LAHORE - The Punjab Education Foundation (PEF) has planned to provide free vocational training to 35,000 partner high school students in 29 districts through public-private partnership. This programme is aimed at providing skilled labour-force to industry, reducing unemployment in poor youth and teach different beneficial technical and vocational skills to the students so that they could start their own small-scale business. This was stated by Chairman Punjab Education Foundation Raja Muhammad Anwar while addressing the Symposium on Public-Private Partnership in Vocational Training-A New Paradigm organised by PEF, at a local hotel here on Saturday. Giving the details of the programme, he said that secondary school students, deserving out-of-school 15-25-year-old youths and housemaids will be imparted free training through Tevta, NGOs and the technical institutions owned by the business community in Punjab. He said PEF will bear the expenses of this training adding, the programme will be especially beneficial for jobless girls, matriculate students and out-of-school youths who, because of socio-economic poverty, cannot start own small-scale entrepreneurship. The programme is also designed to provide trained workforce to the trade and industrial sectors as Pakistan industry badly needs trained persons to lead it to compete in a competitive environment of globalisation, he maintained. Pro-Chancellor LUMS Syed Babar Ali said nation-building requires investment on human resource as no nation can develop without it. He said that health should be another priority area and the children should be motivated to take part in sports activities.