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15
September 2006

Diploma courses in Telecom: Telenor, Nokia, Siemens hold seminar with TEVTA

Lahore - September 15, 2006: Technical Education and Vocational Training Authority in collaboration with Telenor Pakistan, Nokia and Siemens organized a professional cum educational seminar to mark the start of their joint initiative Telecom Futures. Minister for Information Technology Punjab Abdul Aleem presided over the seminar. Chairman TEVTA, General Manager (F&A) TEVTA, Senior Official of Punjab, senior management of all three cellular companies and a large number of FSc pass students attended the seminar.

Minister for Information Technology Punjab Abdul Aleem appreciated the concept of collaboration of academia and industry for training of required technical workforce, specifically for growing the telecom sector. The minister expressed his desire to strengthen and encouraged the process of counseling and guidance of students after matriculation and FSc examinations. He supported the efforts of TEVTA for training of semi-skilled workers for alleviation of poverty and empowerment of poor rural youth.

In the Seminar General Manager Operations TEVTA Tanveer A. Zafar explained the mission of TEVTA to offer demand driven training courses in collaboration with the industry employers and to arrange skill training courses to provide jobs to poor youth of the rural areas. On fast track basis TEVTA is presently providing skill training to 100,000 poor young persons through special training programs. He stressed the need for proper counselling and guidance of matric and FSc pass-outs for selection of appropriate career according to the need of the job market and capabilities of the student.

Zafar stated that this is the era of telecommunication and information technology. Telecommunication sector is developing in the country at a much faster rate than other sectors of the economy. He advised the FSc pre-engineering students who could not get admission in engineering colleges to join HND Telecommunication technology course started at Government College of Technology, Raiwind Road, Lahore and Government Polytechnic Institute Attock, instead of joining aimless general education.

Shedding light on Telenor Pakistan role in the joint initiative, Director Operations and Maintenance Telenor Pakistan Atiq Ahmed 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. Our aim is to build on TEVTA Higher National Diploma in Telecom by aligning curriculum with industry expectations, providing advanced trainings and rewards to teachers, hands-on training of students, sharing specialized equipment with students, and offering internships or jobs to suitable diploma holders. We consider the development of Human Resource with the right skill set critical to the industries growth plan and development?

General Manager (Academics) TEVTA explained the process of development of Curricula for HND course with the assistance of experts of industry, professors of engineering universities and senior teachers of technical colleges. He stated that in between each semester there will be on the job practical training in industry. On the completion of training course the students will be having strong back ground of science, communication skills and mathematics in addition to exposure to industrial environment and practices.

This seminar was held in accordance with an agreement signed between TEVTA and the industry leaders in June, 2006. As per the agreement TEVTA will provide their training institution, along with qualified teaching staff and equipment for HND in Telecommunication and the cellular companies will provide advanced trainings and rewards to teachers, sharing specialized equipment with students, hands-on technical experience and offering internships or jobs to suitable diploma holders.

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 100 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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