Report of Webinar on Postpandemic effects of COVID-19

Department of Zoology and ORIC, LCWU organized an International webinar on Postpandemic effects of COVID-19 on health and community on Wednesday 23rd September, 2020. More than 100 participants joined the webinar. The speakers of the webinar were VC, LCWU, Prof. Dr. Bushra Mirza; VC UHS Lahore Prof. Dr. Javed Akram, HOD Zoology and Director ORIC Prof. Dr. Farkhanda Manzoor, Prof. Dr. Merilyn Hibma from University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand, Dr. Zeeshan Pasha from University of Illinois Chicago USA, Dr. Yasir Bashir from Queensland Health Brisbane, Australia, Dr. Yasir Cheema from Quadram Institute Bioscience Norwich, UK and Dr. Shah Jahan from UHS Lahore. It was started with recitation of Holy Quran. Our worthy Vice Chancellor opened the webinar and talked about the usefulness of this informative webinar as effects of COVID-19 has adversely affected health and community services. All the participants shared their views about this pandemic situation and strategies taken to overcome this in their respective countries. The webinar was concluded by the talk of Prof. Dr. Farkhanda Manzoor.

IdeaGist –Pilot Cohort 2- Entrepreneurship Training

Mr. Syed Hassan, CEO - IdeaGist, started his incubator in 2012. In 2019, Ideagist announced an increase in its technology investment from $55 million to $100m to support Prime Minister Imran Khan’s vision on entrepreneurship and innovation in emerging technologies. The vision of LCWU is to provide quality education, accessible to all in order to produce empowered, creative women leaders in order to produce employable and entrepreneurial graduates who can contribute effectively to the job market. Keeping this vision in mind; ORIC-LCWU established liaison with Ideagist , in order to enroll LCWU student for Cohort II of Ideagist in April, 2020. The deadline of the registration was 26th April, 2020. 113 applications have been received from LCWU. The shortlisted startup will have unlimited access to online resources for conversion of their ideas in to successful business.
Session on Change Making Intelligence in Collaboration with YES Network Pakistan

ORIC-LCWU has organized an online session on Change Making Intelligence in Collaboration with YES Network Pakistan on 24th June, 2020. Mr. Ali Raza Khan, CEO YES Network, talked about a new term “Changemaking Intelligence” to introduce a new kind of intelligence in society.  In his upcoming book “Changemaking Intelligence”, Mr. Ali has boldly challenged the existing education system that is grounded in the past and preventing young people from inventing and innovating.   In this session, he has discussed what change making intelligence is and how is it different from other intelligences and how we can embed this concept in educational institutions? The session was uploaded on ORIC facebook page and webtvLCWU.

Lecture on How to properly dispose used masks in COVID-19:
Director ORIC, Prof. Dr. Farkhanda Manzoor, recently, gave a lecture on how to properly dispose of used mask as this mask can spread COVID-19 among stray animals and sanitary workers.  This lecture was uploaded on webtv LCWU and ORIC facebook page. The link is here;

Awareness regarding COVID 19

Leaflets and banners were distributed and displayed on the entrance of LCWU to create awareness regarding COVID 19 among students and faculty. These banners and leaflets were printed in Urdu. The safety guidelines were clearly stated along with symptoms of COVID-19 listed. Moreover, ORIC dispatched these leaflets to affiliated colleges and other universities of Lahore.

Disinfection of LCWU campus

ORIC- LCWU has provided disinfectant, spray pumps, fogger and Scanner thermometer for administrative department and security staff on duty as precautionary measures against Corona. This disinfectant was in accordance to WHO guidelines.  Prof. Dr. Farkhanda Manzoor, Director ORIC handed over these items to estate office and security cell for use.
The Admin Block and offices and classrooms were disinfected.  Scanner thermometers were given to security personnel at the entrance gate to check the temperature of the individual entering university premises; if anyone will have fever then he/she will not be allowed to enter the university premises. This is a major precautionary step against COVID-19 in LCWU campus. If any faculty/student will need assistance in this regard, ORIC will help.

