LAHORE: Public-private partnership could help universities produce skilled workers according to industry demands, Excise and Taxation Minister Mujtaba Shujaur Rehman said on Thursday.
He was speaking at the opening ceremony of a two-day International Open House and Career Fair 2016 at the University of Engineering and Technology (UET).
Rehman said that collaborative efforts could help strengthen the country’s economy and lift citizens’ standards of living. He said the provincial government had taken measures to address unemployment. “The government has started several projects in this regard… these will help empower the youth and help them acquire skills.”
The minister said that the government had been striving to strengthen the industry. He said a prospering industry would create more jobs. He said the government also encouraged entrepreneurship.
Vice Chancellor Fazal Ahmad Khalid said linkages between the academia and industry could bring the country out of the crises. He said the UET had been producing graduates with good skills. “The industry leaders should benefit from their talents.”
Khalid urged the students to equip themselves with the knowledge of the latest technologies to cope with the challenges of future. Prof Pervaiz Mughal, convener of the event, said events like the job fair helped bring the academia and industry closer. He said such events provided the participants with a platform to share ideas and expertise.
He said that job opportunities and internships offered by the industry showed the level of cooperation among stakeholders. He said that more than 100 companies were participating in the fair and more than 50 stalls had been set up.
Mughal said some of the final year students were also showcasing their projects.
Published in The Express Tribune, April 8th, 2016.