Published on June 8th, 2008 | by Babar Bhatti67
Telecom Laboratory At Govt College of Technology Lahore To Provide Diplomas In Telecom
Telecom Futures – an initiative of Telenor Pakistan with Nokia-Siemens and TEVTA (Technical Education & Vocational Training Authority, Punjab) has announced a new lab in Lahore. This 2-year telecom diploma program was launched in 2006 and is running at Government Polytechnic Institute Attock and the Government Institute of Technology DG Khan. This is a good example of industry-government-academia collaboration to solve the talent gap problem and to provide skills in areas where there is a huge demand for local training.
Some background from Telenor website:
Telenor Pakistan and its industry partners, Nokia and Siemens, realize that vocational training institutes are building human capital from the lower socioeconomic classes and there is a huge opportunity to help them get their fair share from the Telecom Promise. The Telecom Futures program aims at building on TEVTA’s Higher National Diploma in Telecom by aligning curriculum with industry expectations, providing advanced trainings and rewards to teachers, sharing specialized equipment with students, and offering internships or jobs to suitable diploma holders. The target is to create a scalable model for large-scale implementation, an education and training model that improves the level of human resource created locally, and increases the employability of vocational diploma holders.
Media coverage about Lahore event from Daily.Pk:
Veqar ul Islam said the Telecom Futures programme, initiated by Telenor Pakistan in partnership with Nokia Siemens Networks and Tevta provides a two-year higher national diploma based on an advanced curriculum, scholarships, hands-on-training and internship opportunities to students. He said that it was the first industry-academia collaboration in telecommunications in Pakistan aimed at developing human resources from deprived backgrounds.
Irfan Wahab said the Telenor realised the importance of technical and vocational training institutes to harness and develop talents. The Telecom Futures programme will build on Tevta’s Higher National Diploma in Telecom by aligning curriculum to industry expectations, providing advanced training and rewards to teachers, sharing specialised equipment with students, and offering internships or jobs to suitable diploma holders. Tevta Board Member Mohsin Syed also spoke on the occasion