LAHORE, May 10, 2014: A two-day Hunar Mela, organized by the Technical Education and Vocational Training Authority (TEVTA) concluded here on Saturday, attracting more than ten thousands visitors including students, teachers, parents and industrialists.
The two-day Hunar Mela was supported by the Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) Reform Support Programme, which is co-funded by the European Union, the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands and the Federal Republic of Germany and implemented by the Deutsche Gesellschaft fur Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH. Member National Assembly Shaista Pervez Malik, Secretary Industries/Chairperson TEVTA Ali Sarfraz Hussain, Programme Director Education GIZ Pakistan Dr. Julie Reviere spoke on the closing ceremony.
TEVTA institutes, industry partners, prominent training institutes from the public sector set up their stalls and products of the trainees on this occasion. While some of the stalls also had the success stories from a number of TEVTA institutes and training programmes. Thousands of the students from basic stream of education visited the stalls in these two-days.
Speaking on the occasion, Chief Guest Shaista Pervaiz Malik said that TEVTA, in accordance with the vision of the Government of Punjab, is putting its efforts to provide trained manpower as per requirement of the industry. She mentioned that TEVTA has launched German Pakistan Training Initiative (GPATI) Program which is a great contribution to offer international standard courses here in Punjab. This mela would facilitate the youth to train themselves in the skilled courses. “The dream of the Chief Minister is that youth should technically be empowered to contribute for the prosperity of the country,” she opined and added “the skill mela will contribute to this end.”
Dr. Julie Reviere said that Pakistan has massivepotential in the shape of youth, saying with a clear vision and sustained implementation of the TVET sector reform the youth bulge can be utilized in a positive manner. She opined that TEVTA Punjab has a major role to play as far as overall modernization of TVET sector is concerned.
Chairperson TEVTA Ali Sarfraz Hussain said that availability of skilled manpower is not only a key to success for industrial development of Pakistan but also for individual socio-economic prosperity and poverty alleviation in the society. Close and effective liaison with the industry is helping TEVTA for training the youth in demand driven and employable trades.