The Technical Education and Vocational Training Authority (Tevta) has pledged to bring about change in the technical education curriculum by including in it some new courses, modifying the existing courses in all the government technical education institutions.

Talking to a delegation of the Sialkot based surgical instruments manufacturers and exporters, Tevta Chairperson Irfan Qaisar Sheikh said it would ensure the provision of skilled work force for the industries in active collaboration with the main chambers of commerce and industry and other trade bodies including Surgical Instruments Manufacturers Association of Pakistan (SIMAP) across the Punjab province.

He vowed to make sincere efforts to improve the surgical industry. He added that Tevta had now modified the short technical training courses including filling, grinding, finishing, polishing and machinist for boosting the surgical industry of Sialkot through providing a skilled labour and work force to the industry.

At present, 3,500 surgical instruments manufacturing units are registered with SIMAP in Sialkot here, he disclosed and said that Tevta would also establish Institute of Surgical Technology (IST) at Sialkot. It would be a new branch of persisting Metal Industries Development Centre (MIDC) to modernise more than a century-old surgical industry, he said. About 150,000 labourers, artisans and industrial workers were directly or indirectly attached with the surgical industry, he said.