LAHORE Skilled labour force is vital for the development of any country. There is dire need to plan that how many people are required in any specific field instead of producing only graduates and masters. Pakistani educational institutions are producing graduates and masters while there is need of vocational and technical education. This was the upshot of the speakers at Aiwan-e-Waqt forum held under the auspices of TheNation, Nawa-i-Wqat and Waqt News on Tuesday. The programme was hosted by Saifullah Sipra. On the occasion, Punjab Vocational Training Council Chairman Faisal Ijaz Khan, PVTC MD Sajid Naseer Khan, PVTC Deputy Manager Technical Shafqat-ur-Rahman and PVTC Head of Public Relations and Marketing Bushra Nawaz addressed. The speakers said PVTC was providing education to student according to the need of the industry. They said the students qualified from PVTC did not need to beg jobs as they had been trained according need of the industry. They further said that PVTC produced more than 45,000 skilled labour force every year. On the occasion, Faisal Ijaz Khan said PVTC was the only institution of Muslim world which was providing education and training to 45,000 students in 44 different trades. He said Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif planed to extend the vocational institutions in more 41 tehsils of the province. He said more 8,200 students could be benefited by these institutions every year. He said the council always stressed upon vocational education so the need of the indigenous industry could be fulfilled. He said they had a proper mechanism to enhance the syllabus according to the need. Sajid Naseer Khan said that the basic purpose of the council was to help out the poor families. He said PVTC depended upon Zakaat funds so the philanthropists should come forward for the good cause. He said PVTC had trained more than 150,000 students and now they were helping their families. He said countrys industry could not provide employment to all students, so PVTC had designed its curriculum which benefited student to start their own business. He said Punjab CM also allocated Rs one billion interest free loans for the students who wanted to start their own business. Shafqat-ur-Rahman said that only skilled workforce could put the country on the path of progress. He said Shahbaz Sharif initiated Vocational Training Council in 1998 with the vision to produce skilled workforce for indigenous industry. Bushra Nawaz said that technical education was aimed at to provide the student honourable employment. She said Pakistan was the country of huge population wherein unemployment was increasing day by day. But, she said, if the youth was trained in a way to meet the need of the industry, huge population could be helpful for the development of the country. She said PVTC offered different programmes including electrician, beautician, mechanic and others.