Engaging youth: Virtual internship programme launched

75 out of 5,000 applicants selected for the six-week programme.

Our Correspondent July 19, 2014

ISLAMABAD: The Ministry of Planning, Development and Reform has launched a six-week virtual summer internship programme for the youth to acquaint them with modern development trends and technological advancement.

Besides interns from across Pakistan, youth of Pakistani origin in the United States, Sweden, Canada, Britain, Germany, Singapore will also have access to the programme, said a press release issued on Friday.

The ministry has selected 75 aspirants out of over 5,000 applicants for the programme through which they will gain experience while working in a remote professional setting without being present physically at the job location.

The government for the first time has initiated the programme to integrate technology and bring institutional reforms through e-office enablement.

The interns will work with the Planning Commission on seven pillars — human and social capital, private sector-led growth, developing a competitive knowledge economy through value-addition, modern infrastructure and strengthened regional connectivity, democratic governance, institutional reforms and modernisation of public sector entities, energy, food and water security, and sustained indigenous inclusive growth — outlined under the “Vision 2025”.

The interns will also work on social media and other communication portals.

Minister for Planning Ahsan Iqbal said integrating youth in the policy-making process was a key to development, adding that the government has taken a number of initiatives in this regard.

Coordinator Hussain Nadim said the programme aimed at using the young talent in the policy-making process, besides providing them the opportunity to polish their skills as development leaders.

Published in The Express Tribune, July 19th, 2014.

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