Infostani International: PML-N’s Shehbaz Sharif engaged with selected youth beneficiaries at the central party secretariat in Lahore to discuss bridging the gap between education and industry skills. The event, orchestrated by the PML-N media team, aimed to showcase the party’s popularity among the youth.
PML-N President Shehbaz Sharif Addresses Youth and Advocates for Empowerment: A Strategic Engagement with Beneficiaries of Government Programs
PML-N President Shehbaz Sharif strategically engaged with a carefully selected group of beneficiaries from his government’s youth programs, aiming to avoid the pitfalls of addressing the youth in an uncontrolled environment.
In a studio-like setting at the central party secretariat in Lahore, adorned with black curtains, Shehbaz Sharif addressed the youth on Monday. The event, orchestrated by the PML-N media team, lacked a clear purpose despite the apparent effort in selecting participants.
Shehbaz highlighted the need to identify challenges facing today’s youth and emphasized bridging the gap between university education and the skill sets demanded by industries. The first question came from the director of a USA-based IT company, a beneficiary of the E-Rozgar scheme, discussing the disparity in skills taught by universities and those required by job providers.
Shehbaz lamented the underwhelming IT export of Pakistan at Rs2.5 billion, attributing it to policy failures and the absence of a proper incentive structure. He stressed the potential contribution of IT export growth to the country.
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The former prime minister urged the incoming government on February 8 to prioritize youth empowerment through educational policies, emphasizing the crucial role of job opportunities in enabling degree holders to support their families.
Shehbaz highlighted the untapped potential in sports and other fields, expressing concern about the lack of mechanisms to discover talent. He emphasized that despite the nation lacking oil and gas, the youth represented a valuable resource that, with the right training, could transform suffering into prosperity.
Attendees, surrounded by beneficiaries of PML-N programs, posed questions that diverged from typical organic youth interactions, focusing on issues. The structured pattern of questions, starting with accolades for the programs and followed by queries related to their fields, contrasted with usual youth interactions.
The seating arrangement, with half of the students consistently facing Shehbaz’s back, seemed peculiar around a small podium where he stood. The media team’s primary focus appeared to be videography, with the recorded session broadcasted on Wednesday.
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The objective seemed to be showcasing PML-N’s popularity among the youth, countering the results of student interactions with the acting prime minister and media outlet sessions where students expressed dislike for the current status quo embodied by PML-N.
Subsequently, graduates from the Danish School, alumnus from the same institution and the PEEF program, and a beneficiary of the Balochistan student initiative asked questions. Others who received the opportunity included beneficiaries of the youth leadership program, Chinese language learning program, and similar initiatives, all beginning their questions with praise for their respective programs.