Solar technology GIZ to establish center of excellence

Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) has shown the interest for establishing Centre of Excellence in Punjab for the provision of training of solar technology, Chairman Technical Education and Vocational Training Authority (TEVTA) Irfan Qaiser Sheikh has revealed this.

Irfan Qaiser Shiekh, while addressing a meeting at Tevta secretariat said that the Centre of Excellence will not only impart technical education regarding solar technology but it would also help making Pakistan self-dependent in this field. Currently we are importing solar system from China and other countries, he added.

Irfan said that country is overcoming from energy crises; however, we will be able to end the crises only if we would move towards renewable energy resources for electricity generation. He said that among renewable energy resources, solar energy is most important as unlimited energy can be produced with it.

Chairman TEVTA said that we should train our youth in the field of repairing, maintenance and making of solar system which would make Pakistan self-dependent in this respective field. He also said that in this regard a meeting was held recently with GIZ officials and GIZ has shown its interest in solar technology as they wanted to establish a centre of excellence in Punjab in collaboration with TEVTA.

Irfan further said that feasibility and fact finding has already been completed which would help in selecting the place for this centre. Talking about importance of training in solar technology, Irfan observed that this centre will not only provide international standard training to youth of Punjab, but it they can also have immediate job opportunities after getting training in solar technology.

Irfan said that GIZ had already provided training of solar technology to 3,000 student and trained 72 instructors at 32 institutions. It also established 24 solar labs across Punjab, he told adding that the services of GIZ in the Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) sector in commendable as this is the example of Pak German friendship.s