PESHAWAR  - The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government has established a new autonomous organisation Technical Education and Vocational Training Authority (TEVTA) for promotion of technical and vocational education in the province.

Known industrialist Engineer Nauman Wazir has been appointed as its chairman while other members of the Board of Directors have also been named. The Employment Exchange has also been made subservient to the new authority, while the directorate of public sector institutes of technical education and manpower has been abolished and its powers and employees will be transferred to the new authority.

For this purpose, directives have been issued for finalisation of legislation in this regard till August 8, 2014. The authority will take over the arrangements of more than 73 institutions of technical education with immediate effect and from September 1 it in collaboration with new management will start new classes of the technical education throughout the province. The decisions in this regard were taken in a meeting held here at the CM Secretariat with Chief Minister Pervez Khattak in the chair.

On this occasion, the maiden meeting of the Board of Directors of TEVTA was also held and necessary decisions were taken after detailed review of the 16 points agenda of the board.

Besides, administrative secretaries and higher authorities of the departments of finance, law, industries, labour, secondary and higher education, vice chancellor, University of Engineering & Technology (UET) Syed Imtiaz Hussain Gilani, Principal Secretary to CM Muhammad Ishfaq Khan, President KPCCI Zahidullah Shinwari, former presidents KPCCI and industrialists, Donors Coordinator & Chairman CM Complaints Cell Haji Dilroz Khan and technical experts attended.

Speaking on the occasion, the chief minister said that real change required time, dedication and untiring struggle, pledging his government would accomplish its target of development and mission of change at any cost.  The chief minister said that on economic front he has fixed two clear targets for production of cheap electricity and quality technical education, which would result in return of the lost industrial attraction and could generate maximum employment opportunities in the province.

He said that unfortunately despite heavy expenses the technical education sector in the province is dwindling and neither the graduates of the technical institutions do not have any recognition nor any industry is ready for extending them employment.

On the other hand, he said, the performance of donor agencies getting high mark-up loans in the name of technical education is also zero. "These agencies used to spend their all funds only on their staff, offices and vehicles and neither our youth nor poor took benefit of them," he added.  However, he made it clear that the PTI-led coalition government will not allow such practice further.

He said that they will not only improve the performance of their departments and institutions but will also accept the foreign assistance on the condition of their utilisation in transparent manner and achievement of the targets.

He said that in past these institutes spent billions of rupees on education and heath sectors but the result is also zero. However, the rulers along with tall claims and targets also received briefing.

He expressed the hope that besides provision of employment to skilled youth in domestic and foreign market, the KP TEVTA will also convert these technical institutes and employment exchange into the centres of employment in real sense.