Technology first: TEVTA to bump up IT students to 60,000

There are 5,000 currently enrolled in a course offered by Microsoft


Our Correspondent June 21, 2017
The chairperson made the announcement while talking to a three-member delegation of British Council at TEVTA Secretariat. PHOTO: NNI

LAHORE: The Technical Education and Vocational Training Authority (TEVTA) is taking on a proactive role in producing qualified individuals to provide employment opportunities to locals, especially with projects like CPEC on the horizon.

The authority announced on Tuesday that it would increase the number of students in IT short courses up to 60,000 across Punjab.

While addressing a meeting of officials, TEVTA Chairman Irfan Qaiser Sheikh said his organization was offering the course in 135 institutes of authority in different districts of Punjab. Around 5,000 students passed out of the first batch and the same number is enrolled in the current one, he said.

Irfan added that among the currently enrolled students, 2,230 out of 5,090 students were women and this amounted to 40% of total enrollment. “Women in our country are excelling in every field and TEVTA is focusing on more enrolment in its all courses,” he said. He added the IT sector had more opportunities and greater salaries for women. Therefore, he urged them to join the TEVTA courses to arm themselves with the necessary skills to progress in the sector. “We will ensure female enrolment up to more than 50%,” he vowed.

He elaborated on further details of the course, saying Microsoft was charging up to $105 dollars per student from TEVTA and now the amount has decreased by $10. Besides, every student will be given a Rs1,000 stipend as per special instructions from Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif.

TEVTA’s vision is to end unemployment in the province. The chairman said it was arming the youth with skills and designing the courses as per market needs. He added it was the only way through which 100% employment could be achieved throughout the province.

“We have also developed a system to find jobs for passing students, according to the level of their learning. The maximum number will be adjusted into the local industry,” he said. Qaiser stated the graduates were working in various sectors such as industrial, production and others.

He also explained that IT training was essential nowadays and nobody could deny its importance.

Published in The Express Tribune, June 21st, 2017.

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