If development efforts are to be sustainable, stakeholders must have the necessary educational background to take the work forward without external intervention. This is precisely the thinking underpinning Pakistan Petroleum Limited (PPL)’s CSR Programme and the reason behind its emphasis on promoting education and learning through formal and informal channels.

After Sui Model School, which marked the start of PPL’s CSR work back in the 1950s, PPL has continued to promote academic institutions in its operational areas and beyond with a view to educating the younger generation, particularly those belonging to disadvantaged communities, in order to enhance learning, livelihood opportunities and quality of life. Over 50 years later, PPL remains as committed.

On the formal education front, PPL’s interventions included scholarships in relevant disciplines to local and foreign institutions, operational funding, construction of physical infrastructure such as classrooms, libraries and computer centres and provision of furniture and equipment.

Further, PPL strives to strengthen the future resource pool of qualified young professionals, particularly in petroleum engineering and geo-sciences. In this respect, the company intends to establish chairs in various universities, including the NED University of Engineering and Technology and Bahria University at Karachi and Mehran University of Engineering and Technology in Jamshoro. The initiative will enhance research and facilitate hiring of qualified faculty and scholarships to deserving students.

In terms of informal learning, the company set up a first-of-its-kind computer training centre and library at Sui. To facilitate learning among hearing-impaired children, PPL also donated state-of-the-art Frequency Modular (FM) systems to the Institute for Special Children in Quetta.