By AMANULLAH BASHAR
July 23 - 29, 2001
Zia-ul-Haq-Khwaja, has recently joined the Institute
of Textile Technology and Management (ITTM) as its Administrator. Before
joining ITTM, Khwaja carried working experience as the Coordinator at
Dadabhoy Institute of Management Sciences (DIMS) and Iqra University.
Ziaul Haq Khwaja is a graduate in Marketing from Baharia College.
Being the administrator at DIMS and ITTM Khwaja has a
close association with much talked about Badr Operations, an IT
education programme for producing JAVA programmers. Currently, Badr
Operations programme is being carried out both at DIMS and ITTM.
PAGE: Being closely associated with Badr
Operations, do you think that the large number of students, being taught
JAVA at about 6-7 academic institutes all over the city, would succeed
in getting jobs when they complete their Java courses. It is generally
said that rapid changes are taking place in the IT sector globally, what
would be the use of spending time, money and efforts by the students if
they find new technology has replaced the Java or other IT languages
which are in fashion today?
Zia-ul-Haq Khwaja: To some extent it is right
that IT is the sector where changes take place too fast, yet the
existing or old techniques cannot be described as obsolete. In fact the
existing IT knowledge whether it is Java, C++ or any other discipline
provides support to the students to keep pace with the changes. Java
programme launched under the aegis of Badr Operations is not the short
course of the subject, it is a comprehensive IT education programme
which is certified by SUN in the United States, hence a certified Java
programmer would always find a place for himself both at home and
PAGE: How the market will accommodate such a
large number of Java programmers keeping in view the limited job
opportunities in Pakistan.
Zia-ul-Haq: The actual situation is quite
different from what you are thinking. In fact the Badr Operations being
carried out at 6-7 universities in Karachi is mainly run by the students
qualified by Badr Operations. There is an acute shortage of qualified
teachers especially for imparting Java language. Hence the outstanding
students out of the current batches are picked up as the teachers and
they are being paid handsomely. While the majority of the qualified
students easily find a place for themselves in the market.
PAGE: You are working as administrator at ITTM
what this institute is doing in the textile sector?
Zia-ul-Haq: ITTM is the only textile
institute, which is located right in the heart of textile mills at SITE
industrial area. The ideally located institutes have an advantage to
send the students to the adjacent textile mills for on job training. The
management of the textile mills generally welcomes the students and
offer better opportunities to learn practically. The institute is
producing 200-250 textile graduates annually and majority of them is
offered jobs while they are still doing graduation. This indicates that
Pakistan despite having a strong textile industrial base facing an acute
shortage of the skilled workers. The ITTM aims to assist the textile
industry by increasing skilled labor and management productivity through
appropriate training of human resources and also to train those who
intend to serve the textile industry.
PAGE: Would you like to give a brief about the ITTM.
Zia-ul-Haq: The government of Pakistan
appreciating the idea of skill development programmes of various places
in the country decided to provide financial assistance to those textile
associations and organizations that showed interest in promoting textile
education by establishing textile training institutes equipped with
modern and latest machinery. In the wake of this spirit, Pakistan Silk
and Rayon Mills Association came forward to accept the challenge and
established ITTM for teaching textile technology. Thus with the
assistance of Export Promotion Bureau, and the financial resources of
Pakistan Silk and Rayon Mills Association this institute was established
in 1996. This institute is committed to provide quality professional
education at low cost to all segments of our social structure especially
the middle class youths. The ITTM aims to help the industry in deepening
the knowledge of the management with regard to production requirements
and maintaining quality control and to create awareness for introducing
the latest technology in textile industry. ITTM also has a programme to
increase Computer literacy and expand computer education to combat the
need for more computer personnel. It desires to provide infrastructure
for furthering and strengthening the standard of education and training
covering all aspects of textile education. ITTM has a programme to
arrange and develop testing and research facilities pertaining to every
sector of textile and to escalate textile education to the level of
Bachelor and Master degree in all customer and traditional branches of
Textile, Management and Information Technology.