National Youth Awards

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The National Youth Awards are conferred annually by the Government of Pakistan (the Ministry of Youth Affairs division [1]) to high-achieving and distinguished men and women from all over the country. These awards are conferred after a competitive selection process, which commences in late June every year and culminates in the announcement of the awards on the eve of the International Youth Day on 12 August.

History[edit]

The awards were instituted in 2007, and have since then been awarded annually. Advertisements are placed in leading dailies of Pakistan in late June asking for nominations. These nominations then undergo a process of thorough scrutiny by a team which includes educationists, researchers etc., in addition to the governmental personnel. After multiple rounds of meetings for this selective and transparent selection process, the awards are announced by the Ministry on 12 August every year.

Objective and categories[edit]

The main objective of the National Youth Awards, as dictated by the policy directives of the Ministry of Youth Affairs of the Government of Pakistan, is to “Recognize the achievements of the young people in their lives and of volunteers working for the welfare and development of the youth”.[citation needed]

There are different categories in which the awards are given. The awards are given to individuals who have excelled in the fields of Literature; Culture; Education; Science & Technology; Sports; Business; Community Service; Media; Qirat and Na`at; Management Science; Agriculture; Computer Science and Information Technology; Environment; Technicians, Paramedics and skilled workers. In addition, there are awards for Special Youth and the Jinnah Youth Award for Organizations & Personnel working for the welfare of the youth.

There are no fixed numbers of awards that are conferred every year. For the year 2008, there were 35 awards that were handed out, for this year round i.e. 2009, there were only 25 awards given. The Awards are meant to encourage and garner as broad participation as possible, without placing any limitations on applications. However, the awards are only given to those who have proven their outstanding academic and extra-curricular achievements. When the awards-conferring body feels that there are no applications that merit the award for a particular category, no award is given in that category, regardless of the number of potential applications.

Eligibility and benefits of the award[edit]

Any Pakistani National aged 15–29 is eligible to apply for the National Youth Awards. There is no age limit for the Jinnah Youth Award. The Award, in addition to a certificate and a shield, is accompanied by PKR 50,000 for each recipient.

National Youth Awards 2008[edit]

Names of award winners for 2008[edit]

No. Name Province Category
1 Mr. Muhammad Shafique Azad Jammu & Kashmir Literature
2 Miss Preeya Tabita Punjab Literature
3 Mr. Muhammad Idrees Balochistan Literature
4 Miss Haniya Yameen Islamabad (ICT) Culture
5 Syeda Aneesa Rafique Punjab Culture
6 Miss Bushra Obaid Balochistan Culture
7 Mr. Zawar Munawar Saleemi Sindh Education
8 Mr. Iqtidar Karamat Cheema Punjab Education
9 Mr. Shehryar Masud Khan Khattak NWFP Education
10 Dr. Mohammad Ali Rai Islamabad (ICT) Science & Technology (Medicine / Research)
11 Mr. Kashif Mahmood Punjab Science & Technology
12 Mr. Muhammad Imran Punjab Science & Technology
13 Miss Sarah Mehboob Khan Islamabad (ICT) Sports
14 Mr. Waheed Hameed NWFP Sports
15 Miss Kiran Khan Punjab Sports
16 Mr. Muhammad Nawaz NWFP Community Service
17 Mr. Pritam Sindh Community Service
18 Kamran Khan Kakar Balochistan Community Service
19 Mr. Inam Ul Hassan Kashmiri Punjab Media
20 Syeda Mahwish Fatima Naqvi Sindh Media
21 Miss Fatimah Zafar Azad Jammu & Kashmir Media
22 Syed Zabeeb Masood Punjab Qirat & Naat
23 Mr. Muhammad Noman Tahir Sindh Qirat & Naat
24 Miss Isma Khalid Balochistan Qirat & Naat
25 Miss Ayesha Binte Ashfaq Punjab Computer Science & Information Technology
26 Mr. Mudassar Raza Islamabad (ICT) Computer Science & Information Technology
27 Engineer Muhammad Farooq Shibli Punjab Computer Science & Information Technology
28 Mr. Zain Ul Haq Punjab Technicians, Paramedics & Skilled Workers
29 Miss Nazia Maqbool NWFP Technicians, Paramedics & Skilled Workers
30 Miss Lozina Shoaib Punjab Special Youth
31 Raja Abdullah Akhtar Punjab Special Youth
32 Miss Shazia Batool Balochistan Special Youth
33 Dr. Qaisar Javaid (Chairman, Pakistan Lions Youth Council) Punjab Jinnah Youth Award
34 Noor Saeed NWFP Environment
35 Muhammad Shabir Northern Area

