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STEVTA To rEplAcE dEpuTEd officErS wiTh VETErAnS from AdminiSTrATiVE diViSion Karachi


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HILE ending the role of officers working on a deputation in Sindh Technical and Vocational Training Authority (STEVTA), the Sindh government is likely to promote senior officers of administrative/operation branch, who have been waiting for their due promotions since long, to the next higher grade to further the performance of the authority, it is learned. The STEVETA, which is mandated to streamline, upgrade, manage technical education and vocational training in the province in line with national and international job market requirements, has remained within the control of deputed officers since long and hampered authority’s performance badly. Earlier, after a detailed discussion with the stakeholders, the Sindh government appointed a senior officer, Muzaffar

Ali Bhutto, from the administrative division namely as authority’s new managing director (MD) that resulted in extra ordinary performance of the authority in the province, sources confided to Pakistan Today. As the deputed officers governed the authority for couple of years, a number of senior officials including Muzaffa Bhutto remained sidelined and their promotions were withheld for many years. However, all these officials knocked at the doors of the Sindh Services Tribunal which eventually decided the matter. According to sources, the deputed officers, with the help of some elements in the government had resisted against the government’s decision to abstain teaching cadre employees from grabbing the top slots. Interestingly, the officer working on a deputation have also approached the Supreme Court to get some space for the postings, however their constitutional petition was dismissed by the apex court.

“Within few months of their postings, all the officials including Muzaffar Ali Bhutto and other outclassed in their performance and overall image of the STEVTA touched the highest peaks”, sources added. Furthermore, sources claimed that the per year admission into the authority’s 251 institutes has jumped to a total of 20,180 students, which is higher than all the previous years. The STEVTA, under the leadership of new managing-director Muzaffar Bhutto, has signed MoUs with Thar Foundation, Federation of Pakistan Chamber of Commerce and Industry (FPCCI), EFP and WEBCOP to strengthen and promote productive working relationship with business/industry for achieving the greater objective of decent employment for all TVET stakeholders. Under the authority’s employment facilitation programme, the sources added that as many 45,000 STEVTA trainees have been provided with the best jobs in

national and multinational companies with handsome salaries. “The STEVTA also restored servicecum-production units, garments, printing and graphics units at Pak – Swedish Institute to impart on-job training to trainees so that they could support their families in a befitting manner”, sources said. Talking to Pakistan Today, STEVTA MD Muzaffar Ali Bhutto said the representatives from public and private sector have jointly formed Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) Advisory Forum that will contribute towards economic prosperity in the province. According to the MD, the idea was discussed in detail in a meeting summoned by TVET Reform Support Programme being funded by the European Union and German and Norwegian governments. “The TVET Advisory Forum – Sindh is expected to serve as a platform for the

public and private stakeholders to advise and support the implementation of TVET reforms in the province”, Bhutto added. “The reform programme is being implemented in partnership with the private and public sector organisations, including Sindh TVETA and other TVET bodies. The establishment of the advisory forum will help accelerate pace for the implementation of the National Vocational Qualifications Framework (NVQF) through various pathways”, the MD said. In this regard, Bhutto said it has also been agreed that a separate secretariat of the advisory forum be formed comprising of private and public sector representatives. The establishment of this forum will help in a close coordination and looking at the futuristic aspect of bringing technical and vocational skills in the mainstream market. The forum through its joint secretariat will formulate technical working groups to support the implementation of TVET activities, the MD further added.

SIUT's Centre for Biomedical Ethics & Culture declared WHO collaborating centre Karachi INP

KARACHI: Cool & Cool Chairman Arif Pardesi, the main sponsor of Beauty Show, talks to the media at the beginning of the event. press release

Three-day beauty show starts in Karachi Karachi Press release

Pakistan’s first three-day beauty show “BEAUTY AND YOU” started at Global Marquee by Cool & Cool for here in Karachi. On the first day, a large number of people including families attended the event where famous brands had displayed their products. The show included food court and play

land for children. Manu celebrities from the fashion industry participated in the event and prizes were distributed among the visitors. Talking to media on this occasion, Cool & Cool Chairman of Mr Arif Pardesi said,”It is the first show of this kind and I am happy that a large number of families came to visit and liked the show. I thank the participating companies and express the intension to hold such shows in future.”

