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Telenor, Nokia, Siemens launch Telecom Futures with TEVTA

Telenor, Nokia, Siemens launch Telecom Futures with TEVTA
Islamabad: Saturday, July 1, 2006 With tremendous telecom growth and an exceptional pool of potential talent within the country, the Telecom Futures program will help in reducing skill set deficiency and expat-reliance in the market. Such a program was the need of the hour, and both the Government of Pakistan and the Government of Punjab appreciates Telenor, Nokia and Siemens for taking the initiative through collaboration with the training authority, TEVTA said Khalid Mahmood, Chairman TEVTA at the launch event of Telecom Futures. The initiative, which is part of the community development efforts of the industrial partners, is first of its kind in the industry. The program is aimed at developing advanced human resource in the telecommunication industry through industry-academia collaboration in the areas of curriculum, trainings, and hands-on technical experience.

Giving details of the joint initiative, Telenor Pakistan CEO Tore Johnsen, said, Telenor and its partners realize that vocational training institutes are building human capital from the lower socioeconomic classes and there is a huge opportunity and potential to help them get their fair share from the Telecom Promise. The Telecom Futures program will build on TEVTA Higher National Diploma in Telecom by aligning curriculum with industry expectations, providing advanced trainings 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 level of human resource created locally, and increases the employability of vocational diploma holders.

Shedding light on Nokia participation, Veqar-ul-Islam, Country Director Networks Nokia said: Nokia is strongly committed to developing the Telecom Sector in Pakistan, and has been working relentlessly in this direction. We believe very strongly that the industry needs to sustain the current growth rate it is experiencing by investing in the development of an International Human Resource standard. The collaboration between academia and the industry in the areas of curriculum, training, and hands-on technical experience is indeed a further step in the right direction.

Nokia's support to this initiative follows our earlier announcement to set up the first ever Telecom Expertise Facility in Pakistan - aimed at fast and cost-efficient deployment of technology on a live network to develop the competence and efficiency of all involved personnel “ and turning Pakistan into a center of expertise for the Middle East and Africa region where training of local talents will take place.. These initiatives are in line with Nokia ongoing commitment to play an important role in the development of telecom professionals in this region, added Veqar.

Parvez Iftikhar, Executive Director Communication Siemens Pakistan, elaborating Siemens role said that Siemens has always been in the forefront of Technology transfer to the country and has an unmatchable proven track record of more than 50 years. Thousands of Hardware/Software engineers and technicians have been trained not just as part of projects but also in SAP Academy and as part of Apprentice Training Programs in Siemens Power Engineering Factory in Karachi plus Telecom Joint Ventures TIP Haripur and CTI Islamabad. Siemens has all the intentions to continue this service to the country.

It is indeed heartwarming to see that public and private sector collaborating in curriculum development, implementation and monitoring to sustain rapid growth in the Telecom industry, said Chairman Punjab Industrial Estates and President, Board of Management, TEVTA, Mohsin M Syed. We are also hopeful that along with providing on the job training to students, the telecom sector would also be able to provide employment opportunities to deserving diploma holders from the lower income group. I would also acknowledge the appreciation schemes by the stakeholders for the instructor and teachers who are the most important link in the project, he further added.

The President Board and Management Lahore District Mr. Mohsin Syed coordinated between the telecom sector and TEVTA management for bringing the telecom industry partnership on board; for the whole project, especially for on job training of the master trainers as well as the students.

Technical Education and Vocational Training Authority (TEVTA) is managing 402 technical Institutions spread all over Punjab and providing technical, vocational and commerce education to approximately 100,000 students both male and female in Pakistan.

The Telenor group is an international provider of high quality telecommunications, data and media communication services. Telenor ranks as one of the biggest GSM service providers in the world with over 90 million subscribers. Telenor Pakistan is 100% owned by Telenor ASA and adds on to its operations in Asia together with Thailand, Malaysia and Bangladesh.

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