LAHORE - Standing Committee on Finance Chairman and MNA Qaiser Ahmad Sheikh on Saturday appreciated the role of Technical Education and Vocational Training Authority (TEVTA) in establishing state-of-the-art new technical and vocational training institutes as well as upgrading the existing ones.

Addressing a gathering at an inaugural ceremony of Government Technical Training Institute (Boys) here, he said, “Introduction of demand driven courses in consultation with concerned national and multi-national industries is admirable.”

He hoped the target set by TEVTA to make maximum number of youth skillful would ultimately alleviate poverty across Punjab.

He further said the contribution by TEVTA would also help eliminate terrorism from the country.

“It is the vision of our government to produce skilled manpower, according to international standards so that they could get better job opportunities both within the country as well as abroad,” he added.

Sheikh said that all these arrangements were being made by the government to ensure provision of respectful jobs to the youth.

“On the directives of prime minister, efforts are also underway on emergency basis for meeting the demand for skilled labour of Qatar and UAE,” he said, adding, “It is the demand of present era, and in order to meet this demand, we should motivate our youth to receive technical education proudly. In the past, people did not consider adopting technical profession respectful.”

He said even today youngsters in Pakistan mostly yearned for office jobs and shunned working in technical institutes or in factories.

“This is also one of the reasons for unemployment in the country. If our youth become skillful, they will surely get jobs. And they don’t need any push for that, because their skills will provide them jobs automatically,” he observed.

TEVTA Chairperson Irfan Qaiser Sheikh said that TEVTA, at present, was giving special attention to arranging jobs for its pass-outs. “Pakistan has become the center of attention for world investment due to its geographical position in South Asia. Investors from the developed countries are giving priority to expand their business in Pakistan.  At present these companies urgently require trained manpower in various sectors,” he added.

He further said that TEVTA, in collaboration with national and multi-national companies, was introducing demand driven courses to implement the vision of Punjab chief minister so that youth of Punjab could get respectable job opportunities immediately.

“No fee is charged from the trainees enrolled for short courses, while Rs. 1,000 monthly stipends are also given to them. Elimination of unemployment is a national issue,” he elaborated.

“We must keep in mind that economic progress of the country is only possible by providing trained manpower to the industry. People should take more and more interest in technical education so that our country could become stronger technically and economically,” he concluded.