CORPORATE VIEW
PVTC TO INTRODUCE AGRO-BASED COURSES

KHALID BUTT, Bureau Chief, Lahore
Oct 16 - 22, 2006

Punjab Vocational Training Council (PVTC), engaged in a unique poverty alleviation programme, has come up with innovative new ideas to spread its wings to five brand new agro-based subjects at its network of VTI's (Vocational Training Institutions).

Syed Zia-ul-Hassan Gilani, Incharge Curriculum Department of PVTC, said in an interview that the council was making a continuous endeavour to update teaching skills as well as constantly enlarging the scope and variety of the subjects and training being imparted to the trainees at VTIs.

In view of the rising market demands for technician and skilled hands in the field of agriculture the subjects being introduced in some of the institutes include Plant Protection, Floriculture, Green House, Poultry Farming and Tractor Mechanic. The addition of the new trades are made after a careful study was carried out about the market demand and notably of the environment of the particular area where the VTI is located.

According to Zia-ul-Hassan Gilani, the lead was taken by the Jampur VTI located in faraway District Rajanpur to introduce the subject of Plant Protection, Floriculture and Horticulture in local area to create new job opportunities for trainees where there is hardly any local industry. Similarly, the subject of Green House is also a relatively new one to create job opportunities for remote areas for growing out of season vegetables.

The subject has already been started at Mamoon Kanjan VTI near Faisalabad. Mr. Gilani said that an extensive research is carried out by the PVTC's Central Secretariat and proper curriculum prepared for the VTIs after being duly vetted by subject expert and approved by the PVTC management.

The other VTIs to introduce Tractor Mechanic classes are located at Burj Attari, (District Sheikhupura), Jamal Din Wali (District Rahim Yar Khan) and Bilyanwala Khooh in District Lahore. PVTC created by Punjab Government under PVTC Act 1998, is one of the major initiatives for poverty alleviation in the province. Currently it has a network of 137 VTIs across the province churning out over 25,000 trainees in about 40 demand driven trades for which PVTC has prepared proper curriculum. The trainees drawn from Mustahqueen-e-Zakat are financed under a unique scheme financed by Zakat Councils and MORA stipends for the trainees. Jatoi urges for timely completion of the projects.

Liaquat Jatoi: the Federal Minister for Water and Power Liaquat Ali Jatoi has expressed satisfaction over the pace of work on the ongoing water and power projects and asked WAPDA to further expedite its efforts for timely completion of the projects so that the nation can start accruing the benefits as early as possible.

He expressed these views while presiding over a high-level meeting at WAPDA House recently. The Minister, addressing the meeting, said that the government would continue supporting the authority to remove all the bottlenecks for timely completion of the projects. The federal minister said that the country is in dire need of exploiting water as well as power resources in view of the ever-increasing population and rapid economic growth. The present government has formulated a comprehensive policy to tap water and power resources for this purpose, he added. WAPDA Chairman Tariq Hamid briefed the minister about the overall scenario of water as well as power sector.

Earlier, Member (Water) WAPDA Muhammad Mushtaq Chaudhry made a detailed presentation on various water and hydropower projects being executed by the authority.

The projects include Diamer-Basha Dam, raising of Mangla Dam, Mirani Dam, Sabakzai Dam, Satpara Dam, Rainee Canal, Kachhi Canal, Greater Thal Canal and Khawar Hydropower project. The meeting was attended by the Federal Secretary for Water and Power Ashfaq Mahmood, Additional Secretary for Water and Power Muhammad Yousuf Memon, Member (Finance) Imtiaz Anjum, Member (Power) Muhammad Anwer Khalid, besides general managers and project directors.

OPERATIONAL CNG STATIONS

Status of Operational CNG Station as on 2nd October 2006

CITY

NO. OF STATIONS

Abbotabad

23

Attock

23

Badin

2

Bahawalpur

8

Bhera M-2

2

Chakwal

8

Charsada

5

DG Khan

2

Dadu-Sindh

2

Faislabad

44

Gujjar Khan

14

Ghotki

1

Guranwala

41

Gujrat

14

Hafizabad

3

Haripur

18

Havellan

2

Hyderabad

21

Islamabad

36

Jhang

2

Jhelum

4

Karachi

150

Kasur

3

Khairpur

2

Khanewal

5

Khaushab

2

Kharian

6

Kohat

11

Kot Addu

1

Lahore

155

Lalamusa

3

Larkana

1

Lasbela

1

Lodhran

2

Malakand

2

Mandi Bahauddin

3

Mansehra

14

Mardan

10

Mattiari

2

Mianwali

2

Mirpurkhas

4

Multan

19

Muzaffar Garh

2

Nankana Sahab

1

Nawabshah

3

Naushero Feroz

2

Nowshera

13

Okara

8

Peshawar

69

Quetta

3

Rahim Yaar Khan

8

Rawalpindi

164

Sahiwal

10

Sanghar

3

Sargodha

10

Sheikhupura

26

Sialkot

17

Sukheki

2

Sukkar

4

Swabi

1

Swat

4

Taxila

6

Thatta

2

Tobatek Singh

3

Wah

6