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NAVTTC launches awareness drive on accreditation of TVET institutes

awareness drive ISLAMABAD, April 29, 2013: National Vocational and Technical Training Commission (NAVTTC) has launched a country-wide awareness campaign for accreditation of institutes, imparting Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) in Pakistan.

The awareness drive, supported by the TVET Reform Support Programme, was kicked off at Islamabad in two information sharing sessions held here on Tuesday. Heads, principals and managers of TVET institutes from all over Pakistan participated in these sessions, wherein basic information about the newly introduced accreditation system was shared.

NAVTTC Director General Accreditation & Certification Syeda Adeela Bukhari and Raja Saad Khan, National Deputy Coordinator TVET Reform Support Programme threw light on overall accreditation system and reforms in the TVET sector in these sessions respectively.

Main purpose of the awareness sessions, which will be held across Pakistan, is to apprise the heads and principals of the TVET institutes about the newly developed accreditation system, procedures and its importance.

Accreditation of TVET institutes in Pakistan is recently introduced by the NAVTTC in collaboration with the TVET Reform Support Programme that is co-funded by the European Union, the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands and Federal Republic of Germany. The programme is implemented by the GIZ.

NAVTTC with the support of TVET Reform Support Programme initiated the accreditation process last year on pilot basis. TVET institutes were evaluated on the basis of set standards in the areas of human resources, financial, infrastructure, academia and industrial linkages across Pakistan. As a result, 14 TVET institutes from different parts of the country were awarded accreditation certificates last month.

Spelling out steps of the accreditation process, Ms Bukhari explained that NAVTTC has established standards and guidelines that serve as basis for measuring the performance of the TVET institutes and programmes. TVET institutes seeking to be accredited are given guidelines and standards to prepare for accreditation and based on these very benchmarks the institutes submit an application to NAVTTC.

Based on the information, furnished by the applicant institute, a team of assessors perform on-site visit and evaluate the institute or programmes on the basis of set standards. Findings of the field team are then put before a Technical Committee of the Accreditation wing of the NAVTTC for final decision on the accreditation, she explained.

Ms. Bukhari argued that it is a high time for the TVET institutes to get accreditation so that their trainees have better prospects of jobs not only at home, but also abroad. In these sessions, procedures involving accreditation, was explained to the participants.

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