MoS Engr Muhammad Baligh Ur Rehman attended the National Roundtable Conference on Main Streaming SDGs “making youth the part of policy making process” as Guest of Honor today
MoS Engr Muhammad Baligh Ur Rehman attended the National Roundtable Conference on Main Streaming SDGs “making youth the part of policy making process” as Guest of Honor today .
It’s a privileged for me to attend this auspicious gathering today where SDGs and youth empowerment are the main topics, said the Minister. He said that its quite unfortunate that we could not meet the targets of MDGs (Millennium Development Goals) due to inconsistent policies of the past. But we are determined to achieve SDG (Sustainable Development Goals) as Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif officially adopted these goals in United Nations recently and declared them as our National Development Goals.
Minister of State said that we are regularly conducting meetings and constantly monitoring the progress of SDGs. We have created a cell regarding SDGs in the Ministry of Federal Education and Professional Training, stated the Minister. He added that we have already conducted successful consultative provincial dialogues on SDGs across provinces, all the stake holders including government officials, EDOs, field officers, teachers, academicians, policy makers and representative from development sector participated in those dialogues.
Talking about the youth, Minister of State said that we have started number of youth programs recently including much criticized Laptop Scheme. Under the Prime Minister’s Youth’s Skilled Development Program around 50000 students has been trained this year and the number would be increased to 1 lac next year, Stated the Minister. Moreover full fee reimbursement scheme for the students of M.Phil, MSc and Ph.Ds belonging to less privileged areas started in our tenure. We always appreciate youth’s suggestions and recommendations and we should be thankful to Allah for blessing us with the youth. We have already engaged youth in different programs, they have a good number of representation in parliaments as well, and we hope to engage them more in future, said the Minister.
In the end, Minister of State said that things are getting improved and instead of doing criticism all the time competitive analysis of the provinces in the field of education would be much appreciated, emphasized the Minister. We all need to work together to achieve these goals.