’Rs 12,000 stipend for a post-graduate will be unrealistic’

June 9, 2015 Off By Web Desk

KARACHI: Mohammad Ali Jinnah University Karachi’s President, Dr Abdul Wahab on Wednesday appreciated the federal budget 2015 proposals for allocating Rs 71.5 billion for the promotion of higher education in the country, providing Rs 10,000 PhD allowance to all government employees and introducing internship program for 50,000 unemployed youths in government and private departments under Prime Minister’s Youth Training Scheme every year.

In a press statement issued here today, he asked the government to give at least Rs 20,000 per month stipend to every post graduate unemployed youth during internship period instead of proposed Rs 12,000. He said that in a situation when minimum wage of unskilled and uneducated worker is being fixed, provision of Rs 12,000 stipend to a post-graduate youth is absolutely unrealistic and injustice with highly educated people.

Dr Wahab emphasized that a comprehensive internship program be introduced in the country to provide internship for all students of public and private sectors colleges and universities which may help them easily get jobs on completion of their education.

He said that at first, internship program for students was introduced by Institute of Business Administration (IBA) Karachi. Under that program, it was compulsory for IBA students to go for internship in business and industrial establishments during their summer vacations.

He said that as a result of strict implementation on this internship program, every student on completion of his education was able to get employment without any difficulty. He said that unemployment is a major problem of our educated people and it is the prime responsibly of federal and provincial governments to take immediate steps to curb the growing unemployment problem among youths who are our last hope to achieve our socio-economic development goals in future.