By Abdul Qadir Qureshi
(Pakistan News & Features Services)
The Sir Syed University of Engineering and Technology (SSUET), Karachi, has launched an extensive in-house skill development programme for its employees to overcome the problem of over-staffing on one hand and meet the shortage of skilled persons in various departments on the other.
Under the programme, a first batch of 30 employees, mostly computer operators and office assistants is undergoing training in short hand writing and secretarial procedures.
The training is being conducted by instructors who include three senior stenographers under the supervision of Deputy Controller Examination, Irfan Naqvi, who used to be a private secretary to Secretary Local Government, Sindh.
According to Registrar Shah Mahmood Hussain Syed, this ongoing programme will continue for six months after which the trainee will be subjected to a test and successful of them will be awarded certificates. They will also be considered for future promotions.
He said the university is faced with shortage of shorthand writers and this training program will help overcome the problem.
Under the skill development programme, the University has trained 18 machine operators in maintenance and upkeep of various machines. They were imparted training through reputed GENCO and Siemens solutions.
The programme also includes three-day training in examination system, item writing, MCQ Bank and Marking.
The three-day course will be conducted in consultation with Thomas Christy, Professor Emiratus from Manchester with Dr Amin Rehmani as training coordinator.
The university has also conducted two courses under Pakistan Procurement Regulatory Authority (PEPRA) whereby three employees were trained in Finance, Procurement and Audit.
Another 50 employees will be imparted training in fire fighting. The training will be carried out in consultation with Chief Fire Officer KMC.
An interesting course will also be conducted in waiting for hospitality in consultation with a reputed hotel at Karachi Airport.
“The purpose of these skill development programmes is to train the university’s surplus staff so as to accommodate them in areas facing deficiencies in related fields,” Shah Mahmood explained.