The private sector and the community play a vital role in the advancement of the educational system in most developed and developing countries. Public-private-community partnership (PPCP) has also been widely recognized as instrumental in improving TVET systems through setting mutual understanding and standards on appropriate capacity building needs of the technical work force. In view of PPCP’s increasing importance and particular impact in TVET, the Colombo Plan Staff College for Technician Education (CPSC) and the Council for Technical Education and Vocational Training (CTEVT), Nepal jointly conducted the in-country program on “Public-Private Community Partnership in TVET” at the Training Institute for Technical Instruction (TITI), Sanothimi, Bhaktapur from 04 – 08 April 2011.
Nepal’s Minister of Education and the program’s Chief Guest Mr. Ganga Lal Tuladhar inaugurated the program through the traditional lighting of the oil candle (Panas). Several government officials and organizers from CPSC and CTEVT attended the opening ceremony including: Mr. Shankar Pandey, Secretary, Ministry of Education; Dr. Gopal Khanal, Vice Chairman, CTEVT; CTEVT Member Secretary Dr. Jay Bahadur Tandan; and Dr. Shyamal Majumdar, CPSC Director General.
The program facilitated understanding on PPCP concepts and principles, multi-stakeholder partnership process and appreciation of innovative models, best practices and approaches on PPCP in Nepal. Twenty-three (23) participants comprised of principals, vice-principals, department heads and senior teachers from Technical Schools and Training Centers of CTEVT and other TVET institutions were also provided an opportunity to map out action plans for improving partnership of the private sector in the development and management of TVET institutions in their country.
Dr. Majumdar shared his insights on PPCP through his special lecture on Industry-Institute Interaction to Public-Private Partnership: A Journey to Excellence. In his presentation he pointed out that “close interaction between the institute and the industry/enterprise is seen as the platform for showcasing best practices, latest technological advancements and their implementation and impact on the industry.” Dr. Majumdar also emphasized that through close interaction by the stakeholders of TVET, industries can actively participate in technical and vocational education programs, with the goal of cross-fertilizing ideas for systems improvement.
Engr. Md. Jahangir Alam, Specialist, CPSC was the Program Coordinator and Chief Resource Person while Mr. Diwat Kumar Shrestha, CTEVT Director for Technical Division, acted as Local Coordinator. Dr. Tariq Mahmood, former CPSC Faculty Consultant, Deputy Education Adviser, Federal Ministry of Education, Government of Pakistan also served as Resource Person.