The University of Karachi on Monday signed the memorandum of understandings with Morganic and Chipsiko to create knowledge-based economy and to provide hands-on training to varsity graduates on industry-relevant projects.

As per the MoU inked with the Morganic, KU faculty would conduct various industrially relevant research projects including production of tomato puree and powder, solar mechanical drying of fruits and vegetables, development of potato starch, production of Quinoa products, development of seaweed sheets, and preparation of Kimchi.

Morganic has offered to facilitate internship to at least four students of the department of food science and technology per year.

Meanwhile, according to the MoU signed with Chipsiko (M & G Foods), they have agreed to production of tortillas and reduction of oil uptake in Banana chips. They have offered internship programme to two students of the department of the food science and technology per year.

On this occasion, the Vice Chancellor of the University of Karachi Professor Dr Khalid Mahmood Iraqi said that the collaboration of academia and industries is beneficial not only for the students but also for the faculty and industries.

He believes that students will have the opportunity to learn about industrial problems and challenges while faculty members will use their skills to provide far-reaching solutions that will significantly increase their productivity as the industries will have quick and affordable solutions.

The KU VC Professor Dr Khalid Iraqi observed that such agreements are the source of strong collaboration and connectivity between universities and industries.

The MoUs signing ceremony was held at the KU Vice Chancellor’s Secretariat. The KU VC Professor Dr Khalid Iraqi and Chief Executive Officer Morganic Momina Rizwan while the owner of the Chipsiko (M & G Foods) Mohammad Aamir signed the MoUs documents

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Arshad Yousafzai is a Karachi-based journalist covering Education and Human Rights. He can be reached on Twitter @Arshadyousafzay

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