Technical Education and Vocational Training Authority Act, 2010
(Act X of 2010)
[20 July 2010]
An Act to reorganize
Technical Education and
Whereas it is expedient to reorganize the Punjab Technical Education and
Vocational Training Authority for proper provision of technical education in
the Province and to provide for ancillary matters;
It is enacted
Short title, extent and commencement.– (1) This Act may be
cited as the Punjab Technical Education and Vocational Training Authority
shall extend to the whole of the Punjab.
shall come into force at once.
Definitions.– In this Act,---
means the Punjab Technical Education and Vocational Training Authority;
means the Chairperson of the Authority;
Operating Officer” means the Chief Operating Officer of the Authority;
means a Committee of the Authority;
(e) “Fund” means
the Punjab Technical Education and Vocational Training Authority Fund;
means the Government of the Punjab;
(g) “member” means
a member of the Authority;
means prescribed by the rules or regulations;
means regulations framed under the Act;
(j) “rules” means
rules made under the Act;
(k) “technical education” means the form of education which prepares
students for jobs that are based on manual or practical activities; and
institution” means an institute, college or centre established or maintained
by the Authority.
Incorporation.– (1) The
Government may establish an Authority to be called the Punjab Technical
Education and Vocational Training Authority.
(2) The Authority shall be a body corporate having
perpetual succession and a common seal, with power to enter into agreement,
acquire, hold, manage, and dispose of property, and to sue and be sued in
The Authority shall not dispose of immovable property without prior approval
of the Government and through public auction.
The principal office of the Authority shall be at Lahore,
but the Authority may establish its regional offices at such other places in
the Punjab as it may consider necessary for
the accomplishment of the objectives of the Act.
Notwithstanding anything contained in this Act, the Authority may transfer a
technical institution to the Government or to a body or an authority, owned
or controlled by the Government.]
of the Authority.– (1) The
Authority shall consist of a Chairperson, and not less than seven and not
more than fifteen members
at least thirty-three percent female members]
to be appointed by the Government.
The Government shall nominate not less than three Secretaries to the
Government as ex-officio members of the Authority.
The Government shall appoint the members, other than ex-officio
members, for a term not exceeding three years and determine the terms a
nd conditions of such
The members shall serve during the pleasure of the Government.
member, other than an ex-officio member, may resign from his office
by a notice in writing to the Government and his seat shall fall vacant on
the acceptance of the resignation.
member shall not, directly or indirectly, receive any profit from his
position as the member except such fee, allowances and other expenses
incurred by him in the performance of his duties as may be prescribed.
Notwithstanding anything contained in sub-section (1), the Authority may,
with the prior approval of the Government, co-opt any other person as
(8)The Chief Operating Officer shall be member-secretary of the
of the Authority.– (1) The
(a) provide technical education as it may deem fit, and make provisions
for research, service to the society and for the application, advancement
and dissemination of technical education in all sectors of economy including
industry, commerce and trade, agriculture and livestock, and services
sectors in such manner as it may determine;
establish and maintain technical institutions, and regulate and administer
the institutions under the control of the Authority at the commencement of
establish and support other facilities for technical education, training
including teachers’ pre-service and in-service training and research;
prescribe courses of studies and develop curricula for technical education
and may solicit collaboration from other national and international
establish and maintain technical institutions for promoting innovation in
technology adoption, and shall provide common facilitation centres and
training the workforce in new technologies as per market demand;
(f) decide teaching methods and strategies to ensure effective technical,
educational and training programmes including foreign training;
prescribe the terms and conditions of employment of the officers, teachers
and other employees of the Authority;
(h) take initiatives for placement of trainees or graduates and provide
career counselling and job search services to the students and alumni;
maintain linkages with alumni;
(j) establish linkages with national and international institutions
and organisations for the development of technical and vocational education
and training system and seeking accreditation or recognition of standards
and equivalence to create an internationally employable workforce;
take initiatives for welfare of its employees in any manner it deems
provide and support the academic development of the faculty of the technical
institute and award financial assistance to students in need, fellowships,
scholarships, bursaries, medals and prizes in the prescribed manner;
provide for the residence of the students, establish and maintain halls of
residence and may approve or licence a hostel, lodging or boarding place;
(o) maintain order, discipline and security in the technical institutions;
promote the extracurricular and recreational activities of the students and
make arrangements for promoting health and general welfare of the students;
demand and receive such fees and other charges as it may determine; and
perform such other functions as may be ancillary, or as may be prescribed by
the rules or as may be assigned by the Government.
