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 greatly appreciated.

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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.

Speaking 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.

Vice 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.

Held 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 Policy.

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.

"Youth 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.

Youth 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 September 30.

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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