Pakistan is blessed with an extraordinary talent but the major portion of it remains undiscovered and underutilized. The underutilization of such talent has been mainly caused by rural-urban divide in which the urban population has access to all the opportunities to excel whereas the people from rural are deprived of accessing even the basic necessities of life and education is no exception. The poor education system available for the students of rural areas has denied them to compete to their counterparts in urban areas. Their survival in the tough grading system of reputed universities is a big challenge and most of them are not even able to secure admissions in higher education institutions. It results in premature end to the educational career of such talented youth and consequently involvement in anti-state activities thus contributing negatively in overall economy growth of the country.
In the year 2016, Oil & Gas Development Company Limited (OGDCL) joined hands with Sukkur IBA University to launch OGDCL National Talent Hunt Program with the purpose of discovering the talent of such deprived students and ensuring their access and survival in the quality institutions countrywide. The programs strive for uplifting the academic level of students from rural areas by removing their deficiency in core subjects including Mathematics, English, ICT and make them compatible with their urban counterpart.