Tevta signs MoU with UAF

LAHORE (Staff Reporter): An MoU between TEVTA and University of Agriculture, Faisalabad was signed here at TEVTA Secretariat to train the youth in agriculture and livestock sector. Three months short courses in poultry farming (controlled shed) and dairy technician trades will be offered according to the details of this MoU. The purpose of this MoU is to provide trained manpower to poultry farms and dairies equipped with the right set of technical skills and professional knowledge. Chairperson TEVTA Irfan Qaiser Sheikh and Vice Chancellor UAF Dr Iqrar Ahmad signed the MoU. Members of TEVTA Board Ali Pervez Malik, Hamid Malhi, TEVTA Officers Akhtar Abbass Bharwana, Abdul Qayyum, Mustafa Kamal Pasha, and other TEVTA officers were also present on this occasion.

NAVTTC programmes in Balochistan

ISLAMABAD (APP): National Vocational and Technical Training Commission (NAVTTC) is implementing three skill development programmes to improve human resource in Balochistan. According to official sources, these programmes include President’s “Fanni Maharat” Programme, Prime Minister’s “Hunarmand Pakistan Programme” and Prime Minister’s Youth Skill Development Programme. Under the President’s Fanni Maharat Programme, thirteen vocational training centers have been established in different areas of Balochistan, Radio Pakistan reported. Nine training programmes are being implemented under Prime Minister’s Special Initiative Hunarmand Pakistan Programme at a cost of over 336 million rupees.

Under the programme, trainees are being equipped with hands-on skills in IT, automotive, poultry farming, pharmacy, electrician and civil engineering. Under Prime Minister’s Youth Skill Development Programme, skills in hundred market-oriented trades are being imparted in three hundred and nineteen institutions all over the country.

Unilever in search of business leaders

LAHORE (Staff Reporter): Unilever Talent Hunt (UTH) 2015 has been launched as a means of attracting top talent from leading universities across Pakistan. UTH provides students the opportunity to showcase their academic and strategic acumen whilst helping Unilever build a stronger affiliation with some of the best educational institutes in the country. UTH 2015 reached out to 5,500 students at leading universities across the country, inviting them to participate for an opportunity to represent Pakistan internationally. The semi-finalists of UTH 2015 will be decided by the end of November with the final 6 teams competing for a chance to represent Pakistan at the global finale in London.

Rs204.8b released under PSDP

ISLAMABAD (APP): The govt has released over Rs204.831b for different social sector developmental projects under PSDP 2015-16 as against the total allocation of Rs700b. Govt has released Rs18.691b for Higher Education Commission as compared to the total allocation of Rs31.100b for the year 2015-16. Under development programme, Rs27.783b has been released for infrastructure development projects under National Highway Authority (NHA) as compared to the total allocation of Rs. 159 billion for FY 2015-16. Meanwhile, a sum of Rs.33.484 billion has released for Water and Power Development Authority (WAPDA) power sector projects as against the total allocation of Rs 112.288 billion for current fiscal year to overcome the shortage of energy in the country.

So far, the government has released Rs 5.917 billion for different projects of Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission as against the total allocation of Rs 30.408 billion for fiscal year 2015-16.

Subsidy of agri-machinery

MULTAN (APP): Punjab government has sought applications for the provision of agriculture machinery at subsidized rates to farmers and earmarked Rs 1183.6 million for this purpose. Assistant director information agriculture Naveed Asmat Kohloon said, the Punjab government was highly interested in promotion of mechanized farming as it helped farmers to enhance crops yield and improve their financial condition. The department will offer subsidy on Rotavator, disc plough, sugarcane ridgier, cane toka, Nozzle Hollow cone, disc harrow, Rabi drill and some other machinery. A farmer should have at least 6 acres agriculture land for achieving big machineries. The agriculture instruments would be given at village, and union council levels.

One member of a family could submit application. The applicants should have tractor of 50 Horse-Power also.

The beneficiaries would not be allowed to sale machines till two years. The farmers could avail forms from office of district officer agriculture, free of cost. The photo copy of the forms would be acceptable. A committee would scrutinize the applications.

The spokesman urged farmers to submit applications by November 30. The draw for successful candidate would be held on December 24, however the provision of machines would begin from January 20, 2016.

In district Multan, the government would offer Rs 13.5 million subsidy on the provision of agri-tools at 64 rural union councils.