|Training Audience||Faculty members of public and private Universities in Punjab|
|No. of Participants||70|
|Training Duration||One-day Training|
Minister for Higher Education Punjab, Raja Yassir Humayun Sarfraz, addressed the participants to a one-day capacity-building training of faculty members on „Developing Entrepreneurs for Future“, at Arfa Software Technology Park, Lahore. The ceremony was attended by Prof. Dr. Shahid Munir, Chairperson PHEC, Engr. Dr. Mansoor Ahmad Baluch, Chief Operating Officer PHEC, Prof. Dr. Shahid Qureshi, Rector Gift University Gujranwala, Prof. Dr. Sumaira Rehman, Rector Superior University, Lahore, Prof. Dr. Nadeem Bhatti, Vice Chancellor Lahore Leads University and more than 70 faculty members from across 35 public and private sector universities in Punjab.
The minister emphasized that teachers were needed to mentor students to get out of the job-seeking mindset. He added that the sense of pride or inferiority attached to the “government job” or “petty jobs” were no more sustaining, “the world is transforming, the cultural barriers are no more impeding in development. Our academia should encourage students of entrepreneurship” he stressed.
On this occasion, Chairperson PHEC said that the population of the world was estimated to reach nearly 12 billion by the end of this century. Other challenges like climate change, shrinking of arable land, water scarcity, and uneven distribution of wealth were depleting the resources for humans, resulting in an increase in unemployment rates; the same was reflected in the case of Pakistan. “With a GDP growth rate of almost 2 percent and an unemployment rate of 6.3 percent every year, thousands of fresh graduates are entering the already oversaturated job market, exacerbating the unemployment rate among the literate fraction of society. Besides a dividend, they are resulting in a burden on the economy. It is therefore the need of the hour to cultivate an entrepreneurial mindset among the students to think beyond job-seeking to job-creating—entrepreneurship”.