iACT Project

 HUF-CDGK’s iACT project all set

By Jamil Khan | KARACHI

THE city government has finally entered into the orbit to face and resolve the issues facing by the young generation especially belong the low and middle income groups and have very limited opportunities to take part in the national economy.
In this regard, the city government in collaboration of private organization, Habib University Foundation (HUF) has started the Institute for Advancing Careers and Talents (iACT) in Malir Town to cater the needs of young students lacking the opportunities to impart training of today’s job market expertise.
The institute has been operational since last six months as its first phase and offered different courses at subsidized tuition fees from the range of Rs200 to Rs1650 for per course. In the first phase, the management has started courses of fashion designing to cover basic and advance courses, textile designing with fabric painting, tie and dye, batik work, silk painting and cotton lawn treatment as well as screen printing, call center training and various computer related courses including graphic designing, office automation-basic, web designing and development. Besides this, the management has also started retail store management course to train the students and incorporate in the market expanding day-by-day as new modern departmental stores have made their place in the local market.
Nooruddin B. Merchant, the Project Director told Daily Times that the institute is a youth development project aiming to enhance entrepreneurship and technical skills of youth so as to equip them with skills for the job market.
He further said that their integral focus on self development, confidence building, and team building activities for students through their ‘Skill for Life’ programme. “Besides all this theory exercise, we also help students for internships and field experiences as these are essential component of the iACT’s operation as it connects skilled young people to the job market,” he said. Giving the details how the dream of this institute come true, he said that in October 2007, the Community Development Department of city government had given this building using as Pilot Social Welfare Complex to Habib University Foundation for housing iACT.
“Even though some rooms of this building spread on almost one-acre being used as some courses but the number of students and the pathetic condition of structure was portraying any sad story. Not a single door and window was in good shape while plaster of roofs and walls had also shattered. So far, we had spent around Rs17 million on the renovation of the building as well as equipped this institute with the facilit ies of IT Lab, call center classrooms with lab, seminar hall with multimedia and WiFi internet connection, lawns, canteen and material shop,” Merchant said. The work on additional rooms to start the courses for ceramics and pottery studio, library and kitchen for culinary classes is underway and within next couple of months the classes would be started, he mentioned.
However, presently the iACT has enrolled total 134 students belongs to different areas of Saudabad, Malir while the registration for the phase two courses have also been started.
“In the second phase, to be started from August 2008, the classes of digital media, retail store management, English language, graphics for desktop publishing and web designing courses will be started as diploma courses spread on 3-month, 6-months and 12-months period,” he said.
Presently, the classes as summer camps have been in full capacity as students enjoying the real academic environment in the classes of information technology, fashion designing, textile designing, one-day textile designing course, mehndi, handicrafts, English Speaking Club and cooking in which 425 students admitted.
Sidra Wali, the Marketing and Public Relations Coordinator told that the two adjacent plots have been given to the institute to expand its academic facilities to the students as its future planning.
-Published in Daily Times | July 04, 2008

~ by jamilkhan on July 4, 2008.

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