Engr. Rukhsana Zuberi is the Chief Executive
Officer of "Technical Education Centre" (Tec). Tec, which is
among the pioneers in the field of Information Technology, was
established in 1992 in Pakistan. The Centre is the first Microsoft
Certified Technical Education centre and the largest Authorized Sylvan
Prometric Testing in Pakistan offering IT training and on-line testing
services for International certifications.
By AMANULLAH BASHAR
Oct 01 - 07, 2001
Engr. Rukhsana Zuberi is the Chief Executive Officer
of "Technical Education Centre" (Tec). Tec, which is among the
pioneers in the field of Information Technology, was established in 1992
in Pakistan. The Centre is the first Microsoft Certified Technical
Education centre and the largest Authorized Sylvan Prometric Testing in
Pakistan offering IT training and on-line testing services for
Rukhsana Zuberi, though having altogether different
academic background has proved her entrepreneurial acumen by leading her
organization as one of the leading organizations in Information
Technology. She did her B.E from NED university and then started her
career as an engineer in National Refinery. She moved to Saudi Arabia
later on and worked there with a French company for quite sometimes. On
her return to Pakistan, she decided to establish her own business in the
field of Information Technology when IT was in its infancy in Pakistan.
PAGE: There is a mushroom growth of IT
institutes in Pakistan, how would you differentiate "Tec" from
Rukhsana: Tech is the pioneer training centre
that has introduced International certification Programs in Pakistan in
1995. Being a pioneer in this field, Tech was the first institute having
franchise to represent Microsoft, IBM and other top companies in
Pakistan. You may call Tec as a trendsetter and countless institutes
copied the name in one form or the other. The word Tec became a symbol
for IT education, she said with a sense of achievement.
PAGE: Would you like to elaborate the areas in
which your institute is operating?
Rukhsana: Tech was established with a mission
to provide quality training in the field of Information Technology, in a
short span of two years i.e. in 1994, Tech became the first authorized
training source for Microsoft, Lotus, WordStar, IBM and AT&T. Tech
provides training and technical support on a wide range of software
products including operating systems, programming tools, NetWare, UNIX
Systems, Communication software and project Management software. After 8
years of inception, Tec has now grown to a large and well-reputed
organization having two venues in Karachi and one in Lahore.
PAGE: What type of training and courses Tec is
Rukhsana: Training programs offered by Tec
include short courses (Basic applications, 4 months courses in
Networking, Software Development and Web Page Designing, Certification Programs — MCP, MCP+ Internet, MCSE, MCDBA, MCSD and one year advanced
diploma in Computer Science.
PAGE: How do you see the future of IT industry
in Pakistan especially in the backdrop of the current setback in the
Rukhsana: Although the recent setback faced by
the IT in the United States being described as burst of the bubble
should not be taken as a permanent feature. Ups and downs are
essentially a part of the game in any segment of the economy. However,
it was not the end of the world, tremendous opportunities still exists
within Pakistan as only a scratch of the economy. The IT sector has to
go a long way and we have just begun the journey. She said that Tech
specializes in corporate training having a prestigious client-base which
includes national and multinational companies like Union Texas, Emirates
Airlines, Swiss Airlines, Hubco, PIA, ANZ, Hino Pak, Pak Air Force,
Abbot Laboratories etc.
PAGE: There was a great demand for Certified
IT professionals abroad sometimes back, what is the current trend?
Rukhsana: The market forces generally dictate
the demand or supply and economic conditions which is a natural
phenomenon. However it could be distasteful rather disgusting if the
decline in demand was due to mistrust or loss of credibility. It is
unfortunate that some of the institutes providing on-line testing
facilities were allegedly involved in maneuvering of on-line
certification to the incapable persons. These fake people managed to
obtain H1 visa however a large number of them had to return when real
worth was exposed. This is very bad when the name of the country is
involved. The loss of credibility harms the credibility of the entire of
sector. Recurrence of such incidents have to be controlled at any cost
to keep up the hard earned reputation by the real and genuine people of
this country, she observed with a firm resolve.
PAGE: Do you feel that unaffordable price for
quality education specially in the field of Information Technology is
one of the major concern and a real hurdle to spread the light of
education to the grass root level?
Rukhsana: Certainly, cost of product of
quality goods would be naturally more than the normal one, however as
far as Tec was concerned although the fee level is on the higher side
for corporate sector, yet no deserving student was turn down by Tec
merely for want of money. Tec also offers scholarships to the deserving
students. The scholarships offered by Tec are sponsored by renowned
personalities like Dr. Abdullah Omer Nassif, Engineer Illahi Bux Soomro
and Zohra Begum Siddiqui Memorial scholarships, Rukhsana said.