Five prominent universities have decided to form a collaborative partnership to promote society-driven quality research and pass it on to relevant industries. The varsities include Shaheed Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto Medical University, University of Faisalabad, National Textile University Faisalabad, University of Gujrat and Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU).
In this connection, a seminar was held on Wednesday at AIOU where it was agreed that the universities will work together to strengthen university-industry linkages for better utilisation of research. The varsities will share academic resources to provide required professional input to industries. It was agreed that a collaborative mechanism will be developed with support of Higher Education Commission (HEC) for transfer of research-based knowledge.
The event was presided over by AIOU Vice Chancellor Dr Shahid Siddqui who underlined the need for conducting relevant, applied and meaningful research at the university level for transformation of society. “Mere publication of research papers will not be enough, rather greater emphasis should be laid on development of innovations and technologies for use of industrial houses,” he added.
He hoped a consortium of five universities will serve as a model to develop research-based learning management system institutions.
HEC Adviser Dr Tariq Mahmood said there was tremendous progress in the higher education sector in recent years. The total number of PhDs in the country has reached 10,000. Out of these, about 6,000 are engaged in research work in universities, he informed.
National University Faisalabad Rector Dr Arshad Ali spoke about the importance of university-industry collaboration. Industries expect intensive professional input from researchers and professors, who must provide solution to problems being faced by them.
Published in The Express Tribune, June 11th, 2015.
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