25-27 Feb 2021
20-21/OLICP-02 (Online In-Country Program)
The participants of this ICP are composed of NAVTTC officials and TVET institutes’ principals and departments’ heads of employment-promoting TVET organizations of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan.


Accreditation, as one of the three primary modes of quality assurance, is often considered a step towards establishing a culture of quality – sustained and maintained by defining objectives, developing capacity to achieve them, and evaluating whether they are achieved or not. Being a gatekeeper of quality at its threshold, accreditation determines the adequacy of human, physical, and information resources, reinforces results-based approach to evaluation, and provides a firm foundation for its institutions or programs.

APACC is a regional accreditation and certification body established through the Seoul Declaration 2004, with the Colombo Plan Staff College (CPSC) as the lead organization. It aims to provide international accreditation and certification services towards quality management system of technical and vocational education and training (TVET) institutions. Its goal is to improve the quality of TVET institutions to produce competent and highly skilled workforce.

APACC emphasizes the importance of quality in the end result of TVET activities. Accreditation is often considered a step towards establishing a culture of quality – sustained and maintained by defining objectives, developing capacity to achieve them and evaluating whether they are achieved or not. Being a gatekeeper of quality at its threshold, accreditation determines the adequacy of human, physical, and information resources, reinforces results-based approach to evaluation, and provides a firm foundation for its institutions or programs.

In its continuous efforts to widen the reach and strengthen its human resources, CPSC is organizing the In-Country Program (ICP) to enhance participants’ understanding of accreditation as a tool for improving the quality of TVET institutions and build their capacity to start an actual accreditation process using APACC criteria in the Islamic Republic of Pakistan.


The program aims to:

  • Explain the APACC criteria, indicators, and sub-indicators;
  • Impart the roles, responsibilities, and attributes expected of APACC Accreditors; and
  • Develop action plan to conduct APACC accreditation

Main Contents

The spiral learning approach will be used to deliver the online program, start by mentioning a cluster of rough ideas, including some online applications as well as some fundamental building blocks and finally, a self-directed learning approach through action planning.

In order to achieve the above objectives, the following topics will be covered:

  • Overview of APACC and Status Report
  • Orientation on APACC Criteria
    • Criterion I: Governance and Management
    • Criterion II: Teaching and Learning
    • Criterion III: Human Resources
    • Criterion IV: Research and Development
    • Criterion V: Image and Sustainability
    • Criterion VI: Other Resources
    • Criterion VII: Support to Students
  • Desirable Characteristics of APACC Team and Rules in On-Site Visits

Instructional Strategies

To facilitate productive and interactive learning, the following instructional strategies will be utilized to effectively train the participants:

  • Online lectures
  • Experience sharing
  • Online and offline tasks
  • Video presentations
  • Use of OnCOURSE learning management system
  • Questions and answers
  • Energizers and Ice-breakers

Facilities Required
  • Minimum 5Mbps Broadband Internet
  • Desktop/ Laptop Computer with Webcam, Microphone, Speakers or Earphones
  • Chrome Browser or any HTML5 Compliant Browser

Program Management

Program Supervisor (CPSC) Dr. Ramhari Lamichhane (CPSC) ([email protected]) is the first Nepali and the 11th Director General of CPSC. He is also the concurrent President of Asia Pacific Accreditation and Certification Commission (APACC). He has 30 years of experience in TVET starting as an instructor up to becoming the CEO of Council for Technical Education and Vocational Training (CTEVT) in Nepal. He served as Project Manager in ADB projects and Program Coordinator in Swiss Development Cooperation (SDC) funded projects. He was a key member in formulating the TVET Policy of Nepal in 2007 and 2012.

He is a dynamic leader, certified project assessor, strategic planner, experienced project manager, TVET Institution Quality Assessor, TVET Expert, and a seasoned manager, attested by the awards received such as the Prabal Gorkha Dakshin Bahu IV from the Late King Birendra Bira Bikram Shah Dev and Global Educational Leadership Award by the World Education Congress; scholarship from Ryutaro Hashimoto Foundation, Japan; and Humphrey Fellowship from Fullbright Foundation, USA.

He has presented papers in a number of international conferences and meetings on TVET. He has authored and co-authored publications on TVET in various thematic areas - accessibility, greening, entrepreneurship, financing, equality, and image building. Dr. Lamichhane earned his PhD and MPhil in Education Leadership from Kathmandu University in Nepal. He has a degree in Educational Administration, Planning and Policy from Peabody College/Vanderbilt University, Tennessee, USA.

