LAHORE - Punjab Minister Zakat & Ushr Malik Nadeem Kamran, accompanied by department’s sectary Habibur Rehman Gillani, yesterday visited the Punjab Vocational Training Council Secretariat to acquaint himself with the working of the council and the role being played by it.

PVTC Chairman Faisal Ijaz Khan briefed the minister about the Chief Minister’s Quality Training Programme and placement of the trained people at appropriate places.

Managing Director PVTC Mr. Sajid Naseer was also present there. Faisal Khan told the minister that the PVTC has now doubled its training capacity by using boot camp techniques and introduction of new demand driven courses. For this purpose, he said, the PVTC has established 42 new VTIs including two madrassas. Another 84 VTIs will be established next Year.

To accommodate more trainees, he said, evening shift has also been introduced. An independent M&E system is created to report progress. The PVTC chairman said that in the light of the vision of Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif partnership with the industry is also being done. He said as many as 30,000 villagers have been

trained in vaccination for livestock. Another 17,687 boys and girls have been trained as clinical assistants who may support the health department.

Under sustainable economic empowerment programme 205 skilled graduates were awarded grant to start their businesses in six districts, the PVTC chief said. The PVTC, he said, is also imparting training in various fields to those seeking jobs in foreign countries. Such people, he said, earn much needed foreign exchange for the country.

The minister appreciated the efforts being made by the PVTC in promoting technical education in the province.

Mehfil-e-Naat

lahore: A Mehfil-e-Naat was held here yesterday in the memory of Professor Zulfiqar Hussain Hashmi, an educationist who died last week. He was father of noted feature writer Syed Waqar Hashmi.

Speakers also highlighted the services of late Z H Hashmi in the field of education and social sector.–PR