Islamabad: Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU) has formally set up a separate office of Research, innovation and commercialization (ORIC) to maintain liaison with industrial sector to share latest research in the relevant fields.
The office will work as a bridge between the researchers and the end user for the application of latest knowledge (new innovation) in a particularly field, said Vice Chancellor Prof. Dr. Shahid Siddiqui while inaugurating the ORIC. The society should get the benefit of research findings, being carried out in the educational institutions, he added.
He noted that Higher Education Commission has allocated a huge fund for the research work and now it is the duty of the Universities to ensure its proper use and disseminate their research findings among the end users and the policy-makers for the socio-economic development of the country. The present day’s repaid socio-economic progress world-over is the result of continuous research and development of new ideas and innovations in the manufacturing sector, he added.
AIOU, Dr. Shahid Siddiqui further had laid special focus on research-based activities, by publishing research journals and holding seminar and conferences on the relevant topics. A special incentives package has also been given for this purpose.
Prof. Dr. Nowshad Khan, Head of ORIC said on the occasion that a core-group will be set up to evaluate the research findings and to pass on the credible one to relevant sector. The ORIC will try to meet the demand of a particular industrial sector as well, equipping them with latest knowledge and development in a particular field. The manufacturing groups may also contact them for their research-based needs, he added.
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