Punjab’s Technical Education and Vocational Training Authority (TEVTA) Chairman Irfan Qaiser Sheikh says he wants cooperation from the United States in English Language training, livestock, and agriculture sector of the province– Pakistan’s largest province having the fastest growing economy in the country.
He said this while speaking to US Consul General in Punjab capital Lahore, Elizabeth Kennedy Trudeau at the TEVTA Secretariat on Wednesday. US Consul General Political and Economic Section Chief Ann L Mason and TEVTA officials were also present on the occasion.
Sheikh explained that TEVTA needed expertise and master trainers from US. “We want training opportunities for our students in American industries,” he said.
Sheikh said TEVTA Punjab wanted to start an English language course, in collaboration with the US for 1,000 students. “Therefore, US Consul General Lahore’s support is required as it would benefit the youth of Punjab to become the real power of our country,” he added. “The number of students in the English language course would be increased in the coming years,” the chairman continued.
He said the youth were the future builders of the country and there was a dire need to teach them foreign languages. Qaiser said TEVTA’s Chinese language course was already running successfully. “Last month, an organization had shown interest to start a Turkish language course with TEVTA, he said.
Qaiser said TEVTA had increased the number of apprenticeship for its students from 3,000 to 71,000. “In the next four years, these numbers would be increased to 200,000.”
“During the apprenticeship period, a student was provided up to Rs7,000, besides training in the industry, followed by a job offer,” Sheikh added.
TEVTA has also signed number of agreements with world leading training providers and head hunters to better and augment its technical education and vocational training programs.
Irfan said TEVTA had also constituted Pakistan’s only Blue Pottery Institute in Multan. He further informed the US Consul General that TEVTA had already been working in collaboration with Japan and Turkey in several fields.
US Consul General Elezabeth Kennedy observed that the US was also interested in working with TEVTA as it would strengthen relations with Pakistan. She added America would also work with Turkish, Japanese and German organizations in Pakistan to increase quality.
TEVTA units exist in all provinces of Pakistan and operate independently while cooperating and coordinating their activities.