CPSC in partnership with the Council for Technical Education and Vocational Training (CTEVT), Nepal commenced the latest Special In-Country Program on TVET Skills Development for Poverty Alleviation (SDPA) entitled Capacity Building of Champion Leaders’ Training Program, a project under the CPSC-GOI (Government of India) Asia-Pacific Capacity Building for TVET Skills for Poverty Alleviation. Honorable Mr. Dina Nath Sharma, Minister of Education, inaugurated the program on November 13, 2011 at the Training Institute for Technical Instructions (TITI) Auditorium, Kathmandu, Nepal.
The Minister welcomed the 30 participants to the program as well as the CPSC Project Coordinator Dr. Rajesh P. Khambayat and the CPSC team. In his inaugural speech, he emphasized on Nepal’s vision for economic revolution highlighting provision pertaining to knowledge, skills and values which shall be accessible to every citizen of the country, and that the SDPA program is aligned with developing the human capital requirement for economic progress. On the other hand, Dr. Jay Bahadur Tandan, Member Secretary, CTEVT conveyed his sincere appreciation to CPSC for Nepal’s tremendous benefits from CPSC’s programs.
Dr. Rajesh P. Khambayat, in his opening remarks, conveyed his profound gratitude to Minister Sharma and to the officers and staff of the CTEVT who warmly welcomed the CPSC delegation and for the relentless support and cooperation being extended to the College in organizing the program. He further stressed that future TVET graduates must be equipped with employable skills, knowledge pushed in line with the industry requirements in the country or in the global labor market.
The program in Nepal is the fifth Special ICP on SDPA, the fourth one recently held in Bhutan. CPSC and CTEVT jointly conducted the ICP SDPA Nepal from November 13 to 17, 2011.
The SDPA program was designed to provide opportunity to strengthen the capability of the Champion Leaders of Nepal to formulate plan, design and implement programs on different aspects of poverty alleviation through TVET skills. The program specifically imparted awareness on the significance of TVET skills in the context of poverty alleviation; diverse approaches to poverty alleviation through TVET skills and generic skills development; integrating entrepreneurship programs for addressing poverty alleviation; formulating TVET skills development modular programs and strategies; applying strategies for upgrading ICT skills in poverty alleviation programs; and developing action plans to tackle poverty alleviation through TVET skills.
In addition, the National Seminar on TVET Skills for Enhancing Youth Employability: Perspectives and Strategies was also organized during the program. The seminar was well attended by various TVET professionals, scholars, CTEVT personnel, TITI faculty, experts from NGOs and industry and senior officials from the different ministries in the country.
Dr. Mohammad Naim Yaakub, Director General, CPSC, supervised the overall management of the program, while Dr. Khambayat acted as Program and Seminar Coordinator and Chief Resource Person, together with Engr. Md. Jahangir Alam, Faculty Specialist, as Resource Person. The special ICP program received positive and encouraging feedback with high overall satisfaction rating by the delegates.