Sitting in the cool confines of his office on the top-floor of a commercial complex at Solina, here, Waleed Qureshi, a 29 year-old techie is doing a wonderful job – making students job-ready.
Waheed has grown from a local Abi Guzar kid to the Managing Director of IAC Software Solutions, a firm that provides technology-based training to upcoming techies.
"I wanted to start something of my own and use my vast experience in IT and ITES. After a seven year stint at Delhi, I finally got back to Kashmir to introduce training which could make students job-ready," Waheed narrates his homecoming from Delhi where he worked with various technology companies.
It was in 2013 that Waheed at his Abi Guzar residence started conceptualising a business model where he could make technology students industry-ready.
"A concept that brewed on the banks of river Jhelum, has now provided technology training to more than 500 students," he says with satisfaction.
In addition Waleed has held a series of workshops based on Android, HTML 5/CSS3, Drupal and Joomla at institutions such as Kashmir University, SSM and Women's polytechnic.
According to Waleed, the turning point for his start-up was when he sought financial help from J&K Entrepreneur Development Institute (JKEDI).
"We started with just three employees but today the strength is double. Any start-up should be open to receive financial support from government and semi-government agencies," he says.
Another feather in Waleed's hat is that many of students who have received training at IAC Software Solutions have been placed with some of reputed companies in India and abroad.
"One of our students got placed with Dell while many others are now working in Gulf," Qureshi says.
Presently Qureshi handles 15 batches of students at his company imparting them technical expertise.
"We have huge competition in the market particularly from those who are franchisees of big brands. But we have created a niche, thanks to our focus on work ethics and quality tech training," he says.
Among the plans in pipeline Waleed says his company is focussed on software and mobile app development. "We started training on a small scale but are now honing skills of dozens of students of B Tech, MCA, BCA , MSC IT. Our presence in training domain has been quite strong but now we want to focus on developing software and mobile apps," he says.