National Youth Awards 2009[edit]

These were conferred on 12 August 2009 and were presided over by Chairman Senate of Pakistan, Farooq H. Naik. 25 high-achievers were conferred upon the award for this year. Muhammad Aadil, a special youth award holder gave a speech on this occasion, and said that special persons should not be deprived of the basic facilities as it hinders them from taking part in country’s development.[2]

National Youth Awards 2010[edit]

The investiture Ceremony of National Youth Award 2010 was scheduled to be held on 11 August 2010 but was postponed owing to disastrous floods in the Country. In the meanwhile implementation commission has decided to devolve the five federal ministries including Ministry of youth affairs. It was then decided that shields, certificates and monetary award of Rs. 50,000/- for each awardee be sent to Secretary Youth Department of provinces to deliver the awardees of respective provinces.

Names of National Youth Award Winners for 2010[edit]

1 M. Shahab Alam (Team Hexa-K, Design & Fabrication of fuel efficient vehicle)

Saad Khan, Sikandar Hayat, Rameez Khan, Fawad Bin Fazil & Haji Gul - Category: Science & Technology

2 Miss. Syeda Umama Wahid (Hyderabad) Sindh. Category: Qiraat & Naat

3 Mr. Ross. M. Parkash (Hyderabad) Sindh. Category: Community Service

4 Mr. Arshad Ali (Pattoki, Distt. Kasur) Punjab. Category: (Sp.Y)Islamic Arts & Quranic Calligraphy

5 Mr. Asghar Ali (Layya). Punjab Category: Poetry

6 Syed Adil Zeeshan (Rawalpindi) Islamabad Category: Education

7 Muhammad Waqar Qureshi (Tando-Allahyar) Sindh Category: Education (Physics)

8 Asimah Majeed Marwat (Peshawar) KPK Category: Environment

9 Zunnu Raen Akhtar (Multan)Punjab Category: Agriculture

The recipients received National Youth Awards-2010 From Ministry of Youth Affairs, Government of Pakistan through Provincial Governments after 18th Amendment. in Punjab, the awards were given in a formal ceremony chaired by Chief Minister Punjab Mian Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif and Mian Mujtaba Shuja ur Rehman (Minister for Education) at Al-Hamra Hall III, Lahore on April 11, 2011. Ceremony was organized under supervision of Mr. Mohy-ud-Din Ahmad Wani, Secretary Department of Information, Culture & Youth Affairs, Govt. of Punjab.

Six recipients of Sindh Province have received their NATIONAL YOUTH AWARDS-2010 from Federal Ministry of Youth Affairs, Government of Pakistan though Provincial Governments after 18th Amendment, In Sindh, the Awards were given in a formal ceremony chaired by Mr. Raza Haroon, Provincial Minister, Information Technology at Karachi Gymkhana, Karachi on 18 May 2011. Ceremony was organized under supervision of Mr. Shoaib Ahmed Siddiqui, Secretary, Department of Youth Affairs and Sports, Government of Sindh.

Allegations of nepotism and favoritism[edit]

There have been incidences where some youth have alleged nepotism and favoritism in the selection of the awards. In fact, a case was filed in 2008 in the Islamabad High Court to dispute the selection for the awards, but the case was overturned, as the High Court decided the selection process was fair and transparent. More recently, for the 2009 awards, voices of dissent have again been raised.[3]

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