First ever Public Sector University for technical and vocational education will be set up in the country very soon. National Skills University will be established in Islamabad in a few months time.
This was announced by Minister of State for Federal Education and Professional Training, Engr. Muhammad Baligh ur Rehman at the Inauguration Ceremony of Al-Farabi Technical and Vocational Training Centre in Nilore, here on Thursday.
Speaking on the occasion, Minister also said that technical and vocational education is as important for society as conventional education. He said that a properly trained person will not only help himself in terms of getting better employment opportunities and ensuring safe work but the society will also benefit from his skills and efficiency. “Focus on technical and vocational education will not only improve individual performance but also increase our National Productivity”, he emphasized.
“Both boys and girls should have opportunities to get vocational education and hence become productive members of the society”, he said.
Minister said that besides formal education, teachers should also inculcate positive thinking in students, train them for teamwork and teach them ethical conduct. “Character building and ethical grooming is even more important than formal education; we need to harness the talent of our young population for useful purposes, make them life-long learners and contributors for well being of society”, he said.
On Public-Private partnership he said that such ventures have helped increase efficiency and accessibility in education sector. “Prime Minister’s Education Reform Program is in full swing; under the program government schools operating in the capital are being upgraded with modern infrastructure and facilities” , he said.
The model training centre in Nilore has been established under Public-Private Partnership Program by Al-Farabi Islamic School and Degree College in collaboration with National Education Foundation (NEF).