QUETTA : University of Turbat (UoT) Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Abdul Razzaq Sabir has said that Office of Research, Innovation and Commercialisation (ORIC) will play a vital role in economic development and promotion of business activities in this part of the country.
“The UoT ORIC has achieved many millstones. It has conducted entrepreneurship challenge and business gala,” said the VC while addressing the ORIC pre-summit meeting of 3rd Innovation Summit Balochistan 2018.
The two-day pre-summit meeting was held at the UoT in collaboration with other universities of Balochistan.
Dr Waheed Noor from University of Balochistan, Dr Waseem Asghar Khan from BUETK, Dr MM Tariq Kiani from CASVAB UoB, Dr Zafarullah Jatakand from LUAWMS, Aslam Zaib Manager R&D UET Khuzdar, Dr S Rahmat Shah Associate Professor, Rehmatullah from Institute of Research Promotion (IRP), Bashir Agha from Pakistan Gems and Jewellery Training Centre, Muhammad Iqbal, Assistant Manager, SMEDA and Mazar Mohsin, Chairman, Computer Science UoT were in attendance.
UoT Registrar Dr Haneef Ur Rahman, Faculty of Management Sciences Dean Prof Dr Munir Ahmed Gichki, Economic Department Chairman Dr Abdul Qayyum, PSO to VC Chaker Hyder and other faculty members were also present on this occasion.
Dr Sabir said, “ORIC is working on many Higher Education Commission research projects, is organising research workshops and encouraging self-employment and job-providing concept in the region.”
He emphasised on aligning academic activities of universities with the market requirement through strong academia-industry-society-government linkages.
He appreciated the initiatives taken by the HEC and its chairman Dr Mukhtar Ahmed for starting departments like ORIC and QEC in universities to promote economy-based education in the country.
The vice chancellor informed the delegation that UoT was the first university on the route of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) and it had the strength to provide qualified human resource for CPEC projects.
He said, “We sent more than 15 faculty members abroad on scholarships for MPhil and PhD and more than 20 faculty members to different universities in Pakistan for advanced and higher studies. Almost half of them have rejoined the university after completing their higher education.”
He disclosed that his institution was planning to organise the second convocation in April this year. He congratulated UoT ORIC Director Abdul Majid Nasir and his team for organising a successful two-day pre-summit meeting at UoT in collaboration with ORIC of other universities in Balochistan.
Speakers presented their suggestions over strengthening technology presentation in exhibitions,
They also gave detailed presentations on developing date palm sector in Balochistan, and strengthening start-up competition in the summit and post-summit incubation and entrepreneurship.
The UoT ORIC Director Abdul Majid Nasir welcomed and thanked the guests for participating in pre-summit meeting.
The delegation also visited Gwadar and met its Gwadar Port Authority Chairman Dostein Jamaldini and Gwadar Development Authority (GDA) Director General Dr Sajjad Ahmed and discussed opportunities for strengthening the academia industry linkage for the promotion of business activities in the region.