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SkillUp-FAST Round Table Conference

Where the tech industry of Pakistan genuinely wants to contribute by creating as many employment opportunities, it is the disconnect between the industry & academia that acts as one of the biggest roadblocks in the trajectory of our economic growth. Equipping our youth with market relevant skills is the need of the hour. SkillUp FAST Round Table Conference - the first in the series, was held to collectively address the most pressing issue at hand. A joint collaboration between Infinite ScaleUp and FAST NUCES Lahore, SkillUp FAST aims at providing graduates and early to mid-tier industry professionals with industry-relevant technical training programs and short courses. The leaders of the IT industry present at the conference unanimously agreed upon investing in our graduates and young professionals on both fronts - technical & soft skills, to help them become more effective. While all participants from the industry and academia showed a strong consent towards engaging industry professionals as trainers, immense emphasis was laid upon having a practical approach in skills training. The aim is to equip the emerging & young professionals such that once they’re hired, their skills can be readily converted into results. This requires the skill development to start ‘during’ their university education, not after. Through SkillUp, the objective is to provide skills education as an alternative to the conventional university degree. The bigger goal is to open as many horizons for the youth and in turn, Pakistan’s economic growth. We will not just be equipping the young professionals with technical and soft skills but also with a growth mindset that will nurture them as humans. Our courses will have their roots embedded in leadership and entrepreneurial mindset for it is the clarity of their goals and purpose that will steer their decisions. It is the surety of their selves that will drive them to work with sincerity and consistency at whatever organisation they choose for themselves. Where FAST faculty will be fully engaged in helping us develop the curriculum, we, at SkillUp, will ensure that feedback from the industry is incorporated; only then will it serve the purpose. Mr. Nabeel Qadeer (CEO, DirAction, and Executive Director & Member Board of Directors, Infinite ScaleUp) mentioned:   “Pakistan’s tech industry has the potential to be a stable economic arm for the country but despite a significant influx of IT graduates every year, there seems to be a gap between the industry and academia.    SkillUp, a project of Infinite Scaleup, aims to address this issue at hand. With its first chapter being set up in FAST NUCES Lahore with the support of Dr. Hammad Naveed (Director FAST Lahore) the SkillUp FAST Round Table Conference’s core agenda was to identify the market need.   The leaders of the IT industry present at the conference unanimously agreed upon investing in our graduates and young professionals on both fronts - technical & soft skills, to help them become more effective. SkillUp FAST’s immediate plan of action is to launch training programs and short courses for graduates and early to mid-tier industry professionals.    With the industry professionals engaged as trainers, curriculum advisors and consultants, the programs will be tailor-made with a practical approach in skills training. These training programs are open to all who are looking forward to becoming market-ready and hireable by upskilling themselves.   We will not just be equipping the young professionals with technical and soft skills but also with a growth mind-set that will nurture them as effective humans.   Looking forward to steering this with Dr. Naveed in the right direction. Support from the industry is key and I thank my friends from the IT industry for contributing and joining us at the conference.” We sincerely thank all leaders from the IT industry for contributing towards the cause by joining us at the conference. Mr. Faisal Sherjan, Executive Director Report PEMRA | Mr. Usman Asif, CEO Devsinc | Mr. Jazib Zahir, Tintash | Mr. Sajjad Kirmani, CEO INFOGISTIC | Mr. Ali Salman Siddique, TEVTA Punjab | Mr. Ayub Ghauri, Executive Director NETSOL Technologies Limited | Mr. Usama Zaheer, CEO Milestone-Apps | Mr. Raza Jaffri, Director Milestone Apps | Mr. Yaser Awan, Director Mindstorm Studios | Mr. Zaeem Yaqoob Khan, Executive Director Student Affairs, BNU | Mr. Aamir Chaudhry, CTO NETSOL Technologies | Mr. Saqib Tiwana, Head of HR Confiz | Ms. Rubab Zahra, Data lead Finja | Mr. Khalid Naqi, Director Career Office, UMT | Mr. Faaiz Arbab, Cofounder AYECo. | Mr. Irfan ahmad, Founder Baby Planet | Ms. Toima Asghar, CHRO Systems Limited  A special note of gratitude to Dr. Hammad Naveed (Director, Fast-NU Lahore for being a pillar & a propellor of the mission. Below is the declaration for the First Round Table Conference held by SkillUp-FAST- a joint collaboration between Infinite ScaleUp and FAST NUCES Lahore, to provide graduates and early to mid-tier industry professionals with industry-relevant technical training programs and short courses.

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