Lease of Tevta institutes opposed
LAYYAH, Aug 20: Poly-technical institute staff welfare association
president Allah Bux has opposed leasing out Tevta institutions to what he said
inefficient and incompetent private managements.
Reports said the
technical education and vocational training authority (Tevta) general manager
(operations) had run advertisements in July in national dailies inviting
expression of interests (EoIs) for handing over administrative control of some
of the institutions to private parties like companies, chambers of commerce and
other reputed organisations.
Layyah poly-technical institute staff
welfare association president Allah Bux said they would launch a protest
movement if the move was not withdrawn.
"They are already hoisting black
flags on some of the institutions as a mark of protest," he
Prominent educationist Chaudhry Akram Javaid told this
correspondent that by leasing out Tevta institutions to private parties,
technical education would become expensive and talented students of middle and
poor classes would not be able to continue studies especially in the southern
Punjab where the income of the masses is lower than other parts of the
Tevta is imparting technical education and vocational training
through its network of institutions like colleges of technology, commerce
colleges, vocational training institutes and commercial training centres in
various parts of Punjab.
The Layyah poly-technical institute had been
established on 40 acres of land in the heart of the city in 1960 with the aid of
Swedish government. Initially mechanical and electrical diploma courses were
started and later civil and electronics diploma introduced. The institute is
also providing training to jobless youth through different technical short
courses for establishing their own business.
At present 700 students have
been enrolled on merit and self-finance basis in different technologies. About
300 youths are being trained in different technical trades. As many as 54
teachers and 91 non-teaching staff are performing duties in the institute. Dawn