Islamabad: Chairman NAVTEC Muhammad Mumtaz Akhtar Kahloon has said that NAVTEC has approved 196,645 unskilled youths under the Prime Minister’s “Hunarmand Pakistan Programme”, and President’s “Fanni Maharat Programme”. Out of which 112,000 have completed their courses while 11,000 are under training and the rest number of students has yet to get training. He said that in the light of Prime Minister’s directions, NAVTEC has taken the initiative of offering short term skill development programmes, of mostly up to 6 months duration courses, in collaboration with public and private sector training institutes.
This programme covers four priority sectors including: Construction, Agriculture (Dairy and Livestock), Information Technology and Telecommunication and Skills for Women. Moreover the other sectors being addressed are Hospitality, Light Engineering, Paramedics, Services, Traditional Trades (Cottage Crafts etc.) and Textile. The geographic spread, under these Programmes, covers the most backward areas of Punjab, KPK, Sindh, Balochistan, AJK, FATA and Gilgit Baltistan. For conducting courses in those areas, the major partners are provincial TEVTAs, Federal Ministries, Public-Sector Universities, Defence establishments and reputed public and private sector institutes and organizations.
Muhammad Mumtaz Akhtar Kahloon has said that the major share in development of developed countries at the time of their developing stage was the established TVET (Technical, Vocational and Education Training) institutions at their Federal level. Even after development, today all these developed countries are imparting Vocational and Technical education to their 85% students from Primary level and only 15% are being given General Administration education. Therefore the important role of NAVTEC has totally been ignored in the past. He said that, in Pakistan, the reported rate of women’s participation in the work force is very low, that is only 29% as compared to other countries of the region where it is more than 40%, he added.
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