INTERVIEW WITH AZAM MUGHAL, VICE PRESIDENT PAKISTAN ICT CONSORTIUM FOUNDATION
Nov 21 - 27, 2011
I have several years of professional experience in information technology especially information security, ethical hacking & counter measures, data centers & disaster recovery sites, governance of enterprise IT and information risk management. I have also been associated with top level IT universities and institutes in Karachi like NED University and Szabist. My association with industry and academia enable me to understand the gaps between local IT industry and academic finished product.
PAGE: TELL US SOMETHING ABOUT YOURSELF.
At present, I am holding following positions
• Vice President, Pakistan ICT Consortium Foundation (a group of over 25 SMEs of ICT Sector, still growing), www.PakICT.org
• CEO & Chief Consultant, SecureBeans (Information Security Consulting Company),www.SecureBeans.com
• Research Advisor at Szabist Karachi for computer networking, security and hacking.
• Visiting faculty member at NED University of Engineering and Technology, Karachi.
PAGE: CAN YOU TELL US ABOUT PROGRESS OF HUMAN RESOURCE DEVELOPMENT IN THE FIELD OF IT IN PAKISTAN?
AZAM MUGHAL: Human resource development is basically a process of continuous up-gradation of people in term of their capacity, knowledge and skill set. Birth of computer and its strong role to strengthen industry by the use of automation, artificial intelligence, and associated applications enable various countries to come up with strong economical power like Europe on world map. When we talk about the situation in South Asia and particularly in Pakistan, we must understand and response to that complex and agile changes. When we talk particularly about information technology, there are some good initiatives, which come into the market from government as well as private sector. Most of universities have started a separate department that offers various trainings throughout the year named as certificate courses. Private sector also looks keen for the development of HR in the field of IT by organizing various workshops and technical courses led by industry people. Government initiatives like Higher Education Commission plays a vital role in this regard. We can also quote some public-private partnerships, provincial level reforms and foreign programs like Punjab Education Sector Reform Program and US Aid examples must not be ignored.
PAGE: YOUR VIEWS ABOUT IMPORTANCE OF HRD.
AZAM MUGHAL: The process of HRD unlocks the doors of modernization and truly speaking, this era should be considered as an age of human resource. What is the success for industry? Good revenue. This could be done by responding the latest, complex and quality production with the help of automation, HRD and management. The industrial human resource development is the present need. We have enough hard working forces and sincere work force. They can be triumphant if guided by training. Now it is the time to avoid finding replacement and firing of employees. It is surprising to note that we didn't learn from experiences of rich economies and of the more recently industrialized countries that put forth investments in human capital for competitiveness and growth. The situation is now changing with globalization, increased investment, and trade. The spread of technology investment in human capital is no guarantee of development if other relevant policies are inappropriate or are not properly implemented. It is the time for investment in human capital to bear fruit. Human capital does not waste or diminish in worth by using its values.
PAGE: HUMAN RESOURCE DEVELOPMENT IS THE INTEGRATED USE OF TRAINING, ORGANIZATION, AND CAREER DEVELOPMENT EFFORTS TO IMPROVE INDIVIDUAL, GROUP, AND ORGANIZATIONAL EFFECTIVENESS. YOUR VIEWS.
AZAM MUGHAL: It is logical to suggest that education, training, development and learning, all are complementary components of a single process i.e. the enhancement of human potential or talent. Obviously, HRD is the integrated use of training, organization, and career building efforts to improve effectiveness of individual and collectively as organization.
PAGE: HRD DEVELOPS THE KEY COMPETENCIES THAT ENABLE INDIVIDUALS IN AN ORGANIZATION TO PERFORM CURRENT AND FUTURE JOBS THROUGH PLANNED LEARNING ACTIVITIES. WHAT DO YOU SAY?
AZAM MUGHAL: Industry needs to define key factors that should enhance the productivity that streamline their processes of development and management. Unveiled answer is HRD. HRD enables the individual to tackle the complex jobs in a timely managed way. It creates vision, a vision of management to handle future jobs through planned learning.
PAGE: GROUPS WITHIN ORGANIZATIONS USE HRD TO INITIATE AND MANAGE CHANGE. IS IT RIGHT?
AZAM MUGHAL: Everything depends on how organizations fit for change in visualization. HRD plays a vital role for individuals and groups in an organization to initiate and manage change. Organizations, who frequently observe changes to meet the demand of market should have enough vision on HRD processes according to needs as replacing the worker wouldn't be a good solution for them.