Program Supervisor (NAVTTC) Dr. Muqeem Islam has experience of more than 25 years in the fields of training, research and holds doctorate degree in Public Policy & Government from National Defense University. His doctoral dissertation entitled “Impact of Institutional Q quality and Governance on Structural Change and Economic Development: A Cross Country Analysis” directly relates with reforms agenda focused on governance and economic development. Author has published many research papers on various topics related to economics, technology, governance and public policy.

Dr Muqeem is currently working as Director General (Accreditation & International Cooperation) at National Vocational and Technical training Commission (NAVTTC), Government of Pakistan. During his stay in NAVTTC, he has also served as Director General (Planning & Development), Director General (skill, Standards & Curricula), He has rich experience of reforms, training and research. He took many initiatives at NAVTTC which change landscape of NAVTTC drastically which inter alia include (a) development of curricula of 27 diploma in accordance to international standards Competency based training & assessment (CBT&A) (b) Changed the image of NAVVTC by developing diploma courses and introducing short courses for Robotics, Artificial intelligence, Mechatronics and cloud computing (c) initiated a move to introduce EU quality management standard in the accreditation process of TVET institution in Pakistan (d) negotiated, drafted and processed MOUs with many countries i.e. Finland, Turkey, Singapore, Australia, Saudi Arabia (e) drafted a strategic Plan for enhancing cooperation in the field of Technical & Vocational Training amongst OIC member countries under the umbrella of SESRIC, Ankara Turkey.

He worked as economist in Fiscal Research department in state bank of Pakistan where he participated in the economic policy design and reform process of state bank of Pakistan. He joined NIPA in 1999 as faculty member as a deliberate choice to alter the fate of civil service by reforming and enriching training process. He served as directing staff in NIM, Peshawar and Chief Instructor in NIM Islamabad.

He is a motivational speaker and professional trainer in the fields of Strategic management, Technical & Vocational Training, Public Policy Design & Evaluation, Project Management, Monitoring & Evaluation, Macro Economic Policy Management, Leadership in Civil Services, Governance Reforms, Training of Trainers, curriculum development etc. He has been involved in teaching, training and managing more than 14 NIPA Advanced courses and more than 20 Mid-Career and Senor Management Courses during his tenure as faculty member in NIPA and NSPP. He imparted training at National Bank Staff College, PTCL Staff College and several other institutions at home and abroad including two training sessions to top management of Bankers in Mauritius and training to OIC member country workshop in Istanbul. Dr. Muqeem has traveled to Turkey, China, Philippines, UK, Qatar and Canada for training/policy/research related activities.

Program Coordinator and Resource Person Engr. Sanyog Bhattarai ([email protected]) is currently working as a faculty specialist in CPSC. He has started his career with Training Institute for Technical Instruction (TITI)/CTEVT/MoEST, where 12 years was dedicated on research/study on improving technical education and vocational training in Nepal, demand-driven training courses development and implementation.

Under his leadership, 12,163 employment-seeking youths including excluded and vulnerable women of Nepal capacitated in vocational skill development training targeting to provide in-country and/or foreign employment. He has worked under the component of vocational skill development training for EVENT/WBG/MoE (600 trainees), EIG/USAID/Winrock (3000 trainees), SaMi/Helvetas/SDC (1600 trainees), LYDP/WVI (300 trainees), SajhedariBikas/ USAID/PACT (348 trainees), CTIP/World Education (15 all-women trainees), Advancing Women Economic Empowerment-AWEE (2,000 trainees) funded by Government of Finland, Future We Want-FWW (300 trainees) funded by Zonta International and Education Joint Programming-Education JP (4,000 trainees) funded by KOICA.

He has managed all phases; career counseling, trainees selection, vocational training, psycho-social counseling, business & entrepreneurship training, linking trainees with financial institutions for loan to start a enterprise, monitoring of on-going training, managing on-the-job training, linking with potential employers, job placement,establishing micro-enterprises, and income verification.

He has provided Training of Trainers (ToT) to 500 plus technical instructors and teachers in Nepal, Bhutan, Albania, Uganda, and India. He has developed courses like active learners’ methodology, training of trainers, the use of mini-tiller in commercial farming, as well as pesticide management and application. He has experience in capacity building in different areas; TVET, agriculture, trade & fiscal policy, food security, value-chain, pesticide management, and soft-skills training.