Notwithstanding anything contained in the Punjab Board of Technical
Education Ordinance 1962 (XXXIX of 1962), the Authority shall be the
Controlling Authority of the Punjab Board of Technical Education under the
(1) The Government shall appoint a Chairperson for a period not exceeding
five years on such terms and conditions as the Government may determine.
The Chairperson shall hold office during the pleasure of the Government but
shall not be removed without notice and opportunity of hearing.
The Chairperson may resign his office subject to one month prior notice in
writing to the Government or on payment of one month’s pay in lieu of the
(a) shall be
the Chief Executive of the Authority and shall be responsible for the
management, administration and day to day affairs of the Authority; and
exercise such powers as are assigned under the Act or are delegated by the
Authority or as may be prescribed.
The Chairperson may delegate any of his powers under the Act to any officer
of the Authority.
Operating Officer.– (1) The
Government shall appoint a Chief Operating Officer of the Authority for a
period not exceeding three years on such terms and conditions as the
Government may determine.
The Chief Operating Officer shall hold office during the pleasure of the
Government but shall not be removed without notice and opportunity of
Notwithstanding the expiration of the term, the Chief Operating Officer
shall continue to hold office on the same terms and conditions for a period
of three months or till his successor enters upon office, whichever is
The Chief Operating Officer may resign his office subject to one month’s
prior notice in writing to the Government or on payment of one month’s pay
in lieu of the notice.
The Chief Operating Officer shall–
(a) perform such functions as are assigned to him under the
such powers as are delegated by the Authority or as may be prescribed.
person shall be appointed or shall continue as the Chairperson, Chief
Operating Officer, or member, if he,---
(a) has been
convicted of an offence involving moral turpitude; or
(b) has been
found guilty of misconduct; or
(c) has been
declared to be of unsound mind by a competent court; or
(d) has been or is
adjudged as un-discharged insolvent; or
(e) is incapable
of discharging his duties by reason of physical or mental infirmity and has
been so declared by a Special Medical Board appointed by the Government; or
(f) is an
employee or member of the staff of the Authority other than the Chairperson,
and the Chief Operating Officer; or
(g) fails to
disclose to the Authority any conflict of interest with the Authority within
three days of his knowledge of the conflict of interest; or
disqualified by the order of a court to hold any public office; or
(i) has been
dismissed from the service of Pakistan or service of any Provincial
Government or a body or authority under a Provincial or Federal Government;
(j) fails to
attend more than three consecutive meetings of the Authority without leave.
(1) The Authority shall regulate the procedure for its meetings.
meeting of the Authority shall be held at such time and place as the
Chairperson or the majority of members may determine.
Members shall have reasonable notice of the time and place of the meeting
and the matters on which a decision by the Authority shall be taken in such
The Chairperson shall preside over a meeting of the Authority; and, in the
absence of the Chairperson, the members present in the meeting may select an
acting Chairperson for the meeting.
Five members, including the Chairperson or the acting Chairperson, shall
constitute the quorum for a meeting of the Authority.
The Authority shall take decisions by the majority of its members present
and voting, and in case of a tie, the person presiding the meeting shall
have a casting vote.
The Authority shall cause minutes to be kept of proceedings of every meeting
of the Authority and of every meeting of a committee established by the
The Chief Operating Officer shall maintain a complete record of the minutes
and the decisions of the Authority in the prescribed manner.
The proceedings of a meeting of the Authority shall not be invalid merely on
account of any vacancy or defect in the constitution of the Authority.
10. Committees of
The Authority may constitute
committees of its members and entrust them such functions and powers as it
may deem fit.
The Authority may, subject to such conditions and limitations as it may
deem fit to impose, delegate any of its powers or functions to the
Chairperson, Chief Operating Officer, a committee, or one or more members,
except the power to,---
(a) frame, amend
or repeal regulations;
(b) constitute a
committee or fill a vacancy in a committee;
(c) take policy
(d) approve the
annual budget, audited accounts and the annual reports.
12. Technical Experts.-
The Authority or any of its committees may invite any technical expert or
other person possessing specialized knowledge of any subject or the
representative of a Government institution for assistance in the performance
of its functions.
(1) The Authority may employ such persons as may be necessary for the
efficient performance of its functions in such manner and on such terms and
conditions as may be prescribed.
