The SAARC Human Resource Development Centre (SHRDC), a regional institution of South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) has been functioning in Islamabad, Pakistan since 1998. The main objective of the Centre is to undertake research, impart training and to disseminate information on Human Resource Development (HRD) related issues for the SAARC Region.
The importance of HRD is increasingly being realized. It has assumed all the more significance in the context of changing regional and world environment. The HRD come to occupy the centre stage in the developmental interventions. The importance of HRD has been further enhanced as the economic, social and technological changes of the current century are putting pressure on governmental and non-governmental organizations to develop human resources in order to accomplish information and communication technological functions. Needless to mention that a rich human capital is a prerequisite for a meaningful exploitation of modern technology and sustainable development.
The Centre has now become fully operational and its activities are receiving appreciation from all quarters. In 2003, the Centre for the first time implemented its approved programme of activities since its establishment. The Centre during 2003 has successfully completed three Trainer\u2019s training programmes, published quarterly HRD News, Information Booklet on SHRDC, Progress Report 1998-2002, Directory of HRD Institutions in the SAARC countries, and hosted SHRDC Website.
I take this opportunity to express my deep gratitude and special thanks to the Government of Pakistan for their generous support to the Centre for providing additional fund for procurement of vehicles, activities related equipment and air conditioners. I hope, in future, the Government of Pakistan will continue its support to SHRDC. I express my thanks to the Professional and GS Staff of the SHRDC for their hard working and support for running the Centre\u2019s activities smoothly.
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