The initiative was launched at a ceremony at the Chief Minister’s Secretariat, attended by the CM and concerned officials.
Addressing the ceremony, Shahbaz said that the country’s young population was a precious asset, and the government was committed to providing them with the best opportunities for their growth and development.
He said that under the initiative, scholarships worth Rs. 25 million would be given to the students every year for the next three years. He said that young people would be facilitated in implementing their innovative ideas, and the government would provide them with the required resources.
He said that the government was paying particular attention to promoting sports and sports culture, and mini sports complexes would be set up in 250 union councils. The Punjab government was also working on a plan to establish innovative centers.
The CM said that 20,000 engineering students would be given internships in the public-private partnership strategy every year. He noted that internships would be provided in water supply and treatment, traffic, education, health, housing, and sports.
Shahbaz said that a youth development council would be set up at the provincial level, adding to the council’s first meeting.
The HEC will also award Ph.D. and MS scholarships to Pakistani students under the Prime Minister’s International Scholarship Program, including scholarships to 6 students from Chinese universities, six from Turkish universities and 100 from Pakistani universities.
Students of both medical and non-medical disciplines can apply for scholarships. The students can further apply for financial support for their travel and living expenses.
The program will cover the total cost of tuition fees and living expenses. They will also provide the candidates with a monthly stipend for their living expenses.
The main aim of the scholarship program is to provide financial support to students willing to pursue their postgraduate degrees from the world’s top universities. The students awarded scholarships under this program will be required to return to Pakistan after completion.