He was a brilliant student with lots of ambitions and goals, but poverty at home forced him to drop out of school halfway. However, fate had other plans for him, and today he is an entrepreneur who owns a UK-based IT company.
Originally from the Batamaloo region of the city of Srinagar in Jammu and Kashmir, Sheikh Asif after dropping out of school in 2008, worked with a local IT company in Kashmir for about six years.
“Due to financial constraints, I only studied up to the 8th standard. However, in 2016 I was fortunate enough to visit the UK where I met a Google employee who helped me start a Thames Infotech web design company, ”said Cheikh, 27 years old, with a smile.
Sheikh was also nominated for one of India’s most prestigious civilian awards, the Padma Shri Award in 2022.
He added: “Today I am an entrepreneur, CEO and founder of the same UK based company.” Although he is a good student, Cheikh has to work in different stores to meet his daily needs. “From 2001 to 2007, my father was mostly sick because of what I had to make a living for my family. The time came when I decided to quit my school and start making money.
Despite all the difficulties, Sheikh did not give up on web design and graphics. “In 2014, I was financially stable enough to create my own business, but due to the floods in Kashmir my plans once again derailed. Looking for a job, I started a trip from Kashmir to Delhi and from Delhi to London.
Sheikh returned to Kashmir in 2018 following his dream of educating his country about IT. “When I came back to Kashmir, I started a business to offer online courses for those interested in web design and digital marketing. “
Since then he has been educating young people in Kashmir on IT and teaching them about web design and digital marketing. So far, Sheikh claims taught digital marketing to 800 students around the world.
Students can reach him directly through his official website. www.sheikhasif.com or his Facebook @ sheeikhasif / Instagram @sheiikhaasif to register for classes. Sheikh has also designed a number of websites including logos, graphics, and mobile apps.
Following the increase in suicide cases in the Kashmir Valley and the promotion of mental health, he created a mobile application called “Listen To Me”. “In just three weeks, the app was downloaded by over 100 users,” Sheikh said when speaking to Social history.
Interesting way, dropping out of school is also the author of three books—Digitalization in business, online business ideas and starting a business.
It has also received several awards, including the Best Web Designer Award in 2017-18-19-2020, awarded by three top-rated IT companies (UK) and based in Washington.
Recently, Sheikh was also nominated for one of the highest civilian distinctions (Padma Shri Prize 2022).
While sharing a message for the people, Sheikh said parents should change the way they think about education. “In addition to doctors and engineers, it takes other professionals to build a modernized society. They should always support their children’s dreams and passions.