Women must be provided opportunities to contribute in national development: Shafqat

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Zubair Qureshi

The National Vocational & Technical Training Commission (NAVTTC) is making commendable efforts by improving the infrastructure of the institute and imparting quality skills to the women hailing from less developed areas of the country.

Federal Minister for Education & Professional Training, Shafqat Mahmood said this on Wednesday during visit of the Govt Polytechnic Institute for Women.

Chairman NAVTTC Syed Javed Hassan welcomed the Minister and a detailed presentation on the Govt. Polytechnic Institute for Women (GPIW) was given to the Minister by the Executive Director NAVTTC Dr. Nasir Khan.

Shafqat Mahmood appreciated NAVTTC’s efforts in improving the infrastructure of the institute and imparting quality skills to the women hailing from less developed areas of the country.

The Federal Minister emphasized that women represent more than half of our population and they must be provided opportunities to contribute in national development which is possible through launching marketable skill development programs for them.

The Minister reiterated that efforts must be made to transform GPIW into a state of the art center of excellence and assured full support for this.

He emphasized the need to form Alumni network of the students who have completed their trainings to maintain the data of their employment as the main focus of the training programmes is to enable the women to get employed in national and international job markets.

Minister also visited various labs of the institute and assured full support for their up-gradation according to the challenges of emerging technologies and international standards.

Earlier, the Minister was apprised that enrolment of students in GPIW has been enhanced from 200 to more than 600 candidates and most of the candidates hail from remote areas such as Gilgit, Chitral, Bahawalpur, Kohat etc.

Moreover they are provided free of cost hostel facility within the institute. GPIW is providing trainings facilities to Pakistani female students in demand driven and emerging technologies such as cyber security, graphic designing, Microsoft office applications, industrial stitching etc.

Further, he was informed that NAVTTC was planning for the international accreditation of the institute and is establishing a Job Placement and Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) center in the institute.