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Technical Education has been known vital for the progress and prosperity of a nation it is quite evident in this era of Science and Technology that the quantum of progress in Scientific and Technological pursuit has taken as an index of a nation, s self sufficiency prosperity and supremacy in the world.

If we have to progress it requires a very strong base for quality Technical fields. So as to produce adequately trained Technical Man Power in order to supplement research and Development efforts, Pakistan inherited very few Technical Institutions in 1947; this part of country (NWFP) was particularly neglected. Council of Technical Education of Pakistan started Functioning in 1947-1948 on the recommendation of this Council initial steps were taken which laid the foundation of Technical Education in NWFP.

However it was not befor 1971 that a Full – Fledged Directorate of Technical Education was created by an administrative order.

The Directorate of Manpower and Training was component of Directorate of Labour welfare till May 1986,in June 1986 Separate Directorate of Manpower and Training was established. The Directorate of Technical Education NWFP has been transferred from Education Department to industries Department, as its attached department with effect from 01.07.2001. Directorate of Technical Education was renamed as Directorate of Technical Education and Manpower Training after merger with Manpower and Training on 09.02.2002.

At present beside Technical Teachers Training College and Govt: Advance Technical Training Centre, 78 different institutions are imparting Commerce, Technical Education and Vocational Training at different level, under the Directorate of Technical Education.

Another important segment of this Department is Apprenticeship Training Wing promulgated under Apprenticeship Ordinance 1962 under which an employer undertakes to employ a person and to train him or have him trained systematically in an apprentice-able trade for a period the duration of which had been fixed in advance and in the course of which the apprentice is bound to work in the employer’s service. This particular training programme is 100% practical oriented and is successfully running.