Khawar Butt is a known face to the computer geeks all over the world. This Srinagar born networking engineer has had IT skills in his blood which drove him straight to Devry Institute of Technology California, from the green lawns of Burnhall School Srinagar.
He pursued his bachelors in computer information systems at Devry and later his masters of science in applied computer science and technology from renowned Azusa Pacific University, California. Besides Khawar’s academic excellence boasts off a plethora of Microsoft and CISCO certified courses which made him one among the top 14 networking engineering professionals in the world and the only one from south-east Asia of having four prestigious CCIE courses to his credit.
Khawar had a phenomenal success while running a chain of computer networking schools in U.S called “TriNetNT.” But what could be described as the lost love found for his homeland, Khawar returned to his roots, and took over the reigns of Netmetric Solutions, an IT training company providing IT security training to companies and individuals in India.
First established in Hyderabad, Netmetric Solutions under the dynamic leadership of Khawar flourished to the domains of Riyadh and Dubai and finally to Kashmir.
After having celebrated names like HCL, Cognizant, Microsoft, Genpact and many IT bigwigs as his clientele and realizing the ever increasing demand of such jobs all across the world, Khawar has taken the initiative of building a congenial IT atmosphere in the valley by imparting the requisite IT skills to the budding Kashmiri ITpreneurs.
With only 740 CCIE professionals in India, Khawar Butt aims to create more such indigenous professional who are trained at par with the modern IT industry demands and hence absorbed in the booming IT sector all over the world.
Khawar could not be happier with the tremendous response he received in Kashmir when he established his centre here. He was quite intuitive of the fact that the unexplored IT sector in this state would only come to the force if the basic and internationally acclaimed IT training courses are taught at basic levels to create experts in this field.
With only one year since its inception, his institute Netmetric Solutions has enrolled some 100 students from schools and colleges and half of them are already enrolled for doing specialization courses. This way, Kashmir valley would be able to produce computer networking professionals more than any other state and even some developed countries.
For Khawar, the entire idea is to convert a non-professional to an expert and that is why the focus is laid in the enrolment of students at school level. He explains the reasons of flawed training by inexperienced professionals behind the lapse of less job opportunities for IT professionals. As Khawar puts it, “IT training is all about skills. There are no additional qualifications which one needs to be a specialist in IT and we intend to create qualified and demanded professionals through our trainings.”
With the kind of response, Khawar has received from the budding Kashmiri IT aspirants, Khawar will be soon extending his IT training institutes to the regions of Anantnag, Sopore, Jammu and Chandigarh and the number of the centres is intended to reach 20 all over the country by 2012.
The most promising feature of Khawar’s training is the assured job placements it comes up with and Khawar stresses that whoever is imparted training at his institutes would get a chance to work either in the faculty or the operations of his institutes. Besides, there are umpteen job opportunities outside the valley which a CCIE trained professional can choose from.
“My goal is to build an ecosystem of IT professionals in the valley who could contribute in the growth of economy either by working here or by outsourcing their skills to the overseas job market,” concludes Khawar Butt.