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SSGC's CSR team visits Hunar Foundation's Rashidabad Campus

January 5, 2017, Rashidabad: SSGC's GM CSR Mr. Shahbaz Islam, DGM CSR SSGC Mr. Salman A. Siddiqui and Chief Manager Muhammad Ali Gohar visited Hunar Foundation’s Rashidabad campus in Dist. Tando Allahyar. The team visited the campus and interacted with students while Acting Principal Mr. Liaquat Rabbani briefed the guests regarding the prospective students at the institute.

Hunar Foundation signs MoU with OGDCL

Islamabad: Hunar Foundation, Pakistan and Oil and Gas Development Company Limited (OGDCL) signed a Memorandum of Understanding on Wednesday, December 21, 2016. This programme is for studious and under privileged students and the HEC will implement this programme. Besides, the OGDCL will fund vocational training programme at Hunar Foundation for 69 students of District Hyderabad, Sanghar, Ghotki & Tando Allahyar to provide vocational training of International standards at Vocational Institute located in Rashidabad, Tando Allahyar. OGDCL will provide Rs141 million for this programme with HEC and Hunar Foundation.

Mr. Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, Federal Minister for Petroleum and Natural Resources was the chief guest of the MoU signing ceremony attended by Dr. Mukhtar Ahmed, Chairman HEC, Dr. Arshad Ali, Executive Director HEC, Mr. Zahid Mir, Managing Director OGDCL and Ms. Jaffer, Board of Trustees Hunar Foundation along with Yahya Hussain, Deputy Manager Resource Mobilization Department.

Earlier in his welcome address, Mr. Zahid Mir highlighted the salient features of the scholarship programme. He said the OGDCL planned to spend one percent of their pretax profit on their CSR initiatives. He also mentioned the organisation's scholarship programme last year which produced a great results, hoping that the current programme will also be of great weight and substance.

A visit to Hunar from Cambridge Education

Mr. Richard Hanson, Senior Education Programmes Advisor at Cambridge Education (a member of the Mott MacDonald Group), visited Hunar Foundation corporate office and the DMS Technical Institute to learn more about the organisation.

Mr. Hanson was briefed on the work that Hunar Foundation has done by the CEO Javed Hassan who was accompanied by Mr. Adnan Asdar, one of the Board of Trustees of Hunar. He also discussed the curriculum and learning strategy of Cambridge Education with Nabeel Zafar, Sr. Manager Academics & Quality Assurance.

Mr. Hanson is looking to link Cambridge Education’s TVET portfolio in Cambridge and Arnhem with Hunar to explore the possibilities for partnership with Hunar.

National Bank Signs MoU with Hunar Foundation

National Bank of Pakistan (NBP) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Hunar Foundation with the objective to offer its alumni with the PM Youth Business Loan (PMYBL) scheme. The scheme is aimed at empowering youth and poor segments of population to set up small businesses.

Speaking at the occasion Mr. Javed Hassan, CEO Hunar Foundation said, “The vision of Hunar Foundation is to see a Skilled Pakistan. We take great pains to provide technical training to young men and women from lesser privileged areas of the country and have them certified by globally recognized accreditation like City & Guilds, UK. Another aim is to make them well rounded individuals by teaching them Life Skills, Basic English and Maths and preparing them for interviews. We appreciate the initiative of NBP in providing Hunar Foundation’s Alumni loans to set up own businesses, and I personally thank Mr. Mudassir Khan and his organization for taking this initiative.”

Mr. Mudassir Khan SEVP/ Group Chief CRBG said, “The creation of multiple job opportunities signifies the strength and steadiness of overall economic performance. A country’s capacity to generate employment depends upon its available human, technological and financial resources, combined with institutional strategies to achieve sustained economic growth. NBP takes pride in leading the PMYBL Scheme and being a catalyst for employment generation and poverty reduction.”

SSGC extends further support to the Hunar cause

During the past two years SSGCL has sponsored a total of 23 students who were extensively trained, and are now employed with leading organisations. This year, SSGCL is supporting 25 students at Hunar Foundation’s HAK Technical Institute, Rashidabad, (Dist. Tando Allahyar).

For this notable cause, a symbolic cheque handing over ceremony was held at SSGCL House on December 31, 2015. The Managing Director SSGCL Mr. Khalid Rahman handed the cheque to Mr. Javed Hassan, CEO Hunar Foundation, and extended his complete support to the mission of Hunar.

