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National Skills Strategy (2008-13) approved

ISLAMABAD: 4th Meeting of the Board of Directors of National Vocational & Technical Education Commission (NAVTEC) was held at the Prime Minister’s Secretariat. Chairman, NAVTEC, Mr. Adnan A. Khawaja, presided over the meeting. During its 6-hour long session, the Board deliberated upon a heavy agenda of 38 items and took necessary decisions.

The meeting on Monday approved the “National Skills Strategy (2008-13)”. It is a comprehensive well thought out, widely shared consensus based document developed for implementation of NAVTEC mandate. T

he Strategy was developed after studying International TVET systems and consultation with the donor agencies in Pakistan. ILO provided technical assistance in the shape of a consultant on strategy development. The vision for this strategy is “Skills for employability, skills for all”. The Board constituted a Committee under the chairmanship of Chairman, NAVTEC to finalize the NAVTEC Service Rules and Regulations.

The meeting also deliberated upon a number of development projects to incur expenditure on skill competition at the four provincial capitals and Islamabad and Mobile Training Programmes and approved the proposals. The Board also approved the projects submitted by the Punjab Rangers and 4 Corps, Lahore. Through all these projects, thousands of unskilled youth will be trained in various technical disciplines.

Board also discussed and approved Small Grants Programme. The amount will be spent on various programmes submitted by the partner institutes.

The Chairman and public sector members of the Board greatly appreciated the contribution made by the private sector members to make today’s meeting result-oriented and fruitful. They expressed the confidence that collaboration between private and public sectors would be more closer in the times to come to make the Prime Minister‘s “Hunarmand Pakistan Programme” a big success.

There was a consensus in the meeting that skilled manpower was absolutely essential for economic and industrial development of the country. During the meeting, approval has also been given to the minutes of the 3rd Meeting of the Board of Directors, held on 16.02.2009

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