First Pakistan technical vocational university to be established at Hyderabad

Karachi, July 11, 2012 (PPI-OT): The 11th meeting of Sindh Technical Education and Vocational Training Authority (STEVTA) was held today under the Chairmanship of chief Minister Sindh Syed Qaim Ali Shah at C.M House. The meeting was attended by Sindh Information Minister Mr. Sharjeel Enam Memon, Sindh Education Secretary Mr. Muhammad Siddique Memon, Sindh Secretary, Mr. Kaleem Lashari, Special Secretary Finance, Secretary I.T, Chairman Sindh Board of Technical Education Mr. Saeed Ahmed Siddiqi, Chairman PSO Mr. Sohail Wajahat Siddiqui, General Manager HR Corporate Affairs Engro Chemicals Mr. Tahir Javed; Registrar Mehran University of Engineering and Technology Dr. Tahaa, Regional Director NAVTTC Mr. Mushtaq Ali and others.

Speaking on the occasion, Chief Minister Sindh said that there is acute need of technical persons having got trainings and skilled knowledge in various trades, in the country and also abroad. He further said that present government pays full attention towards preparing the youth for meeting the challenging jobs in industrial, technical, vocational and social sector so as to fulfil the needs of those sectors.

Syed Qaim Ali Shah further said that various youth development programmes have been initiated under Benazir Youth Development Programme and other schemes. He added that during last 4-years, more than 150,000 youth has been imparted trainings in various trades, and most of them have obtained jobs in government, semi-government, private institutes, factories, industries and others agencies.

Chief Minister Sindh further said that under the vision of Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto and directives of President of Pakistan Mr. Asif Ali Zardari, special emphasis has been made to further promote technical and vocational education in nook and corner of the province. He stressed upon all responsible to share their responsibilities for this purpose and youth knowing technical and vocational trades be encouraged accordingly.

Syed Qaim Ali Shah pledged his firm belief that the youth of Sindh will be trained in all technologies required for provision of jobs.

The Board of Governors discussed 4-point detailed agenda and decided to establish first Technical Vocational University at Hyderabad while 0.1 million (One lac) youth will be imparted trainings at various industries under internship programme for different skills and trades. The Authority meeting also decided to present Provincial Apprenticeship Bill in the next session of Sindh Provincial Assembly

The Board of Governors of STEVTA also approved vocational training programmes for prisoners in Jails of the Sindh province aimed at to initiate welfare schemes of the prisoners. It was also decided that the production unit of Swedish College will be reactivated and started, while efforts will be made to ensure provision of official furniture for various government departments particularly the education and health departments. The meeting also approved the annual budget of STEVTA for the year 2012-13 with allocation of Rs.1347.00 million for non-development expenditure and Rs.1200.00 million for development expenditure.

The Managing Director of the STEVTA Mr. Hafeezullah Abbasi in his detailed briefing informed that 34 institutes are being functionalized in 34 newly constructed buildings while 5 (five) regional directorates have been established in Karachi, Hyderabad, Mirpurkhas, Sukkur and Larkana. He further informed that 7 projects have been established at Shaheen Vocational Training Institute Nawabshah (PAF), Petroleum Technical Training Institute Khairpur; Community College and Polytechnic Institute Nausheroferoze (IBA Sukkur), Introduction of Innovative female specific skills – Polytechnic Institute for Girls Sukkur, Vocational Schools (Girls) Khairpur (SRSO), College of Technology, Karimbabad Karachi (PSDC) and Technical Training Institute – PCESSDC.

He added that ht work of 7 other projects is in progress which include – Karachi Vocational Training Institute Korangi, Institute of Petroleum and Gas Technology Badin, Vocational Training Institute Daharki, Vocational Training in STEVTA (Selected institutes), Vocational Training Institute for Deaf Children, Nawabshah, Shaheen Vocational Training Institute at Jacobabad/Badin (PAF) and Thar Coal Mining Institute at Mithi.

He further informed that 5 new institutes are also under way at Rohri, Karachi, Gulistan-e-Jauhar, Korangi, PSIT Karachi and High Schools of Sindh. Besides, Hunarmand Khushhal Sindh Programme is being initiated in the province at the cost of Rs.280 million, while the World Bank has agreed to finance US$ 6 million to STEVTA for Sindh Skill Development Project for introducing 70 demand driven courses. According to details, 440 candidates will be admitted for Diploma of Associate Engineers and 2000 for short courses in upcoming 2-3 years.

Mr. Abbasi informed that under ILO support, empowerment of vulnerable group, European Union funding TEVT Reform Support Programme, vocational Training for Transgender; establishment of staff Training Institutes Vocational Training for Deaf Children, and other courses are to be started.

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