ISLAMABAD - The apex court on Thursday directed the Oil and Gas Development Company (OGDCL) to submit details regarding the expenditures incurred on establishment of Oil and Gas Training Institute and on the training of each individual at the institute. A three-member bench of the Supreme Court headed by Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry and comprising Justice Ch Ijaz Ahmad and Justice Jawwad S Khawaja was hearing a case regarding denial of employment to the trained graduates of the Oil and Gas Training Institute, a training institute of the OGDCL. Counsel for the petitioners, Advocate Iftikhar Gilani submitted before the court that the OGDCL had recruited 270 graduates including engineers and geologists in 2007 for training in its institute. The recruited graduates had signed a bond with the OGDCL that they would serve in the company for five years after completion of their training, Gilani submitted. Moreover, as a pre-condition, the graduates had resigned from their existing jobs or had ceased their further studies. Furthermore, only first division holder graduates had been recruited for the training after giving tests and interviews and regular tests were conducted on weekly basis during their training and candidates failing to secure 80pc marks were dropped from further training, counsel for the petitioners contended. At the end of the training, he further submitted, the company refused to employ the graduates trained in its own institute on the grounds that there was ban on employment. However, he said, the company later advertised various positions based on open merit. He prayed to the court to direct the company administration to employ the graduates trained in its own institute instead of hiring other graduates from open market. Counsel for the OGDCL, Afnan Kundi, contended that fresh employees were being hired on open merit, in which, he said, the said trained graduates could also participate. He said that the bond signed by the petitioners stated that it would be mandatory for the trainees to serve in the Company at least for five years if the Company offered them jobs. During the course of the proceedings, Chief Justice observed that huge amounts of public money was spent on trainees so they should not be forced to seek employment in foreign countries. We cant see public money going abroad, the Chief Justice observed. Justice Jawwad S Khawaja observed that we should fight the brain drain and should not let our trained youth to go abroad for jobs. He observed that the company was responsible before the whole nation as the government was principal shareholder in the company. The court directed OGDCL to amend the advertisement for fresh employment and include statement therein that preference would be given to the candidates trained from its own institute. The court also directed the company to furnish detailed report regarding the expenditures incurred on each trainee and on establishment of the Oil and Gas Training Institute.