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July 4, 2013

Historic Batch of Female Architect Assistants Ready to Pass Out
(A joint venture of JICA and TEVTA)

Lahore, 4 July 2013: The architecture department of Government College of Technology, Railway Road Lahore (GCT) organized "celebrations of outgoing session 2010-2013" at the college premises today.

The celebration for this session of architecture department is of immense importance since it is the first co-education batch completing its tenure of studies at GCT. It is the first ever public sector Institute in Pakistan to offer co-education at higher secondary level. After intervention by Japan International Cooperation Agency in GCT, this is the first batch comprising 21 female and 77 male students to pass out.

Since start of the project in 2008, JICA has cooperated GCT by revising curricula for architecture and mechanical technologies, refurbishing the existing laboratories with state-of-the-art technologies, erection of new building for architecture department, teachers training in Japan, career counseling for students, induction of female teachers in teaching cadres of the college and last but not least, inclusion of female students in architecture technology.

On the occasion, students presented job interview skits while Dr. Iqbal Qureshi, a renounced human resource management expert gave useful advice to the students on interview/job placement.

Mr. Mitsuyoshi Kawasaki, Chief Representative of JICA; Mr. Minoru Ito, JICA's Architecture Expert; Dr. Yousuf Awan, Chairman Department of Architecture, UMT Lahore and Dr. Iqbal Qureshi spoke and motivated the students on the occasion.

At the end, the position holders of the architecture department students who recorded distinguished performance in sports event and the department itself were awarded by the Chief Guest, Mr. Kawasaki. This JICA's support to CoE will contribute to the development of youth which is one of the priorities of the new government. It is hoped JICA's support will help to boost the economy of the country and ultimately poverty reduction in the society.

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