PPL, NED launch Extended Internship Programme 

Karachi, November 10, 2014: In a pioneering case of industry-academia collaboration in the local oil and gas sector, Pakistan Petroleum Limited (PPL) together with NED University of Engineering and Technology, Karachi, launched a 12-month Extended Internship Programme (EIP) with an orientation ceremony held at the university campus on November 10.  

As part of PPL’s Corporate Social Responsibility programme under the umbrella of the Memorandum of Understanding signed between the company, NED and Norwegian University of Science and Technology earlier this year, EIP will cater to a cross section of society with special consideration for marginalized communities, particularly in PPL’s concession and operational areas. 

Over 100 candidates, selected for the programme through a transparent, merit-based process managed professionally by NED despite pressures from various quarters, will be given professional academic training, including laboratory sessions at NED, followed by full-time on-job training at PPL for one year.

The first-ever effort of its kind, the EIP is expected to go a long way to address human resource constraints for technically qualified professionals in the oil and gas industry and may have a multiplier effect provided it is replicated by other oil and gas companies to accommodate more and more candidates.