PESHAWAR - The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government has ordered constitution of Institution Management Committees for all 67 technical and vocational training institutes of the province, its chief minister said yesterday.

Chief Minister Pervez Khattak also assured to withdraw recent amendment in the Universities Act that waived off requirement / condition of domicile for admission in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa universities.

He also directed that establishment of new technical education universities will be considered only on need basis in future instead of mere political recommendations.

He asked concerned authorities to review prospects for setting up of an engineering and technology university in Malakand division.

He was presiding over the second meeting of the Board of Directors of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Technical and Vocational Training Authority (TEVTA) at CM Secretariat, which also approved 507 million rupees for 12 projects to be launched in different technical education institutes and another amount of Rs 85.96 million for establishment of TEVTA Secretariat.

Besides other affairs, the meeting also considered repair of training machinery and equipments, second shift arrangements, rules and regulations of TEVTA, recruitment of instructors for TEVTA institutions and handing over of remaining three institutes to Pakistan Air Force for training purposes.

He took important decisions to further empower the newly born authority for arranging and imparting quality technical education to youth of the province in an independent manner.

The board also approved recruitment of 180 technical education instructors as well as refurbishing of the training aids including heavy machinery and equipment etc.

The chief minister directed to complete the process of hiring of the teachers and repair of the machinery within two months.

He stressed that TEVTA must accomplish its prime responsibility for imparting latest technical education and skills in the trades that are required by international job market.

He added that the provincial government was even ready to pay for expensive internationally recognized certification for this purpose in larger interest of the youth of the province.

He directed that measures for ensuring safe and bright career for youth of the province, especially those related to poor and down trodden segments of society, should be given top priority.

He asked TEVTA to ensure conversion of all technical and vocational education institutes into model institutions and provide equal standard and facilities therein.

The chief minister on this occasion termed the disclosure ridiculous that evening shift in government technical education institutions was being conducted from 11.00am to 02.00pm.

He therefore ordered to start the second shift from 02.00pm through 6.00pm and asked TEVTA to arrange separate teachers for such shift.

He also directed for early handing over of the remaining three technical and vocational training institutes to Pakistan Air Force for management and education purposes.