Faisalabad Industrial Estate Development and Management Company (FIEDMC) Chairman Mian Kashif Ashfaq reportedly announced that the government is fully committed to reforming the skill sector of the country that would not only ensure a prosperous future for young people but also the country.
Mian Ashfaq expressed these views in a meeting with Professor Dr. Shahid Kamal, Vice-Chancellor of Government College University Faisalabad (GCUF). The discussion proceeded as both FIEDMC and GCUF agreed to expedite co-operation and coordination in order to ensure provision of quality and skilled manpower to the industry.
There was a consensus between the two sides that the promotion of technical education was a prerequisite to the much needed Gross Development Production (GDP) growth. They also agreed to hold regular meetings for curricula review, keeping in mind the requirement of the industry.
FIEDMC has successfully constructed three industrial estates along Faisalabad’s motorway, namely, Value Added City (VAC), M-3 Industrial City (M-3-IC) and Allama Iqbal Industrial City (AIIC). Mian Kashif also revealed that there is a requirement of over four hundred thousand trained employees among different departments, in all the three economic zones over the coming four years.
This primary objective of this venture is to promote technical and vocational education among the laborers working in CPEC’s Special Economic Zones (SEZs) and the rest of the industry.
Vice Chancellor, Professor Dr. Shahid Kamal, expressed on this occasion that the collaboration between the two institutions would ultimately bridge a skill gap which would lead to a quantum jump in exports of the country, by value addition and responding to technological shift in manufacturing and facing the challenges of globalization. He said that the GCUF Engineering Department would extend helping hands to train manpower in industrial sectors especially in furniture to meet the challenges at an international level.
GCUF would ensure provision of rightly skilled manpower to the local industry, but the industry would also have to do the needful as the technical authority needed proper and consistent support from our business community to start new projects and new courses
According to Dr. Kamal, GCUF would also help FIEDMC develop new courses and upgrade various syllabi as the industrial sector needed skilled manpower with knowledge and expertise to meet the challenges of present era. Mian Kashif Ashfaq also added that it was high time for industrialists to avail themselves the facilities being offered by GCUF.
He said that the GCUF would ensure provision of rightly skilled manpower to the local industry, but the industry would also have to do the needful as the technical authority needed proper and consistent support from our business community to start new projects and new courses.
He also considered that well-trained manpower not only reduces the cost of production but also plays a vital role in achieving the desired and required economic goals as it would lead to quality production, which ultimately would create global demand.
In today’s world, the international requirement of different types and quality of skills is changing fast and highly skilled workers are preferred, he added. In fact, Mian Kashif further said that if they compare other underdeveloped and developing countries with the emerging economies, they would hardly find a significant difference in their natural and financial resources.
One factor that makes the real difference is their productive human resource which is now termed as Human Capital. He further announced that FIEDMC would also establish a technical university in Punjab‘s Special economic zone, for which an accord has been signed with Fauji Foundation and a Chinese Tianjin University.
The primary objective of this venture is to also promote technical and vocational education among the laborers working in CPEC’s Special Economic Zones (SEZs) and the rest of the industry. “FIEDMC will provide 22 acres of land to Fauji Foundation for the establishment of the university, opposite to the main gate of M-3 and this building will be completed within one and half year,” he added.