Srinagar, Oct 9: It was not just another routine workshop. It had an element of distinction. Apart from the special presentations that the experts made, it created an atmosphere of practical learning by forming groups of teams exposing them to a "real company working".
The workshop on Corporate Social Responsibility was conducted by iQuasar, a software company, at Rangreth Industrial Estate here. It was aimed to help the students of Information Technology (IT) explore and identify new avenues in the job market.
Company executives Tahir Qazi and Fayaz Bhat on the occasion spoke on subjects like "Self-Organized Learning Teams and Mentorship" and "Private Sector Vs Government Sector."
The company had done similar events in the past in Kashmir, they said.
They said the workshop endeavoured to bring confidence in, and train and equip with special skills the team members to help them pursue their dream jobs and encourage the student community to proactively involve themselves with the industry.
The executives said the IT sector would provide millions of jobs to the skilled youth in a decade's time. "At present 2.5 million skilled youth are working in IT sector in India and this number will rise to 12-13 millions in next 10 years," they claimed.
The executives said only a small number of pass outs from the universities and colleges here were "employable".
"There is a gap between what the universities and colleges teach the students and what the industry needs. To fill this gap, all the stakeholders have to work together," they said, adding that the IT companies under their CSR programmes could mentor the students in the final year of their degrees under in J&K.
"This will be a great service to the community/society in J&K," they added.
The career workshop was attended by more than 100 students from different universities and colleges in Kashmir including SSM College of Engineering, Islamic University, IITM, and Islamia College.
The workshop created an atmosphere of practical working. Ten self-organized learning teams which were formed acted in a fashion as if working in a real company.
Each group had a mentor from iQuasar Software Solutions. The mentors were engineers with experience of working on complex projects and competing at international level.
Many presentations were made by iQuasar leaders, which was followed by interactive sessions.
Director Information, Khawaja Farooq Renzu Shah and Convenor ITACH, M Saleem Beigh and partners of Musky/iQuasar were the guests on the occasion.
Renzu Shah explained the importance of such workshops. "Our talented youth lack the platform and that is why they lag behind. If they are given proper guidance and platform, they can do wonders. We must respect the talent of our youth and help them in every possible manner so that they can achieve their goals and contribute to the society," he said.
iQuasar, formerly known as Musky Software Solutions, is a multi-national company with its offices in Srinagar, Jammu in India and Ashburn, Virginia and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in USA.