Promotion of education, science and technology and modern knowledge is essential for eliminating poverty, ignorance and extremism and transforming Pakistan into an Islamic welfare state in accordance with the ideals of Allama Iqbal and Quaid-e-Azam, he said, while appreciating the Rangers Institute of Technical Education (RITE) for playing a commendable role for the technical training of the youth. Such programmes can help overcome poverty and unemployment in the country. The Punjab government will give a monthly stipend of Rs 2000 each to boy and girl student receiving training at RITE while funds will also be provided for the purchase of modern machinery for the institute in the light of the recommendations of the committee set up for this purpose, he offered, while addressing the 5th annual certificate distribution ceremony of the RITE at the Pakistan Rangers Headquarters Punjab on Wednesday. Senator Pervaiz Rashid, Director General Rangers Major General Muhammad Nawaz, Secretary Industries Dr Shujaat Ali, Chairman TEVTA Saeed Alvi, high ranking officers, teachers and a large number of students were present in the function.
The CM said besides safeguarding the frontiers of the country, the Rangers had also initiated commendable programmes for technical training of the youth, which would not only generate job opportunities, but would also result in progress and prosperity of the country. He lauded the standard of training at the RITE, and said it was challenge for the TEVTA as well as other vocational institutes of the country. The future of Pakistan is linked to vocational education, and there is need to utilise all energies for the technical training of the new generation, he said, while appreciating allocation of seats for students of four provinces, Azad Kashmir, FATA, police and children of martyrs in the RITE.
On this occasion, he talked about the Aashiyana Housing Scheme for providing shelter to the low-income people. He said ten percent quota had been reserved for widows, orphans, disabled and families of martyrs in the Schemes, being constructed across the Punjab. The families of Army officers and Jawans, who laid down their lives in the defence of the country, can also apply for houses under these schemes. The Punjab government will make down payment of Rs 2.5 lakh for the quota allocated for widows and martyrs, he said.
In his welcome address, DG Rangers Maj Gen Nawaz said the participation of the CM in the ceremony reflect his commitment to education and importance being given by him to technical education. 21 schools and collages have been established by the Pakistan Rangers, where quality education is being provided to boy and girl students, he added. Director Rangers Institute Colonel Nadeem Ullah Rehmat also spoke on the occasion.
Earlier, the CM witnessed an exhibition of products made by the students of the RITE, and showed his keen interest. He also distributed certificates among the boy and girl students achieving top positions in various courses.
Maj Gen Nawaz presented a shield to the CM.
Later, the CM, while recording his impression in the visitors book, eulogised the services of Rangers regarding vocational training of male and female students as well as the relief and rehabilitation of flood victims.