FAISALABAD -The government is aware of the importance of education to root out illiteracy, poverty and unemployment from society and the phenomenal shift in the approach of NGOs to focus on education is highly commendable, said Punjab Minister for Law, Parliamentary Affairs and Local Bodies Rana Sanaullah.

He was addressing a seminar organized jointly by FCCI and Saylani Welfare International Trust on ‘Empower Youth as IT Entrepreneurs for Progressive Pakistan’ here the other day.

He said that PML-N government focused on education during his first tenure by creating an endowment fund to provide subsistence to the needy and talented students belonging to poor strata of society.

He said that the endowment fund started with Rs5 million had now stood at Rs12 billion and approx. 60,000 students were getting best possible education in the renowned universities of the country from the fund.

He said that the Daanish School Project was meant for the children with limited financial resources. He condemned myopic approach of some elements who opposed the project which would play an instrumental role in bringing the qualitative improvement in the lifestyle of ‘haves not’.

He said that Daanish schools had been established in Southern Punjab where trend of militancy was on the rise in 2008-09. These schools also played major role in educating youth with new and emerging sciences in addition to containing the tendency of extremism.

He appreciated the role of NGOs like Saylani and Akhuwat and said that they were actually sharing burden of the government.

He mentioned the new project of mass training program of SWIT and assured full support on behalf of the government for the accomplishment of the project. He paid rich tribute to FCCI President Engr Suhail Bin Rashid by tagging him as focal person for the program on behalf  of the people of Faisalabad.

Earlier, FCCI President said that IT was an important industry which could bring a revolution in the country but the government should recognize and give it due status. He also demanded IT Park, a campus of IT University and sub-office of the Punjab IT Board in Faisalabad.

He said that FCCI would support the IT Program of Saylani Welfare Trust.

On the occasion, Saylani International Welfare Trust(SWIT) Chairman Maulana Bashir Ahmed Farooqi explained in detail the overall services rendered by the charitable organization and said that it was providing food to 0.1 million people every day.

“We have also introduced Karze Hasna Scheme and the recovery rate of this instrument is 99 percent.” He said “we are following the Islamic junctures to root out the poverty and encourage the people to earn their livelihood instead of indulging in begging. Saylani has also created a job bank to provide required information to the jobless youth. The SWIT has already established a latest mobile software development lab in Karachi. Similar labs will also start functioning in Faisalabad during the month of June.”

Prime Minister Youth Program Chairperson Dr Amjad Saquib also addressed the participants and said that through capitalism the country could not overcome the menace of poverty and illiteracy and people have to adopt the Islamic philosophy of sharing and caring’ for the poor.