The first ever e-Rozgaar center launch took place on the 19th of May at the University of Gujrat. Chief Guest, Chairman PITB Dr. Umar Saif inaugurated the opening and was welcomed by the Vice Chancellor University of Gujrat Dr. Zia-Ul-Qayyum.
Vice Chancellor Dr. Zia-Ul-Qayyum expressed his gratitude towards the program for choosing his university as the first center in Punjab. He also promised to outdo every other center in the province and produce the finest freelancers Pakistan has ever seen.
Dr. Umar Saif very proudly announced that out of the 600+ applications from Gujrat, 260 were selected out of which 159 were from University of Gujrat. The three main course tracks, namely technical, non-technical and creative design aim at creating self-sustainable freelancers in Punjab.
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. Out of which, five centers are dedicated to female candidates.
Dr. Umar Saif recounted his university days and quoted examples of leading entrepreneurs in the world to serve as motivation for the youth attending the launch and claimed that ‘e-Rozgaar Program will be a herald of change for competent students looking to monetize their skills’.
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.
Dr. Umar Saif concluded the evening by quoting his favorite poet Faiz Ahmed Faiz’s poem ‘dhuaan’, “Jinki qadmon ko kisi rah ka sahara bhi nahi,unki nazro’n pe koi rah ujagar kar de”.
Director Business Incubation Center Haider Miraj promised to provide the best of the best facilities to the freelancers at the e-Rozgaar Centers and also gave them a green card into the Business Incubation Center whenever they’d like.