KARACHI: Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah, in light of the education emergency he imposed in the province, has decided to upgrade 10 technical institutions, two in each division to impart good quality education.
He took the decision while presiding over a meeting on Sindh Technical Education and Vocational Training Authority (Stevta) at CM House on Friday. Special Assistant on Stevta Shahid Taheem, Universities and Boards Secretary Naveed Shaikh, Colleges Secretary Riaz Memon, Social Welfare Secretary Niaz Abbasi, IT Secretary Pervaiz Sihar and Stevta Managing Director Rafique Buriro among others attended the meeting.
Buriro told the chief minister that there are 2,800 institutions in the province where technical education and training in different trades are imparted. The chief minister said that in the first phase, he wants to establish 10 state-of-art technical institutes to offer good quality education and produce students who can earn a good name for them and their institution. “These institutions should be like a brand – their name should be enough to get a job or onward enrolment,” he said.
He added that the institutions will be set up in five administrative divisions, Hyderabad, Mirpurkhas, Nawabshah, Sukkur and Larkana – two in each division. He directed the secretary of universities and boards to upgrade the existing institutions by giving them good faculty, job-oriented technical courses and the best facilities.
Promote Chinese language
The chief minister also directed the Stevta administration to introduce Chinese language courses. Under the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) and non-CPEC projects, thousands of Chinese are going to invest in Sindh, which is why Chinese language know-how will turn out to be an additional qualification for jobs.
Published in The Express Tribune, February 11th, 2017.