Dr. Tahir Andrabi, Dean SOE, participated in a panel discussion on ‘Importance of Skill Empowerment in the Economy’ at the Launch event of ‘Hunarmand Nojawan’

Friday, December 20, 2019

Dr. Tahir Andrabi, Dean SOE, participated in a panel discussion on ‘Importance of Skill Empowerment in the Economy’, which was part of the launch event of Chief Minister Punjab’s flagship project, ‘Hunarmand Nojawan’(youth empowerment skills at TEVTA institutes). Many other notable guests were also part of the discussion, including, Mr. Shafqat Mahmood (Federal Minister for Education and Special Training), Mr. Ibrahim Hasan Murad (President UMT), Ms. Shanza N. Khan (Monitoring & Evaluation Specialist, ADB) and Mr. Shi Yu (Executive General Manager, China Gezhouba). Sharing his thoughts on the initiative, Dr. Tahir Andrabi said, “It is very important for educational institutions and TEVTA to work together. I think we, at School of Education, LUMS, and TEVTA are both very keen to make this partnership work, where traditional academic skills and vocational training institutions work together to solve this difficult problem.”

While talking about the successful transition of the youth, he said, “We need three kinds of skills for a successful transition: the first is traditional academic skills, going beyond writing, reading and arithmetic, and into thinking more about Critical Thinking, Analytical Reasoning and Scientific experimental ways of looking at the world. Next are Employability skills, which are very important. And third of course, is the vocational training aspect. I think Academic skills like Analytical thinking and Reasoning, life skills such as ability to work, collaborative team work settings and conflict resolutions, along with specific vocational and technical skills are all three components important for a successful transition for our youth.”