The SSGC CSR and Marketing Communications team then visited Hunar Foundation and Shahbaz Islam, General Manager CSR and Marketing Communications handed over the actual cheque to Javed Hassan, CEO Hunar Foundation.

The team toured the Hunar Foundation Karachi institute and impressed with the teaching facilities and techniques have entered into talks with Hunar for an even more extensive partnership on other aspects of training.

HUBCO & CPHGC together increase sponsorship of students

The Hub Power Company (HUBCO) has signed an MOU with Hunar Foundation, Karachi to increase their sponsorship of students living near Hub Power Plant, Baluchistan, from 10 to 50.

HUBCO will cover their tuition fee, boarding and lodging charges, for a period of one year at Hunar Foundation’s Delhi Mercantile Society Technical Institute and the Hajiani Ashraf Khatoon Technical Institute in Rashidabad, (Tando Allahyar district). Hunar will assist and facilitate accommodation for these students.

The selected students will get trainings in the trades in which their competency and aptitude test is judged best for. The students will also get career guidance and life skills training as is the standard curriculum of all institutes in Hunar Foundation.

With an extensive CSR and community outreach program, HUBCO and CMHGC aim to improve the living standards of the local community by offering them opportunities of development through capacity building and competency enhancement vocational trainings.

To inspire young entrepreneurs, Shell Tameer conducted a series of workshops at Hunar Foundation’s Hajiani Ashraf Khatoon, Technical Institute in Rashidabad.

The motive of these training sessions was to educate the trainees, polish their skills and guide them to start small startups.

During the series, the trainers Mr. Imran Azeem and Mr. Saifullah Malik taught the students various ways of setting up personal businesses, along with problem solving & innovation. The participants were also trained to make a financial feasibility report by Mr. Uzair, Sr. Consultant, SMEDA. The trainees received certificates of participation.

Shell Tameer has given financial packages of Rs. 20,000 to each student who successfully participated in this program from which a tool kit was bought by Hunar Foundation and gifted to the students. Hunar Foundation management and especially students greatly appreciated team Shell Tameer for the gracious support and guidance.

It may be mentioned that Shell Tameer encourages a diverse business environment by developing entrepreneurial skills in young people aged 18-32.

Mr. Fritz conducts workshops in Refrigeration & A/C

Hunar Foundation has always showed keen interest in bringing in the best faculty when it comes to the training and development of either its trainers or its trainees.

Recently at the Delhi Mercantile Society – Technical Institute, in Karachi the management and staff were honored to host a German expert, Mr. Hans-Lorenz Fritz; who conducted workshops in the campus for trainees who were enrolled in Refrigeration and Air Conditioning courses.

Mr. Fritz is a qualified expert in the fields of heating, ventilation and air conditioning technology. In recent years, he has traveled and conducting training in Moldova, Thailand and the People's Republic of China. He presents his knowledge under the banner ‘Senior Expert Services’ in which he facilitates training sessions for professionals across the borders.

During the sessions at Hunar Foundation, Mr. Fritz also mentored the students one-on-one and shared his professional experiences. The students have been delighted and feel better equipped after the completion of the workshops.

Everyone at Hunar Foundation is indebted to Mr. Hans-Lorenz Fritz for successfully conducting the workshops stretching from 4th April to 23rd April 2016.

On his last day Mrs Fritz was presented with a bouquet and a gift and souvenirs from the management, staff of the institute and the students.

Hunar Foundation has recently joined hands with GIZ

and has introduced Cooperative Vocational Training (CVT) Program in Mechanical Manufacturing and specialised CNC Trade under TVET Support Programme. This is a two-year program where trainees will be selected to get one year training at Hunar Foundation’s DMS Technical Institute, Karachi and spend the next year getting On-The-Job training.

As this program requires partners from the industry who subsidize the cost of the training and give OJT opportunity to students in the second year, four companies – OJ (Omar Jibran) Engineering, PROCON, SuperTech and NES Engineering have teamed up with Hunar Foundation for this inaugural program.

An awareness and admission campaign was run in newspapers and through handbills that attracted a large number of potential students for the test out of which the first batch was selected to start classes from January 2016.

The program is now into its fifth month and the students will soon be working on actual CNC machines that Hunar Foundation is procuring as well as simulators. Normally institutes take students to existing facilities for CNC machine training. But Hunar management felt that presence of machine and simulator on campus would allow for more hours on the machine rather than be constrained by the time granted by any other facility.