Trash Masti : Data Collection And Processing Of Recyclables From LCWU

Environmental pollution has become an abhorrent threat to humans and wildlife all around the world. Plastic consumption has been increasing globally, creating large amount of litter and posing threat to the environment. Trash Masti is Pakistan first online waste management platform that disrupt waste industry by creating opportunities in recycling. They are team of professionals from industry and engineers. The objective of Trash Masti company is to engage youth in ecofriendly waste management solutions and help people to sell dry waste by single click and convert trash into cash. Office of Research, Innovation and Commercialization (ORIC) at LCWU supports high end research, commercialization and industrial linkages thus in August, 2019 Trash Masti Founder Farukh Naseem and Co-founder Zillay Mariam collaborated with LCWU for the project ‘Data collection and processing of recyclables from public university’. It was a three month long project in which collection of dry waste i.e. paper, bottles and wrappers from the LCWU occurred. Firstly, mapping of University Campus, allocation of bins within campus premises were occurred at three points i.e. zoology department, hostel and book shop. A room was specified in ORIC for placing collection. Awareness walk and lectures were conducted so that they participate in cleaning the environment. Collection was done on daily basis and after the end of month trash hero was called for the transporting of dry waste from LCWU to trash masti company for waste management and recyling. The total collection was 182Kgs in three months. The collection of plastic in these months was about 40 Kgs whereas the paper and cardboard collection were 83 Kgs and 59 Kgs respectively. Environment International Conference and Exhibition 2019 were held in Royal Palm Golf and Country Club where different company houses came and presented their ideas. Trash Masti company was the only pure recyclable company there. The stall was arranged by LCWU team along with Trash Masti for the awareness of the project.

Trainings conducted under TDF Project Awarded

The Higher Education Commission aims "to facilitate institutions of higher learning to serve as engines for socio-economic development of Pakistan" as stated in the mission. Along these lines, Higher Education Commission (HEC) of Pakistan took an initiative to finance proposals of completed interdisciplinary applied research projects for prototype development and industrial value addition for technology development. The proposed funded projects would be expected to develop a product or service which would positively impact, inter alia,  the economy, solve a current problem, meet a market need, utilize local raw materials, move current products up the value chain and create large scale employment. Prof. Dr. Farkhanda Manzoor and Dr. Shafaq Fatima from Zoology Department submitted one project under TDF and this project was approved for funding.  As part of transfer of technology phase of the project, ORIC-LCWU organized a series of interactive seminars with support of the project team in three provinces of Pakistan; Punjab, Sindh and Baluchistan to maximize the dissemination of knowledge about this innovation in Aquaculture.

Graduation Ceremony – Cohort II

CGI conducted the online graduation ceremony of Cohort II on 28th of March 2020. Elecktrico from LCWU was the selected the best startup at event. Zainab Irfan, student of International Relation at LCWU and CEO of this startup. Her team aims to recycle the old worn out electronic waste into useful electronic devices. As Pakistan itself is not an electronic producing country, this initiative will help out to provide electronics at cheaper rate.

National Symposium on Biotechnology Entrepreneurship

A national symposium on Biotechnology Entrepreneurship is organized by the Department of Biotechnology, LCWU on 5th March, 2020. Different ideas were presented by students, the most fleshing ideas were Biocosmetics and Micropropagation of medicinal and ornamental plants as well as students also prepared Lie Detector device in forensic lab. All ideas were appreciated by Prof. Dr. Farkhanda Manzoor (Director ORIC) and Prof. Dr. Shagufta Naz ( HoD, Biotechnology Department). ORIC team participated and attended this event.

Awareness Seminar on Corona Virus

ORIC- LCWU in collaboration with Zoology Department conducted an awareness session on Coronavirus for faculty members and students at Student service Center on 10th March, 2020 from 10:00 am to 11:00 am. Prof. Dr. Tahir Yaqub , Professor  at the University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences, Lahore  was the guest speaker at this event as he has 25 years of experience working with infectious disease. Prof. Dr. Farkhanda Manzoor, CoD Zoology and Director ORIC, welcomed the esteemed guest and the audience. Dr. Tahir discussed the emergence of Corona virus and its symptoms in detail.   The event ended with a vote of thanks from Director ORIC.

