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January 1970

Telenor Pakistan extends Telecom Futures program for Youth to DG Khan

DG Khan: Monday December 10, 2007: Minister for Industries Punjab Khawaja Muhammad Jalal-ud-Din has called the expansion of Telenor Pakistans Telecom Futures program to DG Khan a promising opportunity for the youth of the local community.?
The Telecom Futures program initiated by Telenor Pakistan in partnership with Nokia Siemens Networks and Technical & Vocational Training Authority (TEVTA) provides a 2-years higher national diploma based on advanced curriculum, training, scholarships, hands-on-training and internship opportunities to deserving students. It is the first industry-academia collaboration in telecommunications aimed at developing human resources from lower socio-economic classes. The program has been successfully launched in Lahore and Attock.
As a model program, if implemented and expanded with genuine commitment, Telenor Pakistans Telecom Futures will InshaAllah help develop a strong human resources base in the field of telecommunication, delete reliance on expensive expatriate resources, and enable local youth to generate income for themselves and their families,? said Minister for Industries Khawaja Muhammad Jalal-ud-Din in a special message sent out at the launch ceremony of Telecom Futures in DG Khan.
Present at the launching ceremony, the Guest of Honor, former Federal Minister for IT and Telecommunication Awais Ahmed Khan Leghari, said: In the last few years, governments investment-friendly policies facilitated one of the most dynamic and fastest growing telecom markets in the world. However, there still remains huge potential for building human capital from the lower socioeconomic classes through vocational education. I hope Telenor Pakistans Telecom Futures program will keep expanding for the good of the Pakistani youth.?
Highlighting the need for human resource development through vocational training, EVP Corporate and Regulatory Affairs Telenor Pakistan Irfan Wahab Khan said, Despite Telecom sectors tremendous growth, there is a great need to develop human resource in telecom at the grass-roots level through innovative and industry-led community support initiatives. With the Telecom Futures program we want to create 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.?
Chairman TEVTA Khalid Mahmood told the audience that TEVTA was offering HND programs in mechatronics, mechanical, chemical and electronics technologies select technical colleges in the province of the Punjab. These courses are of two years duration with an intake qualification of F.Sc (pre engineering) or DAE in respective technologies. He further added, Introduction of two years HND classes in telecom at Govt. Institute of Technology (GIT) in DG Khan is another step toward public-private partnership to promote technical education in the province of the Punjab.?
Syed Veqar-ul-Islam, Country Director Nokia Siemens Networks Pakistan and Afghanistan sent in a message which was read out by Saquib Ahmed, Senior Account Manager NSN. The message read, According to the recent Competitiveness Report on Pakistan, the country needs vocational training to boost economic growth. Nokia Siemens Networks collaboration with TEVTA is a supportive effort in helping youth at the base of the pyramid by bridging the gap between the industry and the academia. Through this program, the company is assisting academia by offering on site technical training to students and providing them lab equipment and internships, in addition to developing the curriculum and many other ways of moving forward.?
President Board of Management TEVTA Mr. Mohsin Syed also spoke at the event. The audience comprised of local media, TEVTA students, teachers, staff, representatives of the industry, and members of local chamber of commerce.
Telenor Pakistan with its partners Nokia Siemens Networks and TEVTA first launched Telecom Futures at TEVTAs Raiwind-Lahore campus on 30th June, 2006 followed by extension to TEVTAs Attock campus on 21st May, 2007.

About Telenor Pakistan:
The Telenor Group is an international provider of high quality telecommunications, data and media communications services. Telenor ranks as one of the biggest GSM service providers in the world with over 133 million subscribers. Telenor Pakistan is 100% owned by Telenor ASA and adds on to its operations in Asia together with Thailand, Malaysia and Bangladesh.

About TEVTA:
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.

About Nokia Siemens Networks:
Nokia Siemens Networks is a leading global enabler of communications services. The company provides a complete, well-balanced product portfolio of mobile and fixed network infrastructure solutions and addresses the growing demand for services with 20,000 service professionals worldwide. Nokia Siemens Networks is one of the largest telecommunications infrastructure companies with operations in 150 countries. The company is headquartered in Espoo, Finland.

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