Industrial Consultation Workshop on Capacity Building and Skills Enhancement for Engineers at ICCI
The Islamabad Chamber of Commerce & Industry (ICCI) in collaboration with Pakistan Engineering Council (PEC) organized Industrial Consultation Workshop on Capacity Building and Skills Enhancement of Engineers. Engr. Dr. Ashfaq Ahmed Sheikh Additional Registrar Pakistan Engineering Council, Dr. Shoaib Ahmed Siddiqui Convener, PEC Committee on Engineers Skills Development (ESDC), Engr. Dr. Ali Sajid Co-Convener ESDC, Engr. Tahir Shamshad Ex-President NESPAK, members of engineers’ community, representatives of industry and various organizations were present at the occasion. Addressing the workshop, Tahir Abbasi, Acting President, Islamabad Chamber of Commerce & Industry said that engineers were playing important role in the economic development of countries. However, he said that in Pakistan, universities were more focused on theoretical education of engineers due to which they were unable to perform up to the requirements of industry. He stressed that universities in collaboration with industry should give more focus on practical education and training of engineers that would improve their employability and lead to better growth of industry. He emphasized that engineers should find out solutions of industry problems to promote industrial efficiency. Saif ur Rahman Khan, Vice President ICCI said that Chamber was ready to cooperate with PEC for providing internship to engineers in industrial sector so that they could get practical experience and play effective role in industrial development. Dr. Shoaib Ahmed Siddiqui Convener-ESDC, Engr. Dr. Ali Sajid Co-Convener ESDC and Engr. Tahir Shamshad Ex-President NESPAK said that engineers were needed to achieve global skills including problem-solving, decision making, communication, motivation, leadership, team building, people management, goal setting etc. They stressed that universities should inculcate innovative thinking, analytical thinking and critical thinking in engineers that were very important for absorption in current market. Engr. Dr. Ashfaq Ahmed Sheikh, Additional Registrar, Pakistan Engineering Council said that ICCI should cooperate with PEC in absorbing engineers as interns in local industry. He said that PEC was earnestly working for the professional growth and skill enhancement of growing engineering community. He said that PEC was working to develop a comprehensive mechanism for skills development of engineers and today’s workshop was a part of consultation with stakeholders to know about new ideas for capacity building and skills enhancement of engineers. The representatives of industry, engineering community and various organizations also spoke at the occasion and presented many proposals to improve the employability of engineers so that they could play more productive role in the nation building.