Health solution proposal- Chugtai Laboratory
Chughtai laboratory was invited to set up a stall at LCWU to distribute its discount cards among the faculty and students. With this discount card, students and faculty can avail 30 percent discount on Laboratory tests conducted by chughtai lab. More than 100 cards were distributed on campus.

One day Workshop on “Through Your Smartphone with MyDIP (Digital Interactive Platform
ORIC-LCWU in collaboration with EDTechWorx organized a one day Workshop on “Through Your Smartphone with MyDIP (Digital Interactive Platform)” on 2nd March, 2020 at Architecture Computer Laboratory, Lahore. Dr Farrah Arif, Founder and CEO of EDTechWorx and LUMS faculty member was the resource person at this event. EDTechWorx is an educational technology company that develops online digital interactive data-driven products in the spectrum of Education and Corporate arena. Dr. Farrah Arif taught participants how to digitizing their existing course in the learner-centric DIP (Digital Interactive Platform). Faculty members from various departments attended this event ad certificates were distributed among the participants.

NAVTAAC – National Youth Development Program

ORIC- LCWU submitted proposal to NAVTTAC to initiate short courses at LCWU under the PM Hunermand program in November, 2019. Team from NAVTTAC visited LCWU on 24th December, 2019 to interview ORIC team and to physically verify facilities available at LCWU. As a result of this visit, ORIC- LCWU was allotted two courses that are Documentary and Film Making and Digital Marketing. Registration process was conducted by ORIC and interviews were conducted in Feb, 2020. The selected candidates were intimated and classes have commenced at Mass Communication department in the first week of March, 2020. MoU was also signed in March 2020 between NAVTAAC and LCWU for further collaboration.

Inter University Consortium for Promotion of Social Sciences

ORIC- LCWU in collaboration with Inter University Consortium for Promotion of Social Sciences organized a Startup Founder Workshop on “How to Build Successful Team and Businesses” at Student Service Center, Lahore College for Women University on 29th Feburary, 2020. The resource persons of the workshop were Ms. Eileen Brewer from America. She has helped to develop and deliver to market over 100 enterprise software and hardware products. Ms.Cathy Simpson, a certified scrum trainer and agile coach.
The Ms. Eileen Brewer & Ms.Cathy Simpson, discussed High performance team techniques for improving efficiency, impediment removal , team management and 21st century job trends.
Vice Chancellor, Prof. Dr. Bushra Mirza welcomed the esteemed guests along with Director ORIC, Prof. Dr. Farkhanda Manzoor.
Speaking at the occasion Prof. Dr. Bushra Mirza Vice Chancellor LCWU emphasized on the need to promote entrepreneurship, technical knowledge and skills.
The creation of the entrepreneurial culture is unavoidable for maintaining social and economic order. Let it be done for our Students, She said. She further added that our students can become successful entrepreneurs by learning digitization and soft skills. She said, 'STEM education is important in sustainable growth of the country and also critical component to win the future, STEM education creates critical thinkers, increases science literacy and enables the next generation of innovators''. She appreciated director ORIC and coordinator Inter University Consortium for Promotion of social sciences for jointly organizing this workshop.
LCWU organized this workshop in collaboration with IUCPSS and AIPS. Participants from eleven other women universities along with LCWU students also attended this event. The event ended with certificate distribution among participants.

Training on Social Entrepreneurship

ORIC in collaboration with Youth Engagement Services (YES) organized the training on Social Entrepreneurship for the students of LCWU on 21st January, 2020. The training was conducted by Mr. Ali Raza Khan, CEO of Youth Engagement Services (YES) Network Pakistan.
The trainer Mr. Ali Raza Khan talked about the importance of entrepreneurship and how innovative ideas lead to a successful business that generates wealth and in turn contributes towards building up the economy of the country. He encouraged students to initiate social change through their startups or innovative ideas and boosting students to participate in the Change making Week.

