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.