Two day workshop organized by the office of research, innovation and commercialization (ORIC), GCUF on January 25, 2016. The Chairman, Higher Education Commission (HEC), Prof. Dr. Mukhtar Ahmed was chief guest of the event. In his address he appreciated the step taken by the Vice Chancellor, GCUF, Prof. Dr. Muhammad Ali to bring the Government, Academia and Industry on one platform to discuss their problems and expectations from one another. He promised his full support to develop this linkage and provide all the resources available to them on the behalf of the Government.
Beside the several oral presentations from the members of the Faisalabad Chamber of Commerce and Industry (FCCI) and Industrial participants, there were two panel discussions attended by large numbers of dignities from Government, Industry and Academia. Prof. Dr. Khalid Mahmood Khan (ex- Vice Chancellor PMAS-Arid agriculture university, Rawalpindi), Prof. Dr. Iqrar Ahmad Khan (vice chancellor of University of Agriculture, Faisalabad), Prof. Dr. Qaiser Mushtaq (vice chancellor of the Islamia university of Bahawalpur), Prof. Dr. Faiz-Ul-Hassan (vice chancellor, University of Education, Lahore), Prof. Dr. Asif Ali (vice chancellor, Muhammad Nawaz Shareef university of Agriculture, Multan), Prof. Dr. Abdul Majeed (rector, The university of Faisalabad) and Prof. Dr. Naureen Aziz Qureshi (vice chancellor, Government College Women University, Faisalabad) presented their viewpoints and suggestions to develop a long lasting relation between the Government-Academia-Industry and congratulate Prof. Dr. Muhammad Ali for taking this initiative. Dr. Habib Aslam Gaba (president, standing committee FCCI), large number of Industrial representative presented the viewpoint of the business community. Dr. Rizwan Ahamd (Director General, NESCOM, Islamaad) Mr. Muzamil Bashir and Mr. Reham Ashraf showed their willingness to work with academia and said that academia can serve as ambassadors for the nindustry as well.
Prof. Dr. Muhammad Ali (Vice Chancellor, GCUF) in his address, said that he is highly obliged to their chairman HEC Pakistan, all the respective Vice chancellors for attending this workshop on our invitation. He gave a detailed road map on which we can proceed to develop a long lasting relationship between the industry and academia, which will defend the benefits of all the stakeholders. He proposed that we will develop a central house looping all the academic institutions in our surroundings and will meet with our local industry time to time for their problems and for quick response to their solutions. He proposed that other universities should also arrange such events so that this concept of Industry and academia linkage under umbrella of the Government should spread like a virus so that our universities can also attain this trademark.
Dr. Khalid Mahmood Zia (director, ORIC, GCUF) in his address also emphasize that if we want to compete with the developing countries, we need to have a strong mutual relationship between the academia and industry which will flourish both of them and is also in the national interest. He said that such events are rare in the fate of nations, when they discuss their problems and proposed solutions at one table and once they are, the prove as turning point for them. This linkage will strengthen our research culture and will make a way to take benefit of our research of our common people. He also extended his thanks to all the participants and all the guest and faculty members for showing their interest in the issue directly related to their future directions of research.
Large number of ORIC directors representing their universities (both public and private) across the Pakistan, members of the different chambers of commerce and industries, national research institutions (Ayub agriculture research institute, Faisalabad; National institute for biotechnology and genetics, Faisalabad; Nuclear institute for agriculture and biology, Faisalabad) participated in the panel discussions of both days and appreciated these efforts of ORIC, GCUF and Prof. Dr. Muhammad Ali for this though provoking step and an initiative for developing this long lasting gap.
Their was healthy participation from all faculties of GCUF in this event on both days and it reflects the interest of our researchers to extend our collaboration with industry.