Mr. Ali Raza Khan distributed the amount of Rs 5000/ team as seed money to set up their startups on campus. This session ended with the vote of thanks from ORIC team.

One Day Capacity Building Workshop on NRPU Project Development

ORIC- LCWU conducted a One Day Capacity Building Workshop on NRPU Project Development for faculty members at the Zoology Seminar room on 20th December 2019 and 7th January 2020 from 10:00am-1:00pm. Dr. M. Zaffar Mehmood, Associate Professor Forman Christian College was the guest speaker for the workshop. He is the focal person and reviewer for NRPU projects. Prof. Dr. Farkhanda Manzoor, CoD Zoology and Director ORIC, welcomed the esteemed guest and the audience. He discussed all the aspects eminent for NRPU project development. The event ended with a vote of thanks from Director ORIC.

LCCI meeting regarding Academia Industry Linkages

Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industries (LCCI) are playing a key role in bridging academia-industry gap. LCCI has constituted a Standing Committee on Industry Academia Linkage to promote academia industry linkage. Dr. Muhammad Zia-ul-Haq- Senior Manager University Industry Linkages and Technology Transfer, attended meeting held by Standing Committee on Industry Academia Linkage of Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industries (LCCI) on 2nd December, 2019.

CGI Training Sessions

ORIC in collaboration with Centre of Global Innovators (CGI) initiated the 1st call for startups 2019 at LCWU. After several training sessions, Cohort –I have been successfully completed and now, Cohort II has been successfully launched.  It includes different modules regarding entrepreneurship, creativity and marketing. Eight sessions were held every month. Selected participants attended these training sessions conducted by the coordinator from CGI.

DICE  Conference

British Council is hosting DICE Conference at Lok Virsa, Islamabad on the 3rd-4th of December, 2019. Prof. Dr. Farkhanda Manzoor, Director ORIC/ CoD Zoology, along with Dr. Safoora Riaz, Assistant Professor Zoology Department is representing Lahore College for Women University at this conference. Zainab Irfan, a student of International Relations at LCWU, is also showcasing her startup named Elektrico at this conference. Her team is currently enrolled in the Cohort II of the incubation program at LCWU. Her team aims to recycle the old worn out electronic waste into useful electronic devices. As Pakistan itself is not an electronic producing country, this initiative will help out to provide electronics at a cheaper rate. Startups from all over the world are participating in this event. LCWU is the only women university exhibiting at this event.

British Council DICE grant for Social and creative Incubation Program

LCWU in collaboration with Cranfield School of Management UK, National University for Modern Languages (NUML), Centre for Global Innovators (CGI), and Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI) has won British Council DICE grant for Social and creative Incubation Program. The one year grant has been awarded for capacity building of women entrepreneurs and will support up to 20 start-ups at LCWU. The launching ceremony was held in NUML. Addressing the participants, Prof Dr. Farkhanda Manzoor highlighted the importance of Entrepreneurship in the wake of the escalating crisis of non-availability of jobs for youth in Pakistan. She hoped that this program will encourage, educate and empower young entrepreneurs. She further stated that this program will offer young women multiple opportunities to demonstrate their knowledge, skills and diverse talents in entrepreneurship. ORIC in collaboration with Centre of Global Innovators (CGI) initiated the 1st call for startups 2019 at LCWU; 101 teams applied for this programme. After scrutiny, 40 teams were shortlisted and called for parallel presentation/interview on 18th March 2019 at Biotechnology Seminar Room, Biotechnology Meeting Room and Architecture Computer Laboratory. As a result, 20 teams were selected to participate in the Cohort-I of this Programme. After several training sessions, Cohort –I has been successfully completed in September, 2019.
Cohort II has been successfully launched on 10th of October, 2019.  It includes different modules regarding entrepreneurship such as leadership, creativity and innovation, social impact and social media marketing. 20 teams will be incubated under this program. The startups selected participated in the demo day organized by PLAN9 and PLANX on 7th November 2019.
ORIC-LCWU in collaboration with Chugtai Laboratory organized awareness session on breast cancer on 6th November, 2019. Students from several departments of LCWU have participated in this session. They provided free mammography vouchers for faculty and students.
ORIC-LCWU organized a two days awareness session

