May 7, 2015
Signatories posing for a group photo at the ceremony
Islamabad, 7 May, 2015: Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) in collaboration with Construction Technology Training Institute (CTTI) has agreed to undertake a technical cooperation project for provision of qualified technical human resource to major industries in Pakistan. A Record of Discussion (RD) to this effect was signed here today amongst Mr. Mitsuyoshi Kawasaki, Chief Representative of JICA; Mr. Ejaz Hussain, Director, CTTI; Ms. Amna Imran Khan, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Communication and Mr. Syed Mujtaba Hussain, Joint Secretary, Economic Affairs Division in Islamabad.
Under "The Project for Technical Assistance on Capacity Building in CTTI", modern quality technical education and placement support at CTTI based on the latest industrial needs will be established by revising around 25 years old curriculum. With the revision of curriculum, the Project will also enable and train the instructors to develop new targeted courses in line with the updated curriculum. The training to the instructors of CTTI will be extended in Pakistan and Japan for better understanding and amalgamation of Japanese and Pakistani experience together. The placement support mechanism will not only enable the students to understand and prepare themselves for the job market but to develop a database of graduated students.
CTTI was initially established as Construction Machinery Training Center (CMTC) in 1986 under the grant assistance of JICA on behalf of Government of Japan. Continuously, JICA has dispatched Japanese experts to develop new courses with curriculum through technical cooperation and provided grant assistance for upgrading facilities. CTTI offers technical and vocational trainings with 26 courses (22 short courses and 4 Diploma courses) every year; technical staff capacity at CTTI is 31 and number of students for Diploma courses are 784 while for short courses is around 214. Since CTTI plays an important role producing young engineers who become part of technical human resource in construction/industrial projects. However, CTTI has faced a need to update the curriculum, textbooks and courses which are taught in CTTI according to international standards.