Pakistan Army is currently playing a major role in development of Balochistan and providing support to people of the province in all major facets like health, education, job opportunities, technical training and skill development. It is also contributing to poverty eradication, maintaining law and order, striving for peace and prosperity and encouraging a work environment favourable for progress of the local population. As far as job opportunities are concerned, the ISSB Detachment has been established at Quetta for induction of Baloch youth in PMA, and Army Selection & Recruitment teams currently visit different colleges to deliver motivational lectures to students and also organize preparatory classes. During last three years, a total of 625 candidates appeared in ISSB tests. Baloch people are given a special relaxation of 5% in marks as compared to candidates from other provinces. In the education sector, around 110 schools have been refurbished by the Army and 16,204 Balochistan students are being educated in 32 Army/FC Public Schools and Colleges. Many of them are being educated in FG Schools and Colleges and others being sponsored for free education through Chamalang Beneficiaries Education Programme. In Chamalang Beneficiaries Education Programme, a hostel has been established for almost 100 students of Marri and Luni tribes belonging from the Loralai and Kohlu districts. They are offered free boarding, lodging and medical facility along with a monthly stipend of Rs. 500/- being provided to each student. An average of Rs. 6,500/- is being spent on each student per month. All these expenses are borne by Pakistan Army alone, with an aim of development of Balochistan. Various technical institutes in collaboration with National Vocational and Technical Education Commission (NAVTEC) have been established by the Army too. Army School of Technicians (AST) is imparting skill development training to local unemployed youth since 2006. More than 1000 Balochistan students have been given technical training through Balochistan Institute of Technical Education (BITE) and Army School of Technicians (AST). Training of different skills are being provided to unemployed youth to be skilled mechanical welder, home appliances mechanic, carpenter, auto electrician, machine operator, driver, motorcycle mechanic, car mechanic, computer operator, dress designer and beautician. There is no admission/tuition fee and facilities of medical, uniform and stationary are provided by BITE. After these courses, 62 individuals have been inducted in the Armed Forces and many others have started their own small businesses in different areas of Balochistan. Around 70 individuals been adjusted in various departments of government. Females are also encouraged to undergo training courses to enhance their skills. Pakistan Army is making all out efforts to enhance the educational level of the youth of Balochistan in order to bring them into mainstream. -ANUM FAYYAZ, Islamabad, August 1.