KARACHI: The Provincial Apprenticeship Bill, which will allow youngsters, transgender people and prisoners to get vocational training in the province, will be passed in the next Sindh Assembly session, decided officials during a meeting of the Sindh Technical Education and Vocational Training Authority (STEVTA) on Wednesday. Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah chaired the meeting, which took place at the Chief Minister House.
Officials also approved the allocation of Rs1.347 billion in non development funding, and Rs1.2 billion in development funding for STEVTA for the 2012-13 fiscal.
A Technical Vocational University would be established at Hyderabad, which would train nearly 100,000 students. STEVTA managing director Hafeezullah Abbasi informed the meeting that five regional directorates have been established in Karachi, Hyderabad, Mirpurkhas, Sukkur and Larkana. Meanwhile, seven projects, including the Shaheen Vocational Training Institute in Nawabshah, Petroleum Technical Training Institute in Khairpur, Community College and Polytechnic Institute in Naushero Feroze and the Polytechnic Institute for Girls in Sukkur, have been completed.
Abbasi added that work on the Karachi Vocational Training Institute in Korangi, Institute of Petroleum and Gas Technology in Badin, Vocational Training Institute for Deaf Children in Nawabshah, and Thar Coal Mining Institute in Mithi was in progress.
“The Hunarmand Khushhal Sindh Programme is being initiated at a cost of Rs280 million, while the World Bank has agreed to provide $6 million to STEVTA for the Sindh Skill Development Project,” said Abbasi.
Meanwhile, 440 candidates will be enrolled in diploma programmes in engineering.
Abbasi acknowledged that the International Labour Organisation and the European Union’s Reform Support Programme were helping STEVTA initiate training programmes for transgender people and for deaf Children.
Published in The Express Tribune, July 12th, 2012.