Resource Person Engr. Abdul Ghani Rajput ([email protected]) is currently working as a Faculty Specialist in CPSC. He is a experienced and visionary TEVT expert with more than 12 years diversified experience in making TEVT/HRD policies, institutional framework and implementation of skills development plans with local and international organizations. He has developed a training manual on Industrial Revolution 4.0 in TVET sector as well as manual on Instructional Design for E-Learning Courses. He is a certified Competency-Based Training and Assessment Trainer and Vocational Counselor. His experties inculde Capacity Development of TVET Stakeholders, Employers Engagement and Project Management.

He was the Director (MIS) of Sindh Technical Education & Vocational Training Authority (STEVTA) and worked as a Focal Person for TVET Sector Support Programe, implemented by Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) Pakistan. He has been playing key roles in policy and institutional development with NAVTTC and training providers for making TEVT demand led. He has been interacting with various local & international organizations including ILO, World Bank, GIZ, British Council, MTC International USA, Skills International and City & Guilds, UK etc. He has transformed existing supply-based system to demand-driven through Competency-Based Training (CBT) at STEVTA. He presented a paper on "Curriculum Delivery in line Industrial Reveloution 4.0" as keynote speaker in 3rd International Conference and 17th National Conference of PACUIT - Leading the 21st Century Generation Towards a Globalized Industrial Technology on 25 April 2019, Manila Philippines.

He served as a Technical Advisor, Human Resource Development for the GIZ TVET Sector Support Programe for five years. He was responsible for supporting the relevant training providers and enterprises in the selected sector to establish a coordination framework for planning and delivering training under the framework of the National Qualifications Framework (NVQF). He has been playing a key role in the implementation of training for principals, teachers, instructors, assessors and certification of Sindh Trade Testing Board (TTB).

Engr. Rajput is a Professional Engineer of Pakistan Engineering Council and earned his MSc in Information System Engineering from the University of Twente, Netherlands (2009-2011). He studied Master of Engineering in Communiation Systems Networks from Mehran University of Engineering & Technology, Jamshoro, Pakistan (2005-2007) and his bachelor in Computer System Engineering (1999-2002) from Hamdard University, Karachi Pakistan.

Resource Person Ms. Adrienne Abril ([email protected]) has been working in CPSC since February 2007 and currently holds the position of APACC Officer. Prior to this, she held various administrative positions in CPSC such as Executive Secretary and Projects and Consultancy Division Officer. As the APACC Officer, she manages the administrative functions of APACC including planning and implementation of on-site visits, board meetings, accreditors’ training and retraining, and meetings of the Association of APACC Accreditees (AAA). She acted as resource speaker in APACC orientations and accreditors’ training and coordinated study tour programs on behalf of CPSC. She was involved in 28 APACC institutional evaluation as documentation officer in India, Malaysia, Mongolia, and the Philippines from 2009 – 2020. She contributed greatly to the development of CPSC Quality Standard Guidelines and involved in the review and revision of APACC Manual and other documents over the years. Ms. Abril studied BS Food Technology in the University of the Philippines – Diliman from 2000 - 2005.

Local Coordinator Irfan Ahmed Ujan is currently working as Assistant Director (International Cooperation) at National Vocational and Technical Training Commission (NAVTTC) HQ, Islamabad, Pakistan. He possesses 12 years work experience on different positions like training coordinator and other administrative positions in Pakistan National Accreditation Council (PNAC) a national apex body to accredit conformity assessment bodies under the administrative control of Ministry of Science & Technology. He is ISO-9001:2015 qualified lead auditor. In addition to this, coordinated various training courses on international standards like ISO/IEC:15189, ISO/IEC:17025, ISO/IEC:17021, ISO/IEC:17065 and Halal Standard PS:4992.

His vital role contributed to the successful accomplishment of development project “Awareness and Training on Pakistan National Hospital and Healthcare Accreditation” and conducted /coordinated successful training sessions and seminars all over the Pakistan as Assistant Director of the project. Mr. Ujan is qualified, professional and a painstaking civil servant with academic qualifications i.e., MS in Management Sciences from Abasyn University Islamabad Campus (2017-2018) and Masters in Public Administration from University of Sindh, Jamshoro, Pakistan (2004-2005) with flying colors.

Mr. Ahmed Irfan Ujan has a vast experience of working as facilitator, coordinator with SAARC, International Accreditation Forum (IAF) and has assisted NAVVTC in International Cooperation.