KARACHI: The opening of a telecommunications laboratory at the Government College of Technology, Raiwind, Lahore on Friday brought the promise of an exciting future in the sector for young Pakistani and signaled the strengthening of the “Telecoms Futures” partnership between industry and technical education.
During a ceremony at the Institute, Weqar ul Islam, Nokia Siemens Networks Country Director for Pakistan & Afghanistan, Irfan Wahab Khan, Executive Vice President Telenor Pakistan and Muhammad Arshad Bhatti, Secretary Technical & Vocational Training Authority (TEVTA) cut the ribbon to inaugurate the program’s first telecommunications lab. This new milestone comes after the successful launch of the Telecom Futures program at TEVTA’s Lahore campus.
The Telecom Futures program, initiated by Telenor Pakistan in partnership with Nokia Siemens Networks and TEVTA provides a 2-year higher national diploma based on an advanced curriculum, scholarships, hands-on-training and internship opportunities to students. It is the first industry-academia collaboration in telecommunications in Pakistan aimed at developing human resources from deprived backgrounds.
Weqar ul Islam said, “The Telecom Futures program is an exemplary industry-academia partnership in the telecommunications sector that is helping to create real opportunities for Pakistani youth. This year the telecoms industry in Pakistan has taken significant steps forward in terms of technology investments as well as contributing towards the community in the country.”Our intention is assisting academia to achieve the objective of enabling and assisting students by offering them internships, developing curriculum, facilitating technical visits on sites for students,” continued Weqar Ul Islam.
Commenting on the launch, Executive Vice President Telenor Pakistan Irfan Wahab Khan said: “Telenor Pakistan realizes that technical and vocational training institutes are critical to harnessing and developing the talents of people from all backgrounds, not least because we recognize there is a huge potential in this area. The Telecom Futures program will build on TEVTA’s Higher National Diploma in Telecom by aligning curriculum to industry expectations, providing advanced training and rewards to teachers, sharing specialized equipment with students, and offering internships or jobs to suitable diploma holders.
“At the end, what we want to create is a scalable model for implementation, an education and training model that improves the opportunities for local people, and increases the employability of vocational diploma holders. We hope the project will bring real hope to the local youth and help them get their fair share from the Telecom Promise.” Four deserving HND diploma students will be interning with Telenor Pakistan & Nokia Siemens Networks this summer as part of the Telecom Futures program.
Muhammad Arshad Bhatti, Secretary TEVTA said he was excited at the development potential in this new phase of Telecom Futures, “With tremendous telecoms growth and an exceptional pool of talent within the country, the Telecom Futures program will help to increase local skill-sets and diminish our reliance on the ex-pat labour market. We are hopeful that along with providing on the job training to students, this initiative will lead to better employment opportunities to deserving diploma holders from all backgrounds.”
Telenor Pakistan, Nokia Siemens Networks and TEVTA first launched Telecom Futures in Raiwind-Lahore on 30th June, 2006. The HND Programme was launched by TEVTA under the supervision of Mohsin M. Syed, Member Board TEVTA and President Board of Management TEVTA.-SANA