Tevta Introduce Recognized courses in IT: One OF the recent initiatives of the Technical & Vocational Training Authority (Tevta) to introduce internationally recognized courses, especially those related to information technology (IT), is being dubbed as a step in the right direction.
Over the years the province’s sole body tasked with promotion of technical education and vocational training witnessed many ups and downs. Nevertheless, what seemed missing was the spirit of ownership.
It is generally observed that lack of political will and inconsistency in policies mar the public institutions, an unfortunate reality in this part of the world. It seems it was this fear which prompted Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif to timely react and personally take a number of measures for a kind of overhaul of Tevta in recent months. There is no doubt that the dimension of technical education and vocational training has been changing in the rapidly changing environment with emerging demands of the modern day. Recently, the CM approved separation of commerce stream from the ambit of Tevta, directing the authority to focus its real mandate of promoting technical education and vocational training in the province. One of the mega projects of Tevta, the establishment of Tevta-Microsoft IT Academies, has now started turning into reality under which internationally accepted IT courses will be offered to the youth.
Over 300 institutes of Tevta will offer three different courses, each comprising duration of three months, in collaboration with the world’s leading Microsoft Corporation. However, in the first phase, the IT academies have been set up at 50 institutions of Tevta across the province and admission schedule has also been announced for each three months course, including Microsoft Certified Computer Technician, Microsoft Certified IT professional and Microsoft Certified Application Developer. Another worth mentioning initiative of Tevta, as envisaged by its Chairperson Saeed Ahmad Alvi, is signing of an agreement to introduce Britain’s City & Guilds International Vocational Qualifications (IVQs) amongst the authority’s constituent polytechnics across the province.
The IVQs would be offered in addition to the currently offered technician and technology related national qualifications by Tevta. The move is most likely to result in adding to the options available to students of polytechnics by giving them the opportunity to sit for International City & Guilds theory examinations and to be assessed for practical work through their polytechnics. According to the TEVTA chairperson, the IVQs are highly recognised in the international technician, tradesmen, technology and vocational job markets. He says in the initial phase, City & Guilds qualifications would be introduced in the fields of Telecommunications, Construction, Quantity Surveying, Mechanical, Electronics, Electrical, Automobile, Refrigeration/Air Conditioning, Machining, and Computer Aided Design & Draughting.