PESHAWAR - Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Amir Haider Khan Hoti has said that more resources have been allocated to promote technical education.

He said that the present generation was committed to ensure that the coming generations remain prosperous and make Pakistan secure and strong. He said that importance of technical education and training was vital for eradication of unemployment. He said that Rs 2.82 billion have been allocated for technical education this year.

He was addressing the prize distribution ceremony held under the Technical Board at the CM House on Tuesday. Gold medals and certificates were conferred on toppers in Diploma of Associate Engineering, Commerce and Business Administration between 2006-2012.

Provincial Minister for Technical Education Mehmood Zeb, Secretary Industry Fazal Karim Khattak, VC UET Imtiaz Gillani, Chairman Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Board of Technical Education Prof. Nasir Ali Muhammad Zai, principals of different technical institutes, teachers, students and a large number of parents were also present on the occasion.

Hoti termed technically qualified and trained people as guarantee to economic development and prosperity and said that this important sector was ignored in the past. He said that due to increase in rate of unemployment, we can’t overlook this sector any more. He said that the present government has initiated special programmes for generalizing technical education and enabling trained youth to earn their livelihood; that included provision of interest free loans under Hunarmand Rozgar Scheme and free training to youth in prominent institutes.

He said that a few years back, mere Rs200-300 million annually were allocated to this sector but the present government allocated Rs 2.82 billion to technical education for benefiting from greater available opportunities at national and international level.

He said that parents can’t enroll their children in quality technical institutes due to heavy financial burden. He said that our government has introduced scholarships for equipping them with modern training, adding that 1500 youth were taking training in best institutes of the country were by the expenditure will be bear by the provincial government.

He said that Rs 230.20 million were allocated for the 1st phase while Rs 350.40 million have been allocated for the 2nd phase.  He said that the selection process of the trainees has been kept free from any sort of political influence and meritocracy has been ensured.

The CM said that implementation on technical and education programmes will not get affected due to additional resources secured under the NFC Award and 18th Amendment.

He said that extremism and ignorance will be removed with the light of knowledge and all sorts of sacrifices will be rendered for the transfer of safer, developed and prosperous Pakistan to future generation.  He said that improvement of existing technical institutes will be prioritized.  He stressed market demands based technical education and said that process of establishment of new institutes will move on. 

Addressing the gathering, Provincial Minister Mehmood Zeb said that the present government in leadership of Chief Minister has under taken valuable steps for promotion of technical education and has established 58 colleges of technical education. 

Chairman Technical Board, Prof. Nasir Ali Muhammad Zai, presented the welcome address and said that the Board was playing a vital role in economic and industrial development of the province since 1972 by providing trained work force.