islamabad - The government will establish first ever National University of Technology and Skills Development at a cost of Rs 700 million by September 2017.

“The draft law for the establishment of the university would soon be tabled to the parliament after approval from the concerned quarters,” Director Construction Technology Training Institute (CTTI), Jamil Ahmed told participants of ‘Japan Official Development Assistance (ODA) Press Tour’, organized by Embassy of Japan in collaboration with Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) here on Thursday.

He said the draft law was pending with ministry of science and technology after approval from the ministry of law. The university will be established within the CTTI Islamabad.

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There are other universities of engineering and technology in the country, but the National University of Technology and Skills Development is the first technology university in the country which will focus on practical teachings, Jamil Ahmad said.

The Construction Machinery Training Centre (CMTC), predecessor of CTTI, was established in 1986 with the assistance of Japan. Afterwards, it has been upgraded and renamed as CTTI in 1992 and now is in the process of further up gradation to a university-level education organization.

Japan has assisted the government of Pakistan in construction of the Construction Machinery Training Centre in 1986, and expansion and enhancement of its centre in 1995 and 2006, which is worth US$ 50 million.

Jamil Ahmad said that, to save time, work on the construction of building has already been started and the syllabus of the university has been approved by the Higher Education Commission (HEC).

In the beginning degrees courses in five disciplines would be taught to the students, he added.

He said that CTTI is strictly following the quota reserved for the provinces, AJK, FANA and FATA.

Jamil said that 45 per cent seats are reserved for Punjab, 20 per cent for Sindh, 15 per cent for KP, 10 per cent for Baluchistan and 10 per cent for AJK, FANA and FATA. However, he said that people from Baluchistan and Sindh are not availing their full quota, while quota reserved for Punjab and KP is being fully utilized.

He said that monthly fee is only Rs 1000 and CTTI offers fee rebate to the students of backward areas, but even then majority of students from Baluchistan are not completing their courses.

Giving the briefing regarding CTTI established with financial assistance of JICA, he said, more than 28,000 students from across the country have been imparted training of different short and long term courses since 1986.

He informed that 265 students from 28 countries have also completed their training from this institute.

The director said a large number of the students of this institute were working with domestic and international companies after completing their training.

Jamil Ahmed said, spread over 53.36 acres, the institute offers diplomas in mechanical, civil, automobile and diesel, quantity surveyor to the students of all province including FATA and AJK after admission under quota based system.

So far, at present 1,910 students are being imparting training on the equipment provided by the Japanese government.

He said the institute has 86 different types of machinery including dozers, graders, wheel loaders, excavators, truck crane etc which were donated by Japan. He said three hostels accommodate around 600 students on nominal charges while a new hostel for 200 students is under construction.

He said that currently there is no female student in CTTI; however, in the ICT department 30 per cent seats were reserved for the female students.

He said, now, CTTI plays the leading role among these kinds of institutes by training youth including young people from FATA, by producing useful engineers, and also by providing third country training program through inviting students from Asia and African countries.

Later, the participants of the tour were taken to different classrooms and met with the teachers and students.