Govt paying special focus on education: minister
Islamabad, Apr17 (Online): Federal Minister for Education and Professional Training Baligh ur Reham told Senate on Friday that the government was paying a special focus on education with the allocation of Rs70 billion for the Higher Education Commission.
During a question-answer session in the Senate, the education minister said that the government was also paying attention to the technical education to prepare a skilled workforce to capture markets in foreign countries.
He said that thousands of students have been given domestic and foreign scholarships to pursues their education. He said that the HEC sent 698 students from Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa on foreign scholarships over the last five years.
The minister told the upper house that more than 0.5 million trainers have been engaged for more tan 3000 technical institutes across the country to give technical training to the youth and NEVTC and National Training Bureau were playing a crucial role in this regard.
Rehman said that the government was working on a plan to send technically skilled people abroad in the current year. He said that soon an agreement will be signed with the Oversees Pakistan Employment Promoters to send off skilled workers abroad.
The education minister said that the federating units have been allocated technical quota, whereas Balochistan has 25 per cent share, Gilgit-Baltistan 10 per cent, AJK 5 per cent, Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa 18 per cent, FATA 6 per cent, Sindh 13 per cent, Punjab 21 per cent and the federal capital 2 per cent.