launches country's largest ever skilled development programme

08:35 AM | 9 Jan, 2020
'Hunermand Pakistan': PM Imran launches country's largest ever skilled development programme
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ISLAMABAD – Prime Minister Imran Khan has launched country’s largest ever skilled development programme ‘Hunermand Pakistan’ aimed at emancipation of youth through quality professional training. 

The programme will be carried out in next four years, costing 30 billion rupees and will facilitate youth through easy loans, professional capacity-building, start-ups and internships.

Meanwhile, the premier, chairing a pre-launch meeting of ‘Hunermand Pakistan’ termed youth an asset of nation. 

He said the programme would help youth get better job opportunities and contribute to national development.

In first phase, around 170,000 youth will be given professional skill-based training, of which 50,000 will be trained in areas of artificial intelligence, robotics, cloud computing and other advanced areas of technology.

Similarly, 50,000 youth will be given training at Technical Education and Vocational Training Authority in conventional areas including auto-mechanics, plumbing etc., whereas twenty thousand youth will be given apprenticeship.

Around 75 smart classrooms will be set up to ensure easy access to skill and professional education besides provision of such training at 70 seminaries.

The government also plans to establish five Centres of Excellence under the programme in collaboration with friendly countries.