First Batch of 500 AJK youth trained for Media Industry jobs

ISLAMABAD: National Vocational and Technical Commission and Institute of Media Sciences, Islamabad imparted skill based training to over 500 youth from Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) for their absorption in country’s growing media industry and abroad.

Chairman TEVTA AJK Zafar Nabi Butt said despite having a literacy rate of 74 % AJK was lagging behind in the fields of technical and skilled education and was producing a large number of unskilled educated youth every year. Zafar said skilled training was a need of the hour for AJK youth as Education, health and Civil Services were government’s major job areas which were insufficient to accommodate a large number of educated youngsters entering in job market every year after completion of their education, he added.

He said the AJK government was alive to the issue and committed to provide every possible resource to equip educated youth with skill-base training to enable them earn their livelihood and contribute to country’s prosperity. He however urged for allocation of more financial resources as currently the government was spending over Rs 44,000 per year on each student of Humanities while it was just allocating Rs 4,000 for one student in technical institutes.

Chief executive officer Institute of Media Sciences said additionally NAVTTC has reserved 1,000 seats in their institutions for AJK students and 86 were just enrolled recommended by the AJK’s authorities concerned. He said, since Kashmir has no Technical and Vocational Training Institute and no university was even offering Media Sciences subject, it was planning to establish a technical institute in every district in near future.

TEVTA chairman further said that 8 diploma courses are being offered including TV production, video editing, camera lighting, public relation and advertisement, media management and program designing, 3D animation and graphics, web designing and development.

Likewise, five certificates courses including radio broadcasting, still photography, anchoring and news casting and reporting certificates courses are being offered. This would help student’s to get employment opportunities in media.

CEO Institute of Media Sciences Dr Professor Haseeb ur Rehman said competence based training (CBT) is designed and delivered by adopting systematic approach to get better employment opportunities with strong market linkages.