2nd Stakeholder’s Seminar for Industry-Academia Linkages 2022

The Department of Economics and Agricultural Economics organized its second Stakeholder’s seminar for Industry-Academia Linkages 2022 on September 07th at KOICA seminar room.

The seminar was aimed at bridging and improving the gap of Industry-Academia linkage both academically and research and their outcomes for its practical applicability in the real world.

The seminar was organized by Dr. Gulnaz Hameed (Assistant Professor) and Dr. Muhammad Abdul Rahman (Lecturer) Department of Economics in collaboration with ORIC.

The guests invited on the occasion were from various professional backgrounds viz. industry, freelance-entrepreneurs, businesses, chamber of commerce, academia and research organization. Mr. Tallat Mahmood Awan, Vice President Rawalpindi Chamber of Commerce and Industry was the chief guest.

Dr. Arshad Mahmood Malik, Chairman Department of Economics inaugurated the seminar with the recitation of Holy Quran. He then presented the overall progress of the department both at academic and research front and opened the house for discussion, suggestions and improvements in the current curricula being taught and advancements in research.

The participants were of the view that industry and businesses should help research students to conduct industry demand driven research similar they aid entrepreneurs for start-ups. The house was also unanimous about the importance of teacher’s training required for building linkages for industry. The world of today requires an integrated approach of research for solutions for contemporary problems which can only be achieved through integration of scientists from different backgrounds. The importance of social media was also highlighted as one of the most appropriate tools for dissemination of knowledge. It was also demanded by industry experts that the outcome of university research should be published in newspapers as it is read by a wide audience, especially businesses.

The chief guest Mr. Tallat focused on the fact that university curricula should have more share of practical and field work rather than theory in each subject. This is the demand of all businesses so that when they hire fresh graduates, they have practical knowledge to some extent. The optional courses at graduate levels can be mended as per industry and business demand. He also emphasized on having career counseling programs for students to train their minds like an entrepreneur at graduate level.

Prof. Dr. Abdul Saboor, Dean Faculty of Social Sciences concluded the session by appreciating all the invited guests for sparing their time for this noble cause. He added that sustainable poverty from society can only be removed through quality and practical education.