August 26, 2016
Mr. Yasuhiro Tojo speaking at the ceremony
Lahore, 26 August, 2016: In Lahore, Technical Education and Vocational Training Authority (TEVTA) and Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) arranged a launching ceremony of the JICA assisted project titled "The Project for Strengthening DAE (Diploma of Associate Engineering) in Mechanical Technology at Government Colleges of Technology in Punjab Province".
At the ceremony, Mr. Irfran Qaiser Sheikh, the TEVTA Chairperson, said that JICA will provide around 614 million yen to TEVTA during 2016-2019 for the development of Government Colleges of Technology (GCT) in Faisalabad as center of excellence (COE). In addition, he mentioned that master's training courses to be conducted in such COEs would certainly enhance the teaching capacities of other 11 GCTs in Punjab province, in line with newly revised DAE Mechanical Curriculum that is intended to reflect the growing skills needs of the industry. He said that 46 master trainers had been trained to teach various aspects of mechanical technology including CNC machines, Metal Inert Gas (MIG) and Tungsten Inert Gas (TIG) welding, CAD/CAM designing and industrial planning and products.
Mr. Yasuhiro Tojo, Chief Representative, JICA Pakistan Office, said that the combined past and present collaboration of TEVTA-GCTs-JICA, the Punjab government would be able to meet the targets set in Punjab Growth Strategy & Vision 2025 for the skill enhancement of youth of Pakistan, which would contribute towards the development of Pakistan in future.