In order to better equip our nation’s graduates for their future career the Government of Pakistan has introduced a National Internship Program where fresh unemployed graduates from all over the country will get one year hands-on experience with government organizations nationwide and emerge as an even better human resource for the country’s economy.
All unemployed post graduates and graduates having completed 16 years of formal education in any discipline during the calendar years 2005 and 2006 are eligible for applying. Applicants must have completed education from HEC recognized Universities/Colleges including external candidates and must be 25 years or less of age by 31 December 2006. The internees will be paid a monthly stipend of Rs. 10,000/- (all-inclusive) during the internship period. After successful completion of one year’s internship, interns will be awarded NIP certificate of experience.
Interested candidates can apply online through website: www.nip.gov.pk
It seems a revolutionary step by the Government of Pakistan. Potential energy of educated youth can be directed to its most effective usage. Underemployment in the form of mismatching can be reduced. Meanwhile, public sector suffering arising from chronic shortage of officials can be avoided.
On other hand, this step is seen as campaign for forthcoming elections. Other serious considerations are arising about the funding of program. This project is expected to be financed by higher inflation and direct and/or indirect taxes. Moreover, sustainability of project is not assured by government.