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LAHORE, March 13, 2010 (Frontier Star): Punjab Chief Minister, Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif has said that our future is linked to vocational education and the country can be put on the road to progress and prosperity only by equipping the new generation with modern vocational knowledge. He said that skilled manpower can bring revolution in industries, agriculture, livestock and other sectors and for this purpose TEVTA has been made a vibrant and active institution. He said that for the promotion of vocational education, instead of constructing new buildings, maximum funds should be spent on modern machinery and training of students & teachers. He said that programmes of promotion of vocational education should speedily be implemented by eliminating red-tapism so that boy and girl students of the province could be made skillful. He also directed to constitute two sub committees for setting curriculum on modern lines, training, programmes of vocational training for women and improvement of technical institutes. He expressed these views while presiding over a high level meeting held to review promotion of vocational education and projects of TEVTA in the province, at Chief Ministers Secretariat, here today. Member National Assembly Sharin Arshad Khan, Member Provincial Assembly Zeb Jaafar, Saba Sadiq, Chairman Planning & Development, Secretaries of Finance, Communication & Works departments and experts and industrialists belonging to private sector was also present on the occasion. Chairman TEVTA, Saeed Alvi gave a detailed briefing regarding the performance of the institution and future projects. He said that the developed nations have made progress only by promoting vocational education and training and the time has come that we should also put the country on the road to progress by equipping our talented youth with modern vocational education. He said that we will not only have to prepare skilled manpower according to the needs of the industry but also ensure best training for the master trainers and harmonize the curriculum of vocational education on modern lines. He said that TEVTA should work for the uplift of vocational education institutions in consultation with international institutions and improve the standard of training. He said that TEVTA has been given the target of technical training of five lakh youth every year in the province so that such a force of skilled persons is prepared which could not only play its important role in the development and prosperity of the country but also earn foreign exchange. He said that we will have to materialize the dream of promotion of vocational education for the speedy development of the country and elimination of unemployment and Punjab government will provide all possible resources in this regard. He said that TEVTA should also keep a close contact with Chambers of Commerce and Industries as well as industrial sector and a skilled workforce should be prepared according to the needs of the market in consultation with them so that they could be provided jobs in industrial sector. He said that accreditation of vocational technical institutions with international institutions is of paramount importance so that our skilled youth should perform their duties in various sectors abroad. He said that collaboration of prominent foreign institutions should also be ensured for the promotion of vocational education and endowment fund should be set up with one billion rupees for vocational education. He said that in 1998, we had launched various schemes regarding promotion of vocational education but later this sector was totally neglected and a number of vocational educational projects were not completed. He said that Punjab government has adopted a comprehensive strategy for the promotion of vocational education in the province and for this purpose huge funds are being spent. He said that a standardized design should be prepared for the new projects of TEVTA in the province and austerity should be kept in view at all costs. He said that apprenticeship is of vital importance in vocational education and this programme had been continuing for ever but not implemented for the last years. He said that recommendations regarding apprenticeship programme and training and timeframe for their accomplishment should be presented in the next meeting. The Chief Minister also constituted two sub committees which will submit their comprehensive recommendations regarding setting of vocational education curriculum and training on modern lines and apprenticeship programme. Earlier, Chairman TEVTA Saeed Alvi while giving briefing regarding performance of the institution and future projects informed that new classes would be started in 30 new institutions by 1st September this year and training would be given to girl and boy students in two shifts. He informed that different international vocational education institutions have been consulted for the promotion of quality vocational education while negotiations regarding collaboration with other prestigious institutions are underway. He said that in vocational education programme besides increase in number of students, high quality is also being ensured. He informed that 38 diploma and 100 vocational training courses are being reviewed for their improvement. The participants of the meeting also gave their suggestions regarding promotion of vocational education.

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