Pak-German varsities to train teachers

LAHORE: Two Pakistani and one German university on Wednesday launched the B.Ed in Technical Education, which is a pre-service study programme to train a new generation of teachers imparting Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET).

This type of study programme for the TVET sector is being implemented for the first time in Pakistan, said a press release here.

The one-year post graduate study programme is a venture of the University of the Punjab, the Virtual university of Pakistan and the Technical University of Kaiserslautern, which is one of the leading German universities for TVET teacher study programmes.

Introduction of this new study programme is part of a comprehensive reform being spearheaded by the National Vocational and Technical Training Commission (NAVTTC) through TVET Reform Support Programme, which is co-funded by the European Union, the embassy of the Kingdom of Netherlands, and Royal Norwegian embassy and the Federal Republic of Germany and being implemented by the Deutsche Gesellschaft Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH.

The new study programme was launched at a ceremony held at University of Punjab, where Vice Chancellor Punjab University Dr. Mujahid Kamran, Rector Virtual University Prof. Dr. Naveed Malik, Director General NAVTTC Muhammad Yahya, Coordinator TVET Reform support Programme Hans Bruns, First Secretary Economic Cooperation and Development German Embassy Almut Knop and large number of government officials and people from academia attended the ceremony.

Speaking on the occasion, Director General NAVTTC Muhammad Yahya highlighted the role of NAVTTC in setting national priorities and standards for the skill training in Pakistan.

First Secretary German embassy Almut Knop congratulated  the three universities, NAVTTC and TVET Reform Support Programme for achieving another milestone as far as implementation of the TVET reform is concerned.

She said implementation of these reforms will help Pakistan  to reshape its skill development system, leading millions of youth to decent jobs.

Vice Chancellor Punjab University Dr. Mujahid Kamran lauded the cooperation among the three universities to initiate this new B.Ed programme and hoped that it will help generate a new generation of skilled TVET teachers.

Source: APP