Karachi Institute of Technology & Entrepreneurship (KITE) has taken the initiative to build a forum for high school, A’ Level and intermediate school counselors and principals to interact and share their views on the skills required by local students to become globally competitive. KITE Connect was organized at the KITE Campus on May 30th, 2014 to discuss the perpetually increasing disconnect between what students are taught at universities and the skills required by employers in Pakistan and abroad.
The conference started with Afaque Riaz Ahmad, Chairman and Founder of KITE, introducing the ecosystem of KITE, which includes the Technology Incubation Center meant to facilitate venture capitalists as well as budding entrepreneurs. He also stressed on the institute’s foreign collaborations and interactive student teacher networking which ensures formal as well informal meetings for career counseling and academic plans. In order to discuss the gap between academia and the industry, Zartaj Waseem, Manager STEM Education (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics), stressed on the need to introduce a transdisciplinary approach where students learn by doing and are able to reflect on the complex relationships that exist within various disciplines.
The audience was also introduced to the “Reading Room Project”, an initiative undertaken by Mashall Chaudri, a young entrepreneur who realized the limitless potential of learning resources which are available on the internet and decided to put them to good use. And what better use than to introduce them to the public school system to help children from underprivileged backgrounds learn faster as children respond best to interactive audio visual learning material. She shared her pre-and post-curriculum assessment results, which showed a remarkable improvement and potential for growth.
The counselors networking meet up concluded with a tour of the KITE Campus and discussions about future expansion plans as well as new programs.