Pervez Khattak – Chief Minister of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa inaugurated Captain Asfand Yar Bokhari Shaheed Vocational Training Centre on Thursday at PAF Camp Badaber. It is situated in a remote location in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa which was previously one of the strongholds of terrorists in the region. This showcases Pakistani Army’s resolve to fight terrorism and their overall progress in the fight against terror.
The inauguration ceremony also included prominent individuals such as, Air Chief Marshal Sohail Aman- Chief of Air Staff, Asad Qaisar – Speaker Provincial Assembly, Provincial Ministers, Senators, Lt General Hidayat ur Rehman – Corps Commander Peshawar.Family members of Captain Asfand Yar Bokhari (Shaheed) and Badaber Shuhdaa were also present at the event.
Air Marshal Farooq Habib – Deputy Chief of the Air Staff (Training), informed the attendees of the salient features of the institute in his welcome speech.
Air Chief while addressing the participants stated,
“PAF has always come up to the expectations of the nation whether it is relief operations in national disasters or operations against the militants.
Provision of technical training has become a new dimension of the services of Pakistan Air Force towards the nation-building during peace. The objective is to address the issues of poverty and unemployment through human resource development in the areas of technical and vocational training.”
He added further, “this institute reminds us of our worthy heroes from Pakistan Air Force and Pakistan Army who laid down their lives to safeguard the personnel and assets of this camp. Establishment of this institute is a step forward in the mission of providing technical education to the unemployed youth to enable them to become productive and useful citizens of Pakistan”.
Moreover, while addressing the gathering, the Chief Minister of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa said that Pakistan could only progress if an efficient system is established, which will focus on providing equal opportunities to all individuals in the country, along with eliminating poverty as a barrier to quality education.
The Chief Minister’s inspiring speech highlighted the importance of youth in the successful development of Pakistan, where he stated,
“If our younger generation is given skill and technical training, they can stand on their feet and earn their living in an honorable manner. In this way, they become an effective and responsible organ of the society with restored honor and dignity and ultimately contribute positively towards the progress as a nation.”
Financial grant was announced for the establishment of meat processing plant and the training center, where he voiced his resolve to leave no stone unturned to find best employment opportunities for these boys in Pakistan and abroad.
Captain Asfand Yar Bokhari Shaheed Vocational Training Centre has been established at PAF Camp, Badaber by Pakistan Air Force in collaboration with the Technical Educational and Vocational Training Authority.
The Centre aims to offer quality training in 16 distinct fields which includes training on refrigeration, air conditioning, carpentry, auto electrician/mechanic, welding, tailoring, plumbing, construction machinery maintenance/operating and electrician.
Another important initiative was to make the selection criteria for the Centre very lenient due to the backwardness and lack of resources in the area and the Centre will provide free education to all the students.
Pakistan Air Force has shown that the institution is not only involved in defending the nation, but is also concerned about its development, therefore PAF has provided the building, teaching staff and funds for the smooth functioning of the Centre that will impart technical education and practical training to local youth to equip them with adequate knowledge and skills to receive employment in national and international markets or start their independent business.