ORIC-LCWU organized a two days awareness session on Beauty Health and Care in collaboration with ACME Institute of Beauty Therapy & Cosmetology, on 26th and 27th March, 2019 at LCWU. ACME team delivered amazing beauty technical sessions on hair show, facial demo, party makeup, dermatologist session and focused on health and hygiene. Students from LCWU enthusiastically participated in this session.


ORIC participates in Inspire - Pakistan Knowledge Forum 2018


ORIC, LCWU participated in Inspire-Pakistan Knowledge Forum 2018 organized by the Lahore Knowledge Park Company (LKPC) at the center of excellence in Molecular Biology, Lahore. The participants were led by Dr. Muhammad Zia-ul-Haq, Senior Manager Industrial Linkages and Dr. Aqsa Shabbir, Senior Manager Research and Development and comprised of Dr. Shagufta Naz, assistant professor, Zoology department and students from Electrical Engineering and Zoology Department.

The forum was intended for initiating and pursuing a meaningful dialogue about Pakistan’s transition towards a knowledge-based economy. Dr Attaur Rahman, UNESCO science laureate and former federal minister for science and technology served as the chief guest and enlightened the participants through his talk titled “Exciting World of Discovery”. Further, the participants benefitted from an insightful panel dialogue which was moderated by LKPC Chief Executive Officer Dr Zubair Iqbal Ghouri and included panelists such as Prof Dr Fazal Ahmed Khalid, UET Vice Chancellor, Khurram Zafar, National Incubation Centre executive director and Marium Mohiuddin from Social Innovation Lab.

The participants were enlightened about the importance of entrepreneurship and also learned that the need of the hour is applied research which commercializes and address the current societal needs. Dr. Aqsa Shabbir observed that despite the importance of applied research, fundamental research should not be ignored as it is essential for creating new knowledge.


Two Days Faculty Training on Social Entrepreneurship

Office of Research Innovation and Commercialization organized a two days training on Social Entrepreneurship for the faculty of LCWU on 26th -27th September, 2017. The training was conducted by Mr Ali Raza Khan, CEO of Youth Engagement Services (YES) Network Pakistan to launch the “Changemaker Institute Award” at LCWU.

The trainer Mr. Ali Raza Khan talked about the importance of entrepreneurship and how innovative ideas lead to successful business that generates wealth and in turn contributes towards building up the economy of the country.  Faculty members from 13 departments attended this training and they were motivated so that they can encourage students to initiate social change through their startups or innovative ideas and  boosting students to participate in the Change making Competition which will commence in the mid of October 2017 for four weeks.


Student from Biotechnology Department, Huma Ehsan got funding of 100,000 rupees for a startup, Orgopest, through Changemaker Institute Award by YES Network Pakistan. 

Winning of Technology Awards in 6th Invention to Innovation Summit

Office for Research Innovation and Commercialization (ORIC) for the first time managed two stalls in “6th Invention to Innovation Summit” held at Punjab University ( Quaid-e-Azam Campus) Lahore from 8th -9th March 2017.The event was hosted by Punjab University and Institute of Research Promotion (IRP) and University of Management and Technology. Students from departments of Biotechnology, Computer Science and Zoology presented their projects on stalls. The stalls were visited by Federal Minister of Planning and Development, Professor Ahsan Iqbal, Vice Chancellor Punjab University, Rector and Director General of UMT, Chairman LCCI and large number of students, faculty members and industry professionals. All visitors took keen interest in the products and appreciated the efforts of all these departments. There were three categories of awards. Biotechnology students won 7th Technology Award on svirus free products under the title of, “Production of Virus free plants through Micropropagation”. 

