As directed by HEC, Universities from Pakistan were encouraged to participate in an International Business Plan Competition i.e Pakathon 2015.
After the Vice Chancellors approval our first step was to meet with the heads of the departments of Management Sciences and Mass Communications. Several aspects of a well-rounded team and their mentoring were discussed. The ORIC team then met with the students that were interested in participating and held sessions with them in the botany seminar room. After discussing their ideas the teams were made and students from both departments were paired together. Ms Mobina from the management sciences held a two hour session along with ORIC and guided and mentored them at the end of which we had two elaborate ideas. Since we had only two properly thought out ideas we decided to use them both since 3 submissions were to be made from each university. Both ideas which were finalized were as follows:
· Hydroponics on roof top
· GPS system to monitor the arrival timings of the public transport buses in Lahore
The students were guided through various details such as the material of the video and the filming of it was also monitored. ORIC was in constant communication with HEC and Pakathon Global officials. A rough draft of the videos was submitted on the 30th and they could be edited till the 4th of November so the final versions were uploaded then. The videos were power point presentations with voice overs.
Final round of Pakathon was held on 8th November, 2015 from 9pm-2am PST. The team working on the Hydroponics project got a call and made it to the finals in Toronto, Canada. Five teams from Pakistan (LCWU, NUST, IBA, and University of Malakand) were selected and a total of twelve teams participated in the competition. The team from LCWU participated through Skype. The video prepared by the team was shown at the event which then followed by the question and answer session by the panel of judges. The students answered the questions confidently. The teams who won had presented ideas related to social causes.
Seminar on “Total Quality Management (TQM) Implementation in Education
The Office of Research, Innovation and Commercialization organized a seminar on “Total Quality Management (TQM) Implementation in Education”, for the students of faculty of Management & Administrative Sciences on 18th November, 2015 at Botany Seminar Room, LCWU. Mr. Attiq ur Rehman, Assistant Professor, MBA (marketing) – Gold Medalist, M.Phil (TQM) UVAS, Lahore was the guest speaker. He highlighted the importance of TQM, ISO 9001 Lead Auditor Quality Management System (QMS) and Six Sigma Black Belt (SSBB). He also focused on the outcome based learning processes in Higher Education institutions of Pakistan. Students from BBA, B.com and BPA departments of LCWU enthusiastically participated in this seminar. Prof. Dr. Kausar Malik (Director, ORIC-LCWU) concluded the seminar with a vote of thanks.
Seminar on Frequency of Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus in Patients with Chronic Hepatitis C Virus Infection
The Office of Research, Innovation & Commercialization facilitated an informative session on Frequency of Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus in Patients with Chronic Hepatitis C Virus Infection on 21st October, 2015 at Botany Seminar Room, LCWU. Dr. Shazia Rafique, Assistant Professor, was the guest speaker from Centre for Applied Molecular Biology (CAMB). She discussed the entry pathway of HCV in liver and she also emphasized on the fact that this is RNA virus. She also deliberated that type 2 diabetes mellitus shortens the lifespan of the HCV positive patient.Dean of Natural Sciences also attended this session along with faculty member from the Botany and Environmental Sciences Department. Approximately 120 students from departments of Botany, Environmental Sciences and Biotechnology attended this event.
Meeting with the Catalonia Delegation for Possible Collaborations in Various Fields
The Office of Research, Innovation & Commercialization, LCWU organized a meeting of LCWU’s senior faculty with the delegation from the Catalonia Trade and Investment, Government of Catalonia, Spain to discuss the future collaborations between both parties, on 6th October, 2015, at Syndicate Hall, LCWU. Mr. Suprio Bose, Managing Director, Trade and Investment Office Mumbai and Dr. Juame Mir CEO Biochemize were representing the Spanish industry. Faculty members represented their departments at the meeting. It was emphasized that both parties can work together in various domains such as knowledge transfer, student/faculty exchange and research and development in various disciplines. Dr. Juame Mir gave a brief introduction regarding the research work of his company. The Faculty of Science was highly motivated by this presentation thus they discussed their current and future research projects.
Seminar on Importance of Forensic Sciences
The Office of Research, Innovation & Commercialization organized a seminar on Importance of Forensic Sciences on 17th June, 2015, at Pharmacy Seminar Room, LCWU. Dr. Muhammad Sarwar (CEO-Pakistan Forensic Science Agency) was the guest speaker on this occasion. The aim of this activity was to create awareness regarding the applications of forensic science. He talked about the establishment of the Punjab Forensic Science Agency and the services provided by them. Various case studies were discussed by the guest speaker More than 100 students attended this event from the faculty of Natural Sciences.
Informative Session on LUMS Center of Entrepreneurship (LCE)
The Office of Research, Innovation & Commercialization facilitated an informative session on LUMS Center of Entrepreneurship (LCE) on 2nd June, 2015 at Botany Seminar Room, LCWU. LUMS Centre for Entrepreneurship is an independent center established to support entrepreneurship. It is one of the most comprehensive experiential platforms for budding entrepreneurs. LCE aimed to scout future entrepreneurs from LCWU.Ms. Asma Asif (Marketing Manager) was the guest speaker from LCE. She discussed how LCE mentored new entrepreneurs in establishing successful startups. Approximately 120 students from different departments attended this event.
Session on Intellectual Property Rights for Innovation and Creativity
The Office of Research, Innovation & Commercialization organized a session on Intellectual Property Rights for Innovation and Creativity on 5th May, 2015, at IT Conference room, LCWU. Barrister Ahmad Farooq Malik (Partner, JUS & REM Attorneys & Corporate Counselors), Advocate Saad Nasrullah (Humayun’s Legal and Intellectual Property Consultant), Almas Hyder (Chairman-SPEL), and Ayesha Hamid (CEO-Asia School) were the guest speakers on this occasion. The aim of this activity was to create awareness regarding the promotion and protection of IPR, innovation and economic development, commercialization of intellectual property. The faculty was encouraged to file patents/ copyright which is the first step towards commercialization. More than 100 students attended this event along with 20 faculty members from various departments.
Seminar on Entrepreneurship Models in Health Care
The Office of Research, Innovation and Commercialization (ORIC) organized a seminar on “Entrepreneurship Models in Health Care” for faculty and students of Pharmacy Department on 25th March 2015 at the Seminar Hall, Institute of Pharmacy. Dr. Faisal Khokhar, CEO, Remington Pharmaceutical Industries was the resource person for the seminar. He discussed that innovative ideas lead to successful business that generates wealth and in turn contributes to the economy of the country. He gave examples of the various startup companies in healthcare system and he also highlighted the hurdles faced by new startups. Dr. Ismat Naeem, Director ORIC, concluded the seminar with a vote of thanks. More than 200 students from the Institute of Pharmacy, LCWU attended this seminar.
Seminar on Bridging Gap between Academia and Industry
The Office of Research, Innovation and Commercialization organized a seminar on “Bridging gap between academia and industry”: producing viable commercial research for faculty and students of Natural Sciences on 12th March 2015 at Botany lecture theatre. Mr. Rahmat ul Allah, Coordinator, Institute of Research Promotion and Mr. Nadir Shah, Director, Institute of Research Promotion were the resource persons. They focused on how to produce research needed by industry and discussed how to establish effective linkages with industry for faculty and student transfer besides the training of faculty. Faculty and students enthusiastically participated in it. Dr. Arifa Tahir (HOD Environmental Sciences) concluded the seminar with a vote of thanks.