April 23, 2013
A view of newly constructed building at GCT, Railway road, Lahore
Lahore, April 23, 2013: The Chief Representative of Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), Mr. Mitsuyoshi Kawasaki inaugurated the newly constructed building for architecture and mechanical departments of Government College of Technology (GCT) at Railway Road, Lahore.
With the grant assistance of JPY 867 million (approximately), JICA has supported Technical Education and Vocational Training Authority (TEVTA) Punjab in the construction of three story building housing classrooms and laboratories that are fully furnished with practical training equipment for both the architectural and mechanical departments of the Institute.
This gifted building along with equipment is one of the interventions by JICA in its ongoing efforts to convert GCT into Center of Excellence (CoE) since 2008 when the first technical cooperation for strengthening linkages between industries and technical education was commenced. Under this project, three Japanese experts have worked on the revision of industrial needs-based curriculum, provision of latest equipment, job placement support and training for the officials of the Institute.
It is worth noting here that the induction of more than 70 female students in the Architecture Department is expected to play remarkable role in the future industrial development in Pakistan. CoE as an advanced model school is one of the initiatives of the National Skill Strategy 2009 ~ 2013 aimed at restructuring the national level of technical education and vocational training sector. COE also plays a roll of strengthening educational and vocational training institute management.