ISLAMABAD: First Rangers Institute of Technical Education (RITE) has been established at the Rangers Headquarters, Lahore, with effect from January, 2009. The RITE to impart technical and vocational training to less educate and unskilled youth, in collaboration with National Vocational & Technical Education commission (NAVTEC), has started its functions.
225 young boys and girls have been admitted in various disciplines in the first NAVTEC – funded course. The 12 disciplines in which they will be imparted 3-month technical education and training include computer, mobile repairing, electrician, carpenter, motor cycle mechanic, nursing, beautification, tailoring, welding, auto electrician, embroidery and dress designing.
Chairman, NAVTEC, Mr. Adnan A. Khawaja paid a visit to RITE to personally witness the youth receiving training in different trades. He went around various labs and saw the training facilities made available at the Institute. Speaking on the occasion, the Chairman said that the present Government accords high priority to technical & vocational training because it can play a pivotal role in economic and material progress of the country.
He said, Pakistan was blessed with a population of 170 million of which youth were in majority in number. “The only thing we need is to give them proper technical training to make them useful citizens of the society”, he added. Later, in a meeting with Director General, Rangers (Punjab), Maj. Gen. Muhammad Yaqoob Khan, the Chairman, NAVTEC, appreciated the training facilities made available in RITE for the trainees.
He hoped that the Institute will not only impart high quality technical & vocational training but also play positive role in personality and character building of the trainees. Gen. Yaqoob informed the Chairman that the students from various parts of the Province have been admitted for training in the first course. In the next course, 10 students each from FATA and Balochistan will also be included for training in the RITE.
Earlier, Commandant, RITE, Col. Ghulam Raza, in his presentation, briefed Chairman, NAVTEC, Mr. Adnan A. Khawaja, about the salient features of the Institute and technical courses offered for training. He said, 434 students had applied for the first batch, out of which 225 have been finally selected for 12 different disciplines. Entire funding of the project will be done through NAVTEC, he added.-SANA