Nov 27, 2012
MULTAN: To promote the Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) in the country, Punjab Board of Technical Education (PBTE) in collaboration with TVET Reform Support Programme organized a workshop for the faculty members of private training delivery institutes here on Tuesday.
Mr. Khalid Mehmood, Chief Operating Officer TEVTA was Chief Guest of the seminar, while a large number of managers of TVET private sector institutes were present at the occasion. Dr. Muhammad Shafiq, Chairman PBTE, in his welcome address highlighted the importance of TVET education, business and job requirements of modern era, challenges faced by TVET education in Pakistan.
Highlighting the importance of TVET, he said is stream of education is the backbone of socio-economic development that will alleviate poverty and bring prosperity in the country. He further said that “alleviation of poverty and emancipation of mankind from the shackles of misery, deprivation and starvation could not be done until the stakeholders of TVET” understand today business scenario and job market requirements”. He also highlighted the various challenges faced by TVET ranging from shortage of TVET graduates, lack of quality TVET Educations, lack of TVET facilities in the country.
He further explained that the importance of holding these seminars and he said that there are 800 institutions affiliated with PBTE that are imparting technical education in Punjab, out of which 600 are owned by the private sectors. He said PBTE management was desirous of common forum for TVET stakeholders and counterparts to discuss and debate on the issues of mutual interest and TVET promotion. Third and last seminar of the series will be held at Lahore in collaboration with TVET Reform Support Programme, which is co-funded by the European Union, the Kingdom of Netherlands and Federal Republic of Germany. GIZ is implementing this programme across Pakistan.
Later on experts gave lectures on different thematic areas, aiming at promoting technical education in the country. They stressed the private service providers to come forward and play its role in creating awareness about technical education in Pakistan.