CHITRAL: For the first time, a government polytechnic institute has been opened in Chitral after upgrading the existing technical and vocational training centre in the town.
The institute was formally opened by Technical Education and Vocational Training Authority (TEVTA) Managing Director Prof Engineer Abdul Ghafar in the presence of Deputy Commissioner Muhammad Ali Khan and District Police Officer Lower Chitral Ikramullah Khan.
Speaking on the occasion, centre’s Principal Rehmat Karim thanked the TEVTA chief for upgrading the centre to an institute which will help the youth of Chitral in acquiring technical education and get employment in the emerging market.
He said it was the only centre imparting technical education in Chitral for the last 25 years. The foundation of the centre was laid in 1996 and it offered courses in Diesel auto-mechanic, computer, woodwork, technician, tailoring and furniture technician.
Participants of the event appreciated the upgradation of the centre and said technical education was the need of the time and more technical and vocational institutes should be opened in both Lower and Upper Chitral to equip the youth with skills.
Chairman Institute Management Committee Engineer Sardar Ayub added that 180 students got training from the centre each year and were now earning their livelihood.