ISLAMABAD - Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif yesterday directed the Ministry of Federal Education and Professional Training to immediately consider the feasibility of setting up a National Skills University in Islamabad to meet the shortage of skilled human resource at all levels.

According to the details provided by the Prime Minister’s media office, under the umbrella of National Skills University, skills development centres in major industrial clusters like Karachi, Hyderabad, Quetta, Gwadar, Multan, Peshawar, Kohat, Lahore, Gujranwala, Sialkot, Faisalabad and other developing industrial zones could be set up subsequently or simultaneously.

For determining the areas of skill development, a broad and comprehensive exercise should be undertaken with representatives of Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FPCCI) and organizations of all the major export sectors.

The Prime Minister observed that development of skilled human resource was prerequisite for transition of middle income economy into high income group with equitable resource distribution as an inherent output. He further observed that the quality of skill development was also a major limitation which was affecting the competitiveness of Pakistan’s export industry.

It was, therefore, imperative that a well-coordinated exercise should be undertaken for skill development of workers of all categories and capacities across the country, he added.

The job market in Pakistan repeatedly faces shortage of skilled human resource at various levels for which a number of attempts have been made by the government and various organizations to bridge the gap.

However, it remains a fact that availability of properly trained skilled workers in most of the development sectors is a major challenge.