INTERVIEW OF MR. FAISAL QAYUM SIDDIQUI

SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT CORPORATE PLANNING & STRATEGIES KALSOFT PVT. LTD.

July 14 - 20, 2008

TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF

I completed my bachelors form FAST and received a Gold Medal for my performance through out my academic year. On completion, I joined KalSoft as a software engineer while pursuing further education aiming complete MCS and MS (Artificial Intelligence) from SZABIST and MBA (Marketing) and MA economics from Karachi University.

I have also written several international research papers that have been published from time to time. My work has been appreciated and I was invited to represent my work in the USA.

I have grown tremendously in KalSoft. The journey proceeded from being a Software Engineer to Project Manager and currently I'm associated with KalSoft as a Senior Vice President, Business Development and Strategies.

I'm actively involved in strategic decision making, managing global operations and looking after the KalSoft academy (KalAcademy).

Life is good, Alhamdullah

TELL US ABOUT KALSOFT ACADEMY

Being Microsoft Gold Certified Partner for Learning Solutions (CPLS), KalSoft Academy aims to encourage IT education in Pakistan, ensure that our professionals are considered best among the world. We believe that Pakistan is full of talent and intelligence. Through KalSoft Academy we train students as well as professionals, enabling them to compete globally.

Established in 2004, our mission is to build the largest pool of Certified Pakistani Professionals capable of demonstrating skills in their respective domains and spheres around the globe.

The purpose build building has a huge capacity to hold multiple seminar, workshops and conferences simultaneously.

HOW HAVE YOU CONTRIBUTED IN THE PROGRESS OF KALSOFT ACADEMY?

I believe that we can do anything we set our heart to. To excel in any field being innovative and creative is the core. Keeping KalSoft Academy's vision in mind, to become a Top-Ranked Institute for all technology trainings in the region, I believe my contribution can be seen in the Professional Competency Program (PCP).

In this program we coached individuals and enabled them to pursue their careers by gaining further insights into IT enhancements and innovations. We are confident that this program will enhance the quality of the resources entering into the Pakistani IT market.

We are currently in the progress of launching the Phase 2 of PCP as well as organizing PinnaKal competition in which IT students will generate ingenious solutions/product ideas. The purpose of this competition is to drive proficient IT skills with an aggressive approach to polish them as per the industry's requirements.

APART FROM COMPETITIONS AND PCP WHAT ELSE IS OFFERED IN KALSOFT ACADEMY?

KalSoft Academy is a very happening institution. We offer many educational services, such as MOC based certificate courses, Microsoft Certification Programs, IT courses, Boot Camps, Personal development programs, Management programs and Workshops & Seminars; both in Pakistan and globally.

KalSoft Academy offers many additional services as well, namely Recruitment Tests Services, Data Compilation Services and Employees Assessment Tests. Our instructor pool is the largest with Microsoft Certified Trainers. They have in-depth market and training experience. We offer highly demanding courses including a healthy range of Microsoft Official courses.

In alliance with Pragmatic, very soon we will be offering full-fledged first testing centre services in Pakistan. Even Microsoft Pakistan prefers our premises to conduct their events.

HOW DO YOU SEE KALSOFT ACADEMY IN FUTURE?

Our goal is to transform KalSoft Academy into a proficient and forward looking "Degree Awarding Institute" by 2012. My team is actively working to ensure that we meet our desired goals.