KARACHI - Monthly stipends ranging from Rs 4,000 to Rs7,000 will be offered to women, with educational qualifications of primary pass to masters, during their apprentice-ship for varied training programs. A project in this regard, dedicated to Shaheed Benazir Bhutto, was launched at Sindh Women Development Directorate here on Thursday morning. Project Director, Ashfaq Qadri briefing the Provincial Minister for Women Development, Tauqir Fatima Bhutto, said the Benazir Bhutto Shaheed Youth Development Program would mainly focus on Sindh based women. Young girls and women were said to be provided training in different skills in accordance to their academic qualifications and capacities. Programs to be offered would include banking, secretarial skills, information technology, fashion designing, tailoring, textile designing, honey bee harvesting etc. Giving a breakup of the stipends to be offered to the women apprentice, Ashfaq Qadri said post graduates (Masters) would be entitled of stipend worth Rs7000/- per month followed by Rs 6000/-for graduates, Rs5000/- for Intermediate qualified and Rs5000/- for those having passed their class five exams or above upto matriculation. Sindh Minister for Women Development, Tauqir Fatima Bhutto, expressed her pleasure that a major milestone was to be achieved by the PPP Government, committed to the cause of women empowerment. The Minister who has been actively involved in planning of the scheme said a foolproof mechanism has been adopted for selection of apprentice, said different departments of the Sindh government have also been involved in the scheme. "We have asked other departments too as Social Welfare Department etc to recommend suitable candidates," said the Minister. She said the Benazir Bhutto Shaheed Youth Development will be supervised by the Women Development Department. Sindh Secretary for Women Development, Gul Mohammad Omrani and Deputy Project Director of BBSYD, Dr. Nusrat Panwhar were also present on the occasion, along with other officials of provincial government.