The employees of the Authority shall hold office during the pleasure of the
Authority and shall, subject to notice and opportunity of hearing, be liable
to such disciplinary action as may be prescribed.
(3) The Authority may, in the manner prescribed, absorb
in its service an employee who is on deputation with the Authority, subject
to the consent of the employee and prior approval of the Government or the
The terms and conditions of service of an employee, on absorption, shall not
be less favourable than those admissible to the employee immediately before
his absorption in the service of the Authority.
The Authority shall, through adoption of policies of hiring freeze,
reassignment restructuring of institutions, non-replacement of employees
retiring upon attainment of age of superannuation and providing incentives
for early retirement, bring the number of its employees in conformity with
the requirements of the Authority.
The terms and condition of service of the employees on deputation with the
Authority shall be such as may be prescribed.
(1) There shall be established a
Fund to be known as the Punjab Technical Education and Vocational Training
Authority Fund which shall be administered and controlled by the Authority.
The Fund shall consist of,---
budgetary releases from the Government;
other than budgetary releases, from the Government;
from the Federal Government;
or grants from any person, local, national or international organization or
charges, fines, confiscations, shares in profits, donations and gifts.
Chairperson shall prepare annual budget comprising the likely income and
expenditures for the ensuing financial year and submit it to the Authority
for approval in the form and manner as may be prescribed.
16. Bank accounts.–
The Authority may open and maintain
its accounts at such scheduled banks as it may determine.
(1) The Authority shall maintain proper accounts and other records relating
to its financial affairs including its income and expenditures and its
assets and liabilities in such form and manner as may be prescribed.
soon as may be, after the end of each financial year, the Authority, in the
manner prescribed, shall cause to be prepared for that financial year
statements of account of the Authority which shall include a balance-sheet
and an account of income and expenditure.
(1) The Auditor General of
shall annually audit the accounts of the Authority.
The Government, in addition to the audit under sub-section (1), may cause
the annual accounts of the Authority audited, in the prescribed manner, by a
Chartered Accountant or a firm of Chartered Accountants selected from the
list, approved by the State Bank of
19. Annual report.-
(1) The Authority shall, within
three months of the close of a financial year, submit to the Government an
The report shall consist of,---
statement of accounts under section 17 of this Act;
comprehensive statement of the work and activities of the Authority during
the preceding financial year; and
other matters as may be prescribed and as the Authority may consider
The Government shall, within two months of receiving the report from the
Authority, shall give notice for laying the report in the Provincial
Assembly of the Punjab, and shall lay the
report before the Assembly in its first available session.
A person aggrieved by an order of the Authority may, within thirty days
of the communication of the order, prefer an appeal to the Government whose
decision shall be final.
21. Public servants.–
The Chairperson, Chief Operating
Officer, members, officers, employees and other persons authorized to
perform or exercise any function or power under this Act, or rendering
services to the Authority as agents, advisors or consultants, shall be
deemed to be public servants within the meanings of section 21 of the
Pakistan Penal Code 1860 (XLV of 1860).
All acts done, orders passed or proceedings taken by the Authority in
good faith, shall be final and shall not be called in question in any court
by a suit or otherwise.
23. Power to make
rules.– The Government may, by
notification, make rules for carrying out the purposes of this Act.
24. Power to frame
regulations.– Subject to
this Act and the rules, the Authority may frame regulations for the
efficient performance of its functions under the Act.
25. Removal of
difficulties.– If any difficulty
arises in giving effect to any provision of this Act, the Government may
make such order as may be necessary for removing the difficulty.
26. Repeal, saving
and succession.– (1) The Punjab
Technical Education and Vocational Training Authority Ordinance 1999 (XLV of
1999) is hereby repealed.
Notwithstanding the repeal of the Ordinance XLV of 1999,---
action taken or order or appointment made under the repealed Ordinance shall
be deemed to have been taken or made under this Act;
(b) all rights, properties, assets or liabilities of the Punjab
Technical Education and Vocational Training Authority established under the
repealed Ordinance shall stand transferred to the Authority;
(c) all employees of the Punjab Technical Education and
Vocational Training Authority established under the repealed Ordinance shall
be deemed to be the employees of the Authority; and
(d) the employees of the Government, transferred to the Punjab
Technical Education and Vocational Training Authority under the repealed
Ordinance, shall continue to be the employees of the Government unless
absorbed in the service of the Authority.