An interview with Arshad
Khalil, CEO KTF Education Master Franchise of Aptech Arena Multimedia.
BY FARAZ SIDDIQUI
Aug 07 - 13, 2000
Information Technology (IT) may be adopted on priority basis and
everyone has to do his level best to develop Pakistan as an IT nation, said Arshad Khalil,
CEO KTF Education Master Franchise of Aptech Arena Multimedia.
Talking to PAGE, Arshad Khalil said, Arena will continue to play
its role to train and produce highly skilled multimedia professionals to cater the needs
of professionals in the country. Arena started its operations in Pakistan in 1998, since
then Arena has been working for the advanced computer studies in multimedia and web
engineering, he added.
Khalil further said, Arena is an Apple Computer Preferred Training
Partners which is worldwide leader in multimedia design and development. ISO 9001 quality
certification is our competitive edge. We not only claim to deliver quality services but
we mean it. Our exclusive edge is to be a franchise of Aptech which is working in more
than 32 countries with its 1500 training centres. Arena offers training in the multimedia
technologies using state-of-the-art hardware and software.
What is mulitmedia
He defined multimedia, as an application that bring together multiple
types of media like text, illustration, sound, animation and video coupled with
interactivity, that makes multimedia content come alive in dynamic ways. He referred
multimedia the most applicable technology in the future because there is all possibility
to have an e-commerce revolution for which every individual will have to have an effective
presentation for its promotion. Besides this it has so many other applications but
presentations is currently the single largest use. He further said that multimedia
professionals would have countless opportunities in every field and their demand will keep
on rising in near future.
Khalil said, Arena has three operation centres in Karachi but in near
future we are intended to start our operations in other cities like Islamabad, Lahore and
Rawalpindi. He is delighted with the response from the public towards multimedia and web
engineering studies despite having lack of knowledge and awareness.
Khalil pointed out the CD revolution in near future when everything
would be available on CD so it is imperative to produce highly skilled professionals at
large in order to meet the future challenges. Presently Pakistan is needed more than 80000
skilled IT professionals but presently we are producing only 6000-6500 out of which mostly
prefer to work abroad. So this trend shows a worst probable shortage which is expected to
turn into crisis of IT professionals in future.
He emphasized the importance to adopt e-commerce education in order to
share the trillions volume of world's e-market. So far Pakistan is still lagging far
behind in the progressive development of e-commerce. Although we have a competitive
advantage to be a nation who can speak, understand and deal in English language which can
easily bring a revolution in e-commerce unlike Philippines, Burma etc where it is not
medium of exchange. There is always ample opportunities but need to avail and exploit for
IT advancement in the country.
Talking about the standard of IT education in Pakistan, Khalil said,
standard is definitely improving but not in an organized way. It is said there is a boom
in IT but in my view an actual boom is still to come, he added. So in order to get the
lucrative benefit from IT revolution we need more professionals, more institutions, more
awareness and foremost more working hard.
He said, IT education is definitely beneficial in any case. One should
remember that it is not exclusively associated with computer professionals but
professionals of all fields should also equip themselves with computer skills. The most
important thing is to get close with the IT education and awareness no matter to what
extent. Having a keen eye on IT issues is the demand of the day.
Government has certainly taken positive steps to bring IT revolution in
the country. We are very optimistic about the future of IT in Pakistan and specially IT
action plan will be helpful in this regard. He referred multimedia facilities and web
engineering as a first priority.
Khalil said, we can experience unemployment in every field but IT is
the only field which provides certain employment opportunities. So IT has multiedge
benefits for the countries like technology revolution, employment, e-commerce etc.
Keeping in view IT significance, Arena is committed to produce highly
skilled web engineers and multimedia experts in the country. Arena's placement wing
constantly seeks career opportunities for young students and professionals. It provides
complete platform to get advanced level practical training of multimedia and web