Islamabad, July 14, 2021 (PPI-OT):Federal Minister for Science and Technology, Shibli Faraz has stressed upon the need of a linkage between industry and academia. He was addressing the 12th open house and careers fair organized by the Faculty of Engineering and Technology of International Islamic University (IIU). Students exhibited more than 100 innovative projects at the 12th open house and careers.
The Federal Minister said that youth are a ray of hope and a guarantee of a bright future. He said that interest and performance of youth in Engineering and Technology is a positive omen. Shibli Faraz said that the Ministry of Science and Technology is focusing on promotion of applied research. He added that the ministry is keen to build a link between industry, education sector and the government.
Projects showcased included solar and formula cars, an advanced application-based operatable wheelchair, eye technology, a healthcare monitoring system, an electric wheelchair, smart energy meters, a water distribution system and power generation projects.
The students apprised the visitors about their projects to the invigilators, representatives of industry and chief guests. The projects were also viewed and analyzed by industrialists and engineering experts, who chose students for career-building. The ceremony was also attended by DG HRD NESCOM Dr. Nadeem Ahmed Javed and Member Technical KRL Dr. Abdul Qayyum.
The grand ceremony was also addressed by President, Islamabad Chamber of Commerce Sardar Yasir Ilyas who said Pakistan has 55% youth that, if utilized, can bring prosperity and progress. He stressed upon addressing the disconnect between academia and industry and role of Islamabad Chamber of Commerce in this regard. He said research and commercialization must be the top priorities at the universities. He said that the approach of job seeking should be replaced with job creation.
Speaking on the occasion, IIUI Rector urged to conduct interaction activities between students of technology and engineering and the industry; He added that links between academia and industry could resolve issues. He said linkage of academia and focus on knowledge economy are the key elements to solve our issues. He said that IIUI is travelling towards new heights and IIU President has informed that the university will soon have 15 foreign faculty members through a sponsorship by Imam Muhamamd Ibn Saud University, Saudi Arabia.
He also said that a number of new patents through the incubation centre of IIUI have been processed. He told that the IIU President has also apprised that the university is about to launch its ODL and online learning system through which courses in various 90 programs shall be offered soon. The IIUI Rector appreciated the hard work of the IIUI President and vowed that no stone shall be left unturned for the progress of the university. He said few elements were trying to sabotage the university’s progress and such attempts shall be foiled on all levels.
IIU President Dr. Hathal Homou Alotaibi in his address briefed about the introduction, role, scope, objectives and future aims of the university. He said the university is all set to advance towards the destination of success through new initiatives such as inclusion of foreign faculty, distance learning and online short courses and new strategic plan.
He hoped that the new strategic plan of the university will pave the way to achieve lofty goals. He told that the university is also focusing on linkages and adoption of the latest trends of teaching and learning. Hailing the FET open house, he said the event provided a platform to bring academia and industry together to share experiences and bring positive results.
Dean FET, Nadeem Ahmed Shiekh in his address thanked IIUI leadership for the support and also elaborated about the details of the event.
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