CCIE Ignite Initiative

Cisco Systems Pakistan is arranging a CCIE Ignite Initiative in Karachi on 22nd June 2006 at 10 AM at Pearl Continental. The program will be conducted by Yusuf Bhaiji, CCIE Proctor, Cisco Systems. For Registrations: Areej Qureshi arquresh[at]

So what connects Cisco’s CCIE and Karachi? Read ahead.

Cisco remains the icon of Internet and inter-networking. It is correctly said that it is nearly impossible that a packet is sent out on the Internet and it doesn’t pass through a Cisco router. The dominance of Cisco in the infrastructure area of Internet is not without a reason. Thinking ahead of time and building new basis of businesses by encouraging knowledge transfer and capacity building is what has kept the company cling to the top slot with, in what appears to be, an effortless ease.

Subsequently, Cisco certifications, especially CCIE – Cisco Certified Internetworking Expert, remains the crown jewel of industry’s certification. Various elements, including trend-craziness, has resulted in the young students and professionals lining up for various Cisco certifications with CCNA. Widely reported misconducts at the online testing centers in Pakistan resulted in a ban on Cisco online certifications in Pakistan. However, this has not diluted the enthusiasm of the young industry members to go out to regional centers (Dubai etc) to take the exam and be certified.

The worldwide importance of Internet and digital communication (and hence the craze for associated certifications) aside, this enthusiasm might have some roots to Karachi. Imran Quraishi, a guy from Karachi and a graduate from NED University was the first manager of the CCIE program at Cisco. Now that the Cisco certification has grown tremendously throughout the world, Imran is serving as Manager Learning and Development. Yusuf Bhaiji also hails from Karachi and serves as the Proctor for the CCIE exams. Both Imran and Yusuf Bhaiji have numerous Cisco books on these topics to their credit.

18 Comments so far

  1. Atif (unregistered) on May 25th, 2007 @ 4:52 pm

    can cisco fix our khambaas and kundays?

  2. Adnan Siddiqi (unregistered) on May 25th, 2007 @ 5:10 pm

    I wonder how many are CCIE certified in Pakistan?

    Also, do you have any info about testing centers for LPIC in Karachi? I emailed to them but got no reply from LPI guys.

  3. Mohsin Raza (unregistered) on May 25th, 2007 @ 6:17 pm

    very few :)

    I’m also planning for a LPIC, also like to know for any testing center in khi?

  4. Unaiza Nasim (unregistered) on May 25th, 2007 @ 7:26 pm

    There are many CCIE’s from karachi, sadly Not many IN karachi.
    they are working abroad. even yousaf bhai ji takes exams of security in australia.
    similar events by cisco have been held in the past too.

  5. d0ct0r (unregistered) on May 25th, 2007 @ 8:10 pm

    so is the cisco certification still suspended here or have they resumed?

  6. Salman A. (unregistered) on May 25th, 2007 @ 8:23 pm

    I love these companies’ work model:
    You produce talent I hire ’em.
    What you get for doing all the ground work? Some foreign remittance.
    What I get, the whole pie.

    Very smart :)

  7. Zeeshan Syed (unregistered) on May 25th, 2007 @ 10:20 pm

    A very nice post! Good job!

  8. Zeeshan Syed (unregistered) on May 25th, 2007 @ 10:22 pm

    A very nice post! I was getting sick and tired of the posts regarding political drama. Good information here! Thank you :)

  9. Imran (unregistered) on May 25th, 2007 @ 10:45 pm


  10. Adnan Siddiqi (unregistered) on May 25th, 2007 @ 11:06 pm

    bhai ek zamanay mey[in late 90s] mey 500 rupay me ek paper nikalta thaa. mere kai dosto ne raatoun raat dosroun ko MCP,MCSE or MCDBA banadia- LOL! Is sakhawat k waja se Microsoft Bawla hogaya kio k puri dunya k MCPs me se 80% Pakistan se hotay thay. :>

    There was an owner of a testing center in PECHS who was very famous. I can’t recall his name but his name was very very unique!!

    Mohsin, LPIC also starting UCP[Ubuntu Certified Professional] from June.

  11. Ahmed (unregistered) on May 26th, 2007 @ 1:06 am

    ubuntu certified professional what the heck is that any details?

  12. MB (unregistered) on May 26th, 2007 @ 11:11 am

    @TEE EMM
    Thanks for this valuable info. Can you please shed some more light on what will be in the program?

    What could be the possible benefits we should be looking at ? Should we just send an email at the address for registration?

  13. MB (unregistered) on May 26th, 2007 @ 11:15 am

    Tumharay paper ka kuch bana ?
    help nahi ki na tumne koi . . . . kutti

  14. Tee Emm (unregistered) on May 26th, 2007 @ 11:25 am

    @ Munib: The session lets you talk to people who are very closely associated with the CCIE program. They will not only share their experiences with the program but you can also get reality checks from them on what to expect/not expect from such a test.

    You can register by sending a plain email to the cisco guys organizing this event for the second time in Karachi.

  15. Adnan Siddiqi (unregistered) on May 26th, 2007 @ 2:59 pm

    yar Ahmed ab tum bhe ye pocho gey? :-). Google was more nearer to you than me =)



  16. Mohsin (unregistered) on May 27th, 2007 @ 3:34 am

    I’ve heard about it but i’ll stick with LPIC coz i think it’s a more general certification of Linux compared to other distro specific certifications.

  17. wasiq (unregistered) on May 27th, 2007 @ 4:52 am

    i salute all the unsung heroes of the IT industry who work miraculously and turn the XYZee into ABC….!GOD BLESS you all…

  18. Muhammad (unregistered) on June 2nd, 2007 @ 5:59 am

    Hello….So any news regards to any new testing centers in karachi..Is there any ?
    Pls let me know

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