ISLAMABAD - The launch of the much-awaited third phase of mega project of National Internship Programme (NIP) has been again deferred for another two weeks due to bureaucratic hiccups on the part of the Ministry of Youth, TheNation has reliably learnt. The Ministry of Youth Affairs has so far failed to formally launch the third phase of its multibillion project of NIP, especially designed to offer skill-based training and employment opportunities to educated youth, despite the fact that it has been claiming for the last several months induction of 30,000 postgraduates within a short span of time. The NIP project was first of its kind intended to provide financial relief to youth and to keep them engaged in creative activities. Presently induction of 30,000 more youngsters is under consideration of the Ministry. But, unfortunately the slow pace of the work is shattering hopes of the millions of youth, who are depressed due to their financial woes, caused by the unemployment and are keenly waiting for official announcement for inviting them. According to official source of the Ministry still the file of the project is moving from one table to another, and it seems that the project would further be held up for an undefined period. It could not be said as to when it would be opened for youth, he further noted. However, when approached another official of the project informed that they were fully prepared and hopefully would invite the applications from the youngsters within two weeks. In this backdrop it has been learnt that from July of this year the Ministry officials are claiming inauguration of the third phase within time period of two weeks. Every year, over 50,000 youth complete sixteen years of education from recognized degree awarding institutions of the country in a whole range of academic disciplines. A considerable time gap between the completion of education and job availability in majority of cases results in a sense of frustration and waste of potential. The idea for commencement of the NIP was a temporary placement of appropriate numbers of unemployed and educated youth in relevant and matching government outfits that could be advantageous to the government as well as the unemployed youth, in such circumstances. But the dominated majority of the youth particularly those belonging to far-flung areas of the country could not take benefit of the project in absence of the proper awareness campaign of the programme. It is to be noted here that for NIP project RS 3.6 billion have been allocated in the Federal budget 2009-10. In February 2007, in order to better equip graduates of the country for their future career the government had approved a revolutionary project of NIP, where fresh unemployed graduated from all over the country could get one year hands-on experience with government organisations. But delay in release of the amount has hampered the project and the concerned quarters hardly managed to run it for more than a year. After that the project was shifted from the Establishment Division to the Youth Ministry and a request had been made to the Primer for getting more funds for proper implementation of the NIP. Under the umbrella of the Ministry, the second phase of the project was formally re-launched in Larkana at the mausoleum of Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto Shaheed where the placement orders were given to around 500 selected candidates. In recent past placement orders had also been distributed among 2300 candidates in a ceremony held in the Federal Capital.