CPSC commenced the latest Special In-Country Program on 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. The program was inaugurated by Honorable Minister Lyonpo Dorji Wangdi, Minister, Ministry of Labor and Human Resources (MOHLR), Bhutan on August 22, 2011 at the Hotel Migmar, Thimphu, Bhutan.
The Minister officially opened the program and welcomed the 22 participants to the program as well as the CPSC Director General Dr. Mohammad Naim Yaakub and the CPSC team. In his inaugural speech, he expounded on Bhutan's constitution and highlighted the particular provision pertaining to knowledge, skills and values which shall be accessible to every citizen of the country, and that the SDPA program is aligned to that constitutional requirement. In addition, he also expressed his support to the various initiatives of CPSC particularly the alignment of its programs to the green movement. He also conveyed his appreciation to CPSC for Bhutan is tremendously benefitting from CPSC programs and through its consistent efforts and contributions in the enhancement of their TVET systems.
Dr. Mohammad Naim Yaakub, CPSC Director General, in his opening remarks, conveyed his heartfelt appreciation to the Hon. Minister Lyonpo Wangdi Dorji and to the officers and staff of the Ministry who warmly welcomed the CPSC delegation and for the relentless support and cooperation being extended to the College in organizing the program. Furthermore, the Director General said that "TVET College/Polytechnics should not produce half-baked graduates". He further stressed that graduates must be equipped with employable skills, knowledge in line with the industry requirements in the country or in global labour market.
Early on, Dr. Yaakub with the CPSC team paid a courtesy visit to the Labour Minister. During the visit, he expressed his profound gratitude to the Minister being a keen proponent of close cooperation between CPSC and Bhutan. Minister Dorji, on the one hand, congratulated Dr. Yaakub on his appointment as DG of CPSC and conveyed his wish that he would bring CPSC to greater heights during his term as chief executive officer.
The program is the fourth Special ICP on SDPA held in Bhutan since the previous ICP SDPA held in Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and the Philippines. CPSC and MOHLR jointly conducted the ICP SDPA Bhutan from August 22-27, 2011.
The SDPA program was designed to provide opportunity to strengthen the capability of the Champion Leaders of Bhutan to formulate plan, design & 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.
Dr. Yaakub supervises the overall management of the program, while Prof. Rajesh P. Khambayat, Ph.D., acts as Program Coordinator and Chief Resource Person, together with Prof. TJ Tesoro-Gayondato, Chair, Project and Consultancy Division as Cyber Resource Person.