(Karachi P.R. 26th July, 2016) The Pre-Seminar Press Conference held at Federation house on 26th July 2016. Mr. Arshad Farooq, Vice President CSR-FPCCI said that realizing the grave situation of state of education & literacy in the country, CSR Department of FPCCI with Collaboration of Old Ravian Association Karachi (ORAK) is organizing a Seminar on 30th July 2016 at 11:00 am at Federation House Karachi.
The main objective of the Seminar is to review the present situation, identify fault lines, suggest working strategies and explore financial resources to meet the Educational Emergency in the Country, to raise exponential promotion of Literacy and to bring the Deeni Madaris in the main stream for TVET.
It is a half day seminar and will witness the addresses and speeches from Learned and Intellectuals speakers from Banks and Deeni Madaris.
The dismal standard of Education & the new literates is well known. The situation is shameful and grave. Ever since 1947, about 10 Educational policies have been decreed, but none has been implemented in letter and spirit Pakistan’s rapid population growth and the corresponding expansion of the workforce are a burden on the national economy. Millions of young people enter the job market annually, but they are unable to find work and do not contribute to national growth since they lack relevant skills. An effective reform of the education system in Pakistan requires a bottom-up approach. TVET Linkages with industry in terms of input for curricula development are weak resulting in mismatches of supply and demand of skills.
In addition to the school requirement, there is a great requirement for establishment of a large number of vocational training centers. The topic for establishing vocational training centers shall also get attracted during this seminar. We shall have some very well qualified intellectuals who shall speak and suggest ways and means to overcome this expanding gap in this field.
Bringing about an education revolution requires drastic changes in the attitude toward education management, financing, curricula reform, academic flexibility, research collaboration, delegation of authority, training of young people in fields that are needed in the community and much more.
The Pakistani government should set up policies requiring compulsory linkages between institutions and industry for all existing and upcoming industries in relevant areas in order to foster employability skills among the TVET graduates.
The TVET curriculum should be reviewed collaboratively by TVET and Industry every two years so as to cater for new developments in the world of work otherwise the skills imparted may be rendered obsolete in a short time.
Maher Alam Khan
Acting Secretary General