LAHORE - Federal Secretary Ministry of Production Sajjad Saleem Hotiana has emphasised upon the Technology Upgradation and Skill Development Company (TUSDEC) to work on new and innovative projects relevant to the transmutation of contemporary technology. He commended TUSDEC strategic commitments and directed to strengthen the stream of efforts further ahead to make it an apex platform for knowledge management.

He was speaking at the 31st board meeting of the company here on Friday. TUSDEC briefed the Secretary Ministry of Production about the company’s vision and its accomplishments over the years of its establishment, company’s spokesperson shared. Khalid Kifah, GM SMEDA, and Basit Maqsood Abbasi, CEO TUSDEC, attended the meeting alongside the top management of the company. The session was instigated with a brief presentation on TUSDEC projects in the pipeline and the broad-brimming array of those implemented by the company since its incorporation.

Secretary endorsed TUSDEC initiatives of TVET sector reform with notable international donors under implementation in KP, FATA, AJK and Sindh. Apprising the company’s venturing towards skill development, the BODs directed the top management to steer its focus more towards planning and implementing various programs of sophisticated technological assistance to support the key and emerging industrial clusters of Pakistan.

The board was then reported on a recently initiated project under which TUSDEC intends to support the solar power industry of Pakistan with the availability of relevant technical workforce; the action was affirmatively recognized by the sojourning authorities. The BODs was also briefed on various sectors identified by TUSDEC R&D to be fostered in terms of common facilitation for technology enhancement and manpower training.

Later on, the board evaluated the company’s performance in the previous year; while assessing it positively the BODs encouraged the company’s management to strive further ahead to sustain its own running capital while augmenting the national economy through its large-scale interventions of technology up-gradation and skill enhancement. Lastly the board was apprised with the company’s business plan FY 2013-14 for that they approved the budget while suggesting few significant strategic ameliorations.

After the session, the Secretary visited CR&DI (Cement Research and Development Institute) and advised the management for the up-gradation of its testing facilities for which the MoP would extend its possible support. BODs also took a round of the NIDA Lahore centre, its state-of-the-art instruction facilities. They appreciated the considerable contribution of NIDA in bridging the digital divide in the sphere of product design and development.