Italy to promote technical vocational education
Italy to provide 20 million Euro to promote TVET
Islamabad, Sep 29: Italian Government will provide a soft loan of 20 million Euros to
Pakistan for promoting Technical and Vocational Education Training
(TVET) sector in Pakistan.
This was informed by the visiting
delegation of Italy, headed by Ms. mma Gori which met with Chairman,
National Vocational and Technical Education Commission (Navtec), Adnan
A Khawja at his office in the Prime Minister's Secretariat, here on
Saturday. Member, Navtec Board, Aamir Manoor, Executive Director
Navtec, Muhammad Athar Tahir and Director General (Planning) of the
Commission, Muhammad Riaz were also present during the meeting, says a
statement issued here today.
During the meeting, the
establishment of a Centre of Excellence in marble sector, with Italian
assistance, in the Marble City (Risalpur) and upgradation of various
other technical institutes in various fields at the Frontier Province
came under discussion.
The Navtec chairman said that Pakistan
wants to take advantage of the Italy's long and rich experience in
marble sector and, therefore, it's technical and financial help to
establish Centre of Excellence and upgradation of institutes will be
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RCCI trust to provide free healthcare, education
Rawalpindi: Rawalpindi Chamber of Commerce & Industry (RCCI) will set up a
trust with an aim to provide free of cost healthcare and educational
facilities to deserving people. The decision to this effect was taken
at the 10th meeting of RCCI Executive Committee that was held under the
chairmanship of President RCCI Syed Asad Mashadi here Monday.
on the occasion, the RCCI president said the traders' community is
fully alive to the hardships and grievances of the downtrodden segments
of society and would extend maximum help to provide them relief in
health and education sectors. He said everyone has a right to earn
money but it is also necessary to facilitate those people of society
who lack financial resources to make both ends meet.
President RCCI Imtiaz Chaudhry said the trust would certainly help
provide much needed help to poor people, and traders should come up
with generous donations to make this initiative a big success. "We
should keep in mind that the poor are part of our society and also have
the right to enjoy the basic needs of life including proper education
and healthcare facilities," he said.
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Project of youth activity centre approved
Islamabad: To make sure that the project of Youth Activity Centre gets
approved by the Planning Commission in its next sitting in December,
the Ministry of Youth Affairs plans to finalise the specifications of
the centres by the end of October.
A source in the Ministry of
Youth Affairs (MoYA) said that the ministry had conducted
four consultative meetings with all stakeholders in the past few months
to discuss the implementation of the National Youth Policy.
in Lahore, Karachi, Peshawar and Islamabad, these meetings were
organised by UNFPA that is coordinating with the ministry these days to
streamline its efforts to implement 14 main points of the National
Youth Policy in letter and spirit. UNFPA is also assisting the Ministry
of Youth Affairs to design project proposals in line with the Youth
Sharing some of the observations made in those meetings,
the source said that all stakeholders believed that basic issue that
required utmost attention was to create employment or other income
generation opportunities for youth at grassroots level.
Activity Centres top the lists of projects discussed in those meetings
and all stakeholders gave their feedback over the project that is aimed
at engaging youth in positive activities," he said.
Activity Centres form part of sports and recreational facilities to be
created by the government under National Youth Policy but according to
new plans, the facility will also provide career counselling to its
members. Other than that, it will have indoor games, gym, and library
and Internet facilities.
Initially, the ministry proposed
separate centres for girls as these facilities are planned to be
created in rural areas on priority basis where girls are usually not
allowed to mingle with boys. The source said that the idea had been
dropped for the time being. "To start with, timings for boys and girls
will be different," he said adding that creating separate facility in
future would depend on availability of funds.
The Youth Activity
Centres will be established at the district level in government
buildings that are not in use. The ministry will coordinate with the
district government to acquire the buildings and will also provide for
necessary infrastructure whereas the centres will be run by local NGOs
with the help of communities.
In addition to engaging youth in
positive activities, the project is aimed at providing opportunities to
youth living in remote areas to groom their abilities. Once the project
is approved by the Planning Commission, the ministry officials will
visit provincial capitals to gather information on spare buildings.
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Chinese students of IIU to hold photo exhibition
Islamabad: The Chinese Muslim Student Union of International Islamic University,
(IIU) is holding a photo exhibition entitled `Glorious China' here on
The event would be organized at H-10 campus of the
university, where Chinese Ambassador to Pakistan would be the chief
guest. Meanwhile, the university has published a research magazine of
its Urdu Department with the title of `Mayar' in an effort to explore
new dimensions of knowledge.
Based on 432 pages, the magazine
comprises writings on literature by eminent scholars from Pakistan,
India and America. According to a statement issued here Monday, the
magazine is one of its kind in the university's history regarding Urdu
literature. Rector Professor Fateh Muhammad Malik is the Chief
Supervisor of the magazine while IIU President Professor Anwar Hussain
Siddiqui is the Supervisor. The news
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