LAHORE: Chairman Technical Education and Vocational Training Authority (TEVTA) Irfan Qaiser Sheikh on Wednesday stressed on the need of extending collaboration with United States (US) in the fields of livestock, agriculture and English Language teaching.

He expressed these views while giving briefing to US Consul General Lahore Elizabeth Kennedy Trudeau at TEVTA Secretariat. Political and Economic Section Chief US Consul General Ann L Mason and other TEVTA officials were also present on occasion.

Irfan said that TEVTA needs master trainers and experts from US for their students adding that US will provide training opportunities to our graduates in their industry.

He said that TEVTA wanted to start English Language Course in collaboration with US for 1000 students therefore US Consul General Lahore’s support is require in this regard.

He also said that youth is our future therefore there is a dire need of empowering them through teaching them foreign languages which would benefit them.

He said that TEVTA is successfully running Chinese language course successfully.

He said last month Turkish organization also shown its interest to start Turkish Language Course in collaboration with TEVTA.

He said that TEVTA has increased the number of apprenticeship for its students from 3000 to 71,000. In next four years it will increase up to 200,000. He also said that during apprenticeship TEVTA gives a stipend of Rs 7,000 to its students and they are trained in the industry which offered them job after the completion of the training.

Irfan also briefed the delegation about the Pakistan’s only Blue Pottery Institute in Multan which was run by TEVTA. He briefed US Consul General that TEVTA is already working in collaboration with Japan and Turkey in several fields.

US Consul General Elizabeth Kennedy observed that US is also interested in working with TEVTA as working in this field with Pakistan will strengthen Pak-US relations. She added that US will also work with Turkish, Japanese and German organizations in Pakistan as this would increase the quality.

US Consul General also appreciated the increase in the number of apprenticeship by TEVTA by saying that its working under a perfect plan.