LAHORE - Technical Education and Vocational Training Authority (TEVTA) chairman Irfan Qaiser Sheikh has said that TEVTA, moving towards women empowerment, has increased number of female students from 23,000 per annum to 46,000 per annum.

Addressing a meeting of TEVTA officials at TEVTA Secretariat here on Wednesday, Irfan Qaiser Sheikh said that female enrollment at TEVTA’s institutes was 23,000 in session 2013-14. “When I took charge, I pledged to double these numbers and now for session 2016-17 female enrollment number has been increased to 46,000,” he revealed. He said that for session 2017-18 these numbers will be increased to more than 90,000.

TEVTA chairman also said that for further increasing these numbers, a roadmap has been prepared according to which several female-specialised courses will be started in 2018. He added that among top of these courses is Assistant Nursing course which will be started in collaboration with Shaheed Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto Medical University (SZABMU). Irfan Qaise Sheikh added that besides this course, enrollment will also be doubled in other courses including driving, IT, beautician, cooking, tailoring, designing and Chinese language. Along with increasing the female enrollment, these courses will also be started in every district of Punjab, he revealed.

Chairman Irfan Qaiser Sheikh also urged the young women to enroll in the E Rozgar program. He also advised them to work along with men to enhance their standard of living. He also said that the ratio of females getting employment is better than males when it comes to the technical and vocational education.