This is in line with the Trustees and management’s vision that the students get the best and latest equipment and machinery at the campus itself. The next batch of Cooperative Vocational Training (CVT) Program in Mechanical Manufacturing and specialised CNC Trade will begin in July for which the admission campaign will begin in early June.

Career Fair and Open Day at DMSTI

Hunar Foundation not only offers vocational training to the youth, but also helps them with job placement.

To help facilitate the students better, a career fair was held at Hunar foundation’s DMS Technical Institute, Karachi. Around 75 recent graduates’ alumni attended the event out of which 35 individuals were selected and offered jobs on the spot and the rest called for second interviews.

Some of the latter part of candidates were also offered jobs outside the job fair as Hunar Foundation’s Industrial Linkages and Placement office also arranges interviews at the premises of companies and buses Hunar graduates to locations as far away as Port Qasim and Hub.

With the start of the new session in all institutes an Open Day was held where parents of admitted students were invited for tea and snacks and given a guided tour of the campus. It was refreshing to see the parents’

happiness that their son was going to study in the same environment and comfort that the children of high net worth individuals do; in some cases better than those schools.

The 5th International CSR Summit & Awards 2016 took place at Marriott Hotel Karachi on February 11th, 2016.

Hunar was proud to be part of the CSR gallery with our exclusive information desk to raise awareness about the foundation’s mission, and contribution towards a skilled Pakistan.

The achievements of Hunar were showcased, and the team interacted and networked with industry personnel to raise awareness about the foundation’s mission, and contribution towards a skilled Pakistan.

Some important breakthroughs were made and some key people running initiatives that allied with Hunar Foundation’s vision expressed their desire to move further and partner with Hunar Foundation for achievement of their common goals.

The event was well attended by leading corporate CEO's, Government officials, Consulate Generals, CSR experts and renowned philanthropists.

Inclusion of Sahib Dad Abdul Mannan Khan Technical Institute

(SDAMKTI) among Hunar Foundation campuses: Pursuing its mission to set up a network of technical training Centers of Excellence across Pakistan, Hunar Foundation has successfully launched its fifth institute named Sahib Dad Abdul Mannan Khan Technical Institute at Karambagh, Kharian.

Classes will start in July 2016 and currently the admission process is on. The initial courses there will be Mechanical and Electrical and the labs there have been fully equipped to match the international standards required. New courses will be introduced in January 2017 in line with needs of local industry and where there is potential for entrepreneurship by the young graduates.

Karambagh is an initiative of the Dad family, especially brothers Shahid and Arshad, in memory of their father Sahib Dad Abdul Mannan Khan, a former military officer in Pakistan Army.

Hunar Foundation hosted an exclusive screening of Anwar Maqsood’s acclaimed play ‘Siachen’ at the Arts Council of Pakistan.

The event was made possible by Anwar Maqsood generously offering it to Hunar Foundation asking only for rental charges of Arts Council for the evening. At the end of the play he even returned that to Hunar Foundation as a gesture and marking it his contribution to Hunar Foundation.

The event was well attended by partners and cause supporters of Hunar Foundation, including Consul General US, some more foreign guests and well known personalities and celebrities. A five minute documentary of Hunar Foundation was shown prior to the play and one of Hunar Foundation‘s Trustees, Mr. Shahid Abdullah, spoke about Hunar’s vision for “A Skilled Pakistan’.

Two former students also shared their amazing learning experience at the Hunar Foundation and explained how it had helped them become better human beings with the all-round grooming. The young man is now working for a multinational and also pursuing higher studies while the girl who did a Beautician’s course was working full time in a beauty parlour and has now got a highly paid job in Dubai also in a beauty parlour chain there.

One of the Trustees of Hunar Foundation, Mr. Abbas Akberali, owner of Amreli Steels, also announced at the end of the play a donation by his company of Rs. 25 million to Hunar Foundation to establish a new institute. It may be mentioned that he also made the announcement that his company, Amreli Steels, will sponsor 10 students annually in Hunar Foundation…..till perpetuity!!

The Friends of Hunar, comprising of spouses and other friends of the Trustees, who were the force behind this event in terms of organizing and selling tickets, also presented a small gift to each cast and crew member. The gift was an item made by the students of Hunar Foundation.

Anwar Maqsood encouraged the audience to visit Hunar Foundation’s facility to observe the trainings provided to the deserving and needy students.

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