Education, Training and e-Business Solutions
Jul 10 - 16, 2000
UBITEC is a newly established institution aimed to provide Education
and Training services in Business Management & IT, Software Development with special
focus on e-services, Consultancy and Research & Development. The project is a
collaborative effort individuals and institutions including Islamic Investment Bank Ltd.,
(Pakistan), Key Ventures Ltd., (UK), and Dr. Zafar Qureshi, an eminent educationist with
vast experience of institutional development including Gomal University and
UBITEC is housed in an exclusive four-storeyed building on main Shahrae
Faisal, Karachi which has been refurbished to provide a conducive learning environment.
The premises is equipped with computer labs comprising top-of-the-line hardware and
peripherals and latest software, lecture rooms, library, seminar hall, executive training
rooms, and software development rooms. The facility also has a cafeteria, executive dining
room, bookshop and prayer room.
PAGE had the opportunity to talk to Mr. Muneeb Hassan who is the Chief
Operating Officer of the Company. The following are the excerpts of the meeting.
PAGE: What is UBITEC going to offer?
Munees: UBITEC will offer certificate courses in the
areas of e-Commerce, Internet & Web Technologies, Relational Database Management
System, Networking, Graphics designing and animation, Information Systems Management and
Planning, Object Oriented Programming and some introductory computer courses. The
combination of these courses will offer a range of choices for beginners as well as for
those who wish to upgrade their skills. UBITEC will also offer management training
programs which will cover areas such as Human Computer Interaction, Entrepreneurship, Team
Building, Selling Skills, Decision Making, etc. UBITEC would offer recognized Diploma and
Degree certifications in due course of time.
UBITEC will offer complete business and technology solutions and
customized software development to the local companies. We will also help in
implementation of these solutions and provide technical support to improve their
efficiency and productivity.
PAGE: There has been a mushroom growth of IT
institutions throughout the urban centres in recent years. What made you start
Muneeb: Considering the great demand for IT
professionals locally and even worldwide, there is still a great vacuum of such
institutions in Pakistan. UBITEC has been established to be a role model in all of its
operations and become a proactive participant in the socio-economic development of the
country and the region.
PAGE: How is UBITEC different from other institutions?
Muneeb: Our first aim is to create IT awareness at
grass-root levels. We believe that IT is not a complex technology and offers numerous job
opportunities for everyone. Unless we treat IT as a catalyst that not only improves the
productivity of the industry but also enhances the standards of living of everyone, we
will not be able to reap the rewards of this booming industry and keep up with the rest of
IT has now become a part of our daily life and should not only be
concentrated to IT professionals and software developers. For this reason, we are
developing courses that would break the myth of IT being regarded as a complex and
We will not only train and educate but will also help our outstanding
students in finding jobs and offering venture capital to those who have entrepreneurial
PAGE: What is your primary objective?
Muneeb: Our primary objective is to produce
well-rounded professionals in the areas of Information Technology and Management Sciences
that can enable Pakistan to take its share in the thriving e-commerce industry. We would
like to be a major contributor in increasing the earnings of our nation through software
PAGE: What would your fees be like?
Muneeb: UBITEC would offer highest quality training
and education and state-of-the-art facilities at very competitive and affordable prices in
order to achieve our aim of spreading IT awareness in Pakistan
PAGE: What do you think of the attention the present
Government is giving to the IT industry? Would it benefit from documentation of the
economy drive initiated by the Government?
Muneeb: Documentation of the economy will encourage
the wider use of the plastic money which provides the base for e-commerce, i.e.
business-to-consumer and business-to-business transactions over the Internet. I feel that
the documentation of the economy is the first step towards the IT revolution. Various
incentives given to the IT industry in the Budget 2000-2001 shows that the present
Government understands the importance of IT and encourage further investments in this
sector. The permission granted to the Software exporters to retain 25 per cent of their
earnings foreign exchange and to use it for promotion, advertising, marketing and
consultancy fee outside the Country will definitely boost exports. However, we have to see
that all these measures are implemented in letter and spirit.
PAGE: What are the strengths of the Pakistani IT
Muneeb: We have one of the best Telecommunication
networks in the region that enables us the use of Internet resources to the fullest.
However, further reduction in taxes on usage of telephone facilities is required to boost
the use of Internet.
Irrespective of the hue and cry, we are not lagging behind our
neighbours as far as the knowledge and talent is concerned. Rather than making outlandish
comparisons with our neighbours regarding software exports and the developed countries
regarding e-commerce, we need to concentrate on our current resources of technology and
skilled manpower and plan accordingly to make the best use of these resources. We can only
join the IT bandwagon if we have enough skilled IT professionals and a liberalized IT
policy that encourages the use of e-commerce. Time has now come to join forces and move
forward in a more synergistic manner to achieve success.