The project was supervised by Professor Dr. Shagufta Naz and Dr.Saiqa Ilyas, Dr.Neelama Munir of Biotechnology. PhD students, Ms. Madiha Gillani and Aysha Younus shared their knowledge to all visitors. Computer Science students of BSCS won Technology Award by getting 4th position for poster competition. The said award was given on project entitled, “Udtaa Punjab: A Robotic Simulation Environment for Crop Field” supervised by Dr. Maria Anjum and Co-supervised by Dr. Mariam Rehman and Dr. Atif Mehdi. Vice Chancellor, Professor Dr. Rukhsana Kausar has congratulated the award winning students, their supervisors and Heads of Departments for this achievement and appreciated the efforts of ORIC in showcasing the inventions of students. 

The Second Phase of Three Days Training On Social Entrepreneurship and Social Innovation

Office of Research Innovation and Commercialization organized a second phase of three days training on Social Entrepreneurship and Social Innovation from the 25th – 27th of April 2017. This training was conducted by Mr Ali Raza Khan, CEO of Youth Engagement Services (YES) Network Pakistan to launch the “Changemaker Institute Award” at LCWU.

The trainer Mr. Ali Raza Khan talked about the importance of entrepreneurship and how innovative ideas lead to successful business that generates wealth and in turn contributes towards building up the economy of the country.  He motivated the students towards entrepreneurship by quoting several success stories of different startups by YES.

17 teams were formulated and each team leader was then given cash (100rs/team member) and asked to design a project on a social change which was presented on third day. Students took part quite enthusiastically and executed their ideas.  On third day, each team gave a 5 -7 min presentation on their projects and were evaluated as well. All teams were successful in generating profits. At the end of the session, certificates were distributed among participants.

 Session on LUMS Center of Entrepreneurship 

The Office of Research, Innovation & Commercialization at Lahore College for Women University organized an informative session on enrollment into LUMS Center of Entrepreneurship (LCE) in collaboration with LCE on November 24th, 2016 at the Student Service Center LCWU. Mr. Khurram Zafar, Head LCE, discussed the basic concepts of entrepreneurship and he also discussed that how LCE can assist students with innovative ideas to establish their startups which can be incubated at LCE. 

Ms. Anum Naeem , Alumni LCWU and cofounder of, shared her experience at LCE and also discussed her venture in detail. Mr. Muhammad Asad , co founder of things for internet, also shared his experience at LCE.   The session ended with vote of thanks from ORIC. Then the LCE team had a meeting with worthy Vice-Chancellor regarding promotion of entrepreneurship among students of LCWU and Intellectual Policy. 

Session on Entrepreneurship and Business Start ups 

 The Office of Research, Innovation & Commercialization at Lahore College for Women University organized a session on Entrepreneurship and business startups in collaboration with the Punjab Information Technology Board (PITB) on October 20th, 2016 at the Student Service Center LCWU. Mr. Mian Faizan Mehmood from the Plan9 at PITB discussed the basic concepts of entrepreneurship and how the students of LCWU with innovative ideas can be facilitated for startups and how the business incubation facilities can be extended to LCWU. 

Miss Ayesha from the Plan 9 team discussed the project “HERSELF’ and how it aims to empower women and how LCWU students can become a part of that program. Mr. Talaal Burny from Careem introduced Erupt 2016 to the students. The students showed keen interest in the different ventures mentioned by the team and interacted well with the speakers. The team responded to the queries raised by the student body of LCWU.  LCWU hopes to build a successful relationship with Plan 9 and PITB to help bright and creative women entrepreneurs to accept challenges and prosper.

