ISLAMABAD: (APP) Capt Asfand Yar Bokhari Shaheed Vocational Training Centre inaugurated at PAF Camp Badaber, today. Mr. Pervez Khattak, Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa was the chief guest at the occasion.
Air Chief Marshal Sohail Aman, Chief of the Air Staff, Pakistan Air Force was also present at the ceremony. Mr. Asad Qaisar, Speaker Provincial Assembly, Provincial Ministers, Senators, Corps Commander Peshawar Lt Gen Hidayat ur Rehman and family members of Capt Asfand Yar Bokhari (Shaheed) and Badaber Shuhdaa also attended the ceremony.
Air Marshal Farooq Habib, Deputy Chief of the Air Staff (Training), gave the welcome address and spoke about the salient features of this institute. While addressing the audience the Air Chief said, “PAF has always come up to the expectations of the nation whether it is relief operations in national disasters or operations against the militants.
Provision of technical training has become a new dimension of the services of Pakistan Air Force towards the nation-building during peace. The objective is to address the issues of poverty and unemployment through human resource development in the areas of technical and vocational training”.
He further said, “This institute reminds us of our worthy heroes from Pakistan Air Force and Pakistan Army who laid down their lives to safeguard the personnel and assets of this camp. Establishment of this institute is a step forward in the mission of providing technical education to the unemployed youth to enable them to become productive and useful citizens of Pakistan”.
Speaking at the occasion, the Chief Minister said, “I have a strong belief that we could only rise as a nation if we establish a system which would provide equal opportunities to all and eliminate poverty as a barrier to quality education. If our young generation is given skill and technical training, they can stand on their feet and earn their living in an honorable manner.
In this way, they become an effective and responsible organ of the society with restored honor and dignity and ultimately contribute positively towards the progress as a nation.” He also announced grant for establishment of meat processing plant and training center. He further said that he would leave no stone unturned to find best employment opportunities for these boys in Pakistan and abroad.
Capt Asfand Yar Bokhari Shaheed Vocational Training Centre has been established at PAF camp Badaber by Pakistan Air Force in collaboration of TEVTA (Technical Educational and Vocational Training Authority).
The centre would offer quality training in sixteen different fields such as refrigeration, air conditioning, carpentry, auto electrician/ mechanic, welding, tailoring, plumbing, construction machinery maintenance / operating and electrician etc. Due to the backwardness and lack of resources in the area, the selection criteria has been made very easy and the selected students will be provided free of cost education at this centre.
Pakistan Air Force has provided the building, teaching staff and funds for smooth functioning of this centre. This institute will impart technical education and practical training to local youth to equip them with adequate knowledge and skills to receive employment in national or international market or start their independent small business