A research showcase of market-ready innovation, displaying the research capabilities and technologies of the National University of Sciences & Technology was held on Friday at DHA Country & Golf Club, Karachi.

The event was held with the aim to build deeper and meaningful industry partnerships with multiple stakeholders, including the top-of-the-line corporate, business, and industrial leadership of Karachi. Prominent among those present at the occasion were Rector NUST Engr Javed Mahmood Bukhari, DG Rangers Sindh, Maj Gen Iftikhar Hassan Chaudhary, and over 300 partners representing diverse industrial sectors.

The event was structured into two thematic areas, including a showcase of NUST research excellence that included multiple stalls and setups of multidisciplinary higher education, innovation and research taking place at NUST, and a conference highlighting the vision, mission and future direction towards forging meaningful partnerships with the industry.

Rector NUST Engr Javed Mahmood Bukhari said that in this day and age, technology is a defining factor of productivity and if developed and used rationally commensurate with the contemporary needs can yield incredible outcomes vis-à-vis inclusive socioeconomic growth. He maintained it is imperative that academia and industry work in unison, whereby the university produces research tailored to the needs of industry.

Expressing his gratitude to industry representatives attending the NUST research showcase in Karachi, he termed the initiative best foot forward to reinforce NUST-industry linkages, that would have far-reaching positive dividends for the national economy.

In his welcome address, Dr Rizwan Riaz, Pro-Rector Research, Innovation & Commercialisation NUST, highlighted the university’s vision to be a 4th generation centre of higher learning in terms of building the nation through transformative higher education. He maintained that the basic nodes of this ecosystem are education, research and utilisation of knowledge, emphasising it is this last component that inspired the idea of research showcase as a means to bridge the gap between industry and academia.

The guest of honour, DG Rangers Sindh, Maj Gen Iftikhar Hassan Chaudhary commended the efforts of NUST towards developing close liaison with the industry and, as a deduction, paving the way for sustainable socioeconomic growth of the country. He also expressed his deep admiration for an array of high-impact projects displayed at the event.

The project displays catered to as diverse fields as Health, Defence, AI, IT, Real Estate, Auto Tech and its entrepreneurial ventures coming out of its incubation spaces and country’s first Science & Technology Park, the National Science & Technology Park based in NUST Islamabad campus.

Some of the notable projects and their prototypes showcased included Formula Electric Cars, Bare Metal and Drug-Eluting Stents, Powered Air Purifying Respirator, Aerial Spraying Drone, Tele-operated Decontamination Robot, Multi-Agent Robotic Therapy for Children with Autism, MindQuil, Handheld device for Building Resilience and Coping with Anxiety and Vertical Axis Wind Turbine for Energy Harvesting, to name a few. In their remarks, industry and corporate leaders extolled NUST for coming to Karachi and acknowledged the quality of research on display.

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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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