The School of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering (SMME) Mechanical Resource Centre organized a four week vocational training course for electrician, welder and machinist from 6th August to 28th August 2014 at MRC SMME NUST H-12 campus Islamabad. The classes were held four days a week, from Monday to Thursday.
A total of 49 students were registered free of cost for a four week course, however due to the unforeseen political situation in Islamabad, only 42 students were able to attend the course fully. The students came from various underprivileged backgrounds. There were very few students who had some diploma certification in their respective fields. However, a majority of the students were matriculate pass. The course was completely designed in Urdu language as to cater everyone.
A 2 hour entrepreneurship workshop for the participants was also arranged on 20th August. Lecturer Majid from NUST Business School (NBS) delivered the lecture. The workshop was based on basic entrepreneurship skills. Mr. Majid also guided the participants on how to run a small business, how to sought funding sources, cost-effective marketing techniques etc. to use the skill that they are learning from the course in order to become financially independent and support their families.
The pass percentage of the course was 100%. A small ceremony was also arranged at MRC on 28th August, Wednesday. The successful candidates were distributed certificates. Engr. Naveed, in charge of DMRC and the head of this training workshop lauded the efforts of his staff and urged to continue with their efforts to use this skill to help themselves. Dr Irtiza, Faculty Head of NUST Community Service Club (NCSC) also congratulated Engr. Naveed for his efforts and stressed upon the need to work hard.
The students were overall very satisfied with the course and all of them were positive that they would use these skills and lessons learnt from this workshop in order to be economically independent.