Sindh Institute of Urology & Transplantation (SIUT) Centre of Biomedical Ethics and Culture (CBEC) of was designated as a World Health Organization (WHO) Collaborating Centre in Bioethics at a special ceremony held at SIUT on Thursday. This is the first such centre in the entire Eastern Mediterranean Region (EMRO) of WHO in which Pakistan is included along with 21 other countries. To mark the occasion of the collaboration, the flag of WHO was officially handed over to chairperson of CBEC Professor Farhat Moazam by the WHO head of Pakistan mission, Mohammad Assai Ardakani and WHO Geneva representative Dr Andreas Reis. Director SIUT, Professor Adib Rizvi was also present on the occasion. In his welcome address, Professor Adib Rizvi mentioned that the bioethics centre at SIUT was the only one of its kind in the country

which was established in 2004. Since then, he said over 100 professionals from across the country and abroad have graduated from its academic programs. In the current class, he mentioned that in addition to Pakistani students, other students ailing from Kenya, Uganda and Qatar are also participating. Dr. Reis from WHO Geneva, spoke about the already longstanding collaboration between the Centre and WHO along with plans for the future. Dr. Reis said “We are pleased that the Centre of Biomedical Ethics and Culture of SIUT has been recognized as a Collaborating Center for bioethics, and has thus joined the WHO family. It is not only one of the oldest and most prestigious institutions working on bioethics in the region, but it also has an excellent reputation at an international level.” The Center has great deal to offer to WHO and its work in bioethics. WHO has greatly benefited from the Centre’s expertise and contributions in different areas, such

as ethics in organ transplantation, research ethics, and epidemics - all of which are key priorities of WHO’s work plan. In his address, the WHO country head Dr. Ardakani spoke very warmly of his long association with Pakistan, starting as a medical student at Dow Medical College in the early 1980s when he was a student of Professor Rizvi. He praised SIUT as an example not only for Pakistan but for the entire region, and said that he was impressed that in addition to being a leader in organ transplantation, SIUT was leading the way in bioethics also. Professor Farhat Moazam in her address mentioned that over a span of 13 years since its inception, the Centre has come to be regarded as a national and regional resource for bioethics. The alumni from its academic programs are heading their own bioethics initiatives in their institutions and formed part of the caravan of bioethics that has taken shape in the past few years.

IBoM hosts ‘TransTalk’ to discuss challenges faced by transgender people Karachi sTaFF rePOrT

The Institute of Business Management (IBoM) hosted a speakers’ session event namely “TransTalk” as part of an initiative “ACTCEPT” in an attempt to raise awareness about the transgender community and the problems they confront at the hands of the society. The discussion focused on to discuss a variety of challenges faced by the community, while the members sharing their personal experiences. “We come from the womb same as everyone else. It’s not my parents’ fault either, so why are we thought of as a curse to our families?” asked a transgender a guest speaker, Hiba Khan at Trans Talk. “How often do we sit and question

our gender or sexual identity? Can it be an independent entity, irrespective of our biological sex?” Hiba further questioned. Most of us assume, for lack of further information that our overall sexuality includes our gender, sexual orientation and sexual behavior, and we are always taught to believe within the strict binaries of male and female and the separate social roles associated with both, Hiba described. “Trans sexuality as a phenomenon has gained very little visibility or knowledge in our society – precisely the reason why it’s so easy for us to distance ourselves and laugh at. Our society in fact contains one of the most visible transgender cultures in the world – the ‘Eunuch’ (Hijra) Community. Eunuchs might have an accepted place in our society, however that place

lies at the bottom of the social heap – making them not just a sexual but also a highly deprived social minority,” Hiba lamented. Hijras (Eunuchs) have virtually no safe spaces, not even in their families, where they are protected from prejudice and abuse, and the main factor behind this hatred is the inability of the society to come to terms with the fact that hijras do not conform to the accepted gender divisions, Hiba explained The event was followed by a panel discussion that included well known journalists like Sabin Agha and Mushabir Zaidi and big names from the corporate sector like Fancy Group Director Naaz Fancy, CandyLand Brand Manager Saeed Durrani, Akhuwat Foundation Founder Hira Zainab and other prominent trans


rights activists, one being Nisha Rao. Aaradhiya Khan, one of the trans speakers who was accompanied by her brother, shed light on the society’s attitude towards transgenders and their hatred in the form of bullying, ridiculing, harassment and verbal abuse. The speakers highlighted that the law and the constitution of Pakistan does not discriminate at any level. However, while their rights are guaranteed on paper, members of the transgender community say they do not have these rights in practice and provincial welfare departments have yet to implement the decision, the speakers observed. Naaz Fancy added that awareness and education at a very basic community level could help reduce hatred and increase ac-

ceptance. As a society we are still struggling to fight for women rights from education to employment, therefore, the transgender rights and pleas seem like a far cry. “We have been deprived of education, denied job opportunities, disrespected by the society, and worse we are abandoned by our own families and barred from living a normal human life,” said Faisal Raees, a transgender who works at Akhuwat and earns himself a decent life fighting against all odds. More initiatives like “ACTCEPT” need to be taken at an institutional and educational level to raise awareness for youth, who are more accepting and empathic towards these social issues, and we need t0o have more platforms like Actcept to speak and voice their concerns, Faisal concluded.

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