Two days International Workshop on Robotics and E-agriculture

Department of Computer Sciences, LCWU, partnered with Department of Computer Sciences, LUMS to organize a two day international workshop on Robotics and E-agriculture on 13th -14th October, 2016 at LUMS and PC Hotel, Lahore.   Prof. Dr. Shagufta Naz, Director Research/ ORIC, inaugurated this workshop. In her address, Prof. Dr. Shagufta Naz highlighted the history of LCWU and its mission and vision and the stupendous role that women have played in the global social structure as well as in Pakistan and how LCWU strives to provide quality education to women. She discussed the progress in various fields of research at LCWU along with the university’s journals, the patents filed at national and international levels, various projects won by faculty members and research articles published in peer reviewed articles. She discussed the success of various academic programs at LCWU and the significance of national and international collaborations. She concluded her address by highlighting the importance of research in agriculture with special reference to Pakistan and possible collaborations between the participating organizations and universities.
Many distinguished professors and speakers from University of Siegen, Germany, University of Kaiserslautern, Germany, Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS), Lahore College for Women University (LCWU), Pakistan Agriculture Research Council (PARC), NAMAL University, University of Agricultural, Faisalabad, talked about the recent advances in the field of Robotics and E- agriculture.  Dr. Ahmed Kamal Nasir from LUMS conducted a tutorial in a all-day parallel session where he demonstrated the use of robo-kits. Dr. Munir Ahmed, Chief Scientist, PARC talked about the present state of agriculture mechanization in Pakistan and reviewed the potential and constraints of Robotic agriculture in Pakistan. Prof. Dr. Hurbort Roth, University of Siegen, highlighted the importance of forests in ecosystem and he also discussed the use of low cost robotics system for aerial mapping of forests using Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) in order to estimate forest vegetation. Dr. Muhammad Abubakr, LUMS, highlighted the use of UAV to inspect siltation of water channels. Prof. Dr. Karsten Berns, University of Kaiserslautern, discussed the safe and reliable operation of commercial and agricultural vehicles. In the end, Ms. Faria Afzal, International Graduate Student Advisor, University of Siegen, Germany, discussed the research opportunities at the University and she also gave an overview of the admission process and scholarship possiblities at the university. The sessions were chaired by faculty members of LCWU. The university shields were distributed amongst all the speakers by Prof. Dr. Shagufta Naz & Dr. Maria Anjum, Assistant Professor, thanked all the participants.

 Session on Tech-Knowledge Hunt

Office of Research, Innovation & Commercialization organized a session in collaboration with Punjab Information Technology Board (PITB) on Tech-Knowledge Hunt on 7th September, 2016 at Biotechnology Seminar Room, LCWU. Ms.Mehak Najam (Fellow Plan9), Mr. Faizan Mehmood (Research Analyst) and Ms. Maria Naseer (Content & Design Strategist) were the guest speakers from PITB. Ms. Mehak Najam discussed the details of the Tech-knowledge Hunt program that has been initiated by PITB. She deliberated that this program offers 6 months training to students who want to establish their own business. She also described the services offered by PITB to these new startups. She encouraged students to apply for this program online and come up with ideas to establish a business startup. Members from PITB were interested in visiting the Institute of Education (IOE), LCWU. Dr. M. Zia-ul-Haq (Senior Manager-ORIC) gave them a tour of the department and he arranged a meeting with the faculty members of Institute of Education (IOE) .Dr. Nusrat Inayat (HoD –IOE), Dr Affifa Khanum (Incharge Research and Evaluation-IOE) and Dr Asma Qazi (Incharge of Professional studies-IOE) attended this meeting. PITB team elaborated various aspects of Plan9 especially Ilm-ideas funded by UK-Aid. Dr Affifa talked about various projects she is running now which may fit into Ilm-ideas of Plan9. The faculty members showed interest to arrange awareness seminar for students.

IPO Day Celebration

The Office of Research Innovation and Commercialization (ORIC) celebrated the World Intellectual Property Day on May 11th 2016. In this regard a panel discussion was organized, the panelists included Miss Shakira Khursheed (Assistant Director IPO – Lahore), Advocate Saad Nasrullah (Humayun Associates) and Prof. Dr. Shagufta Naz (Director Research, LCWU), the panel was moderated by Dr M Zia Ul Haq (ORIC). The theme of the panel discussion was IPR for Innovation and Creativity and the objective was to promote awareness of the role of intellectual property in encouraging innovation and creativity.
Ms Shakira Khursheed highlighted the various kinds of Intellectual property rights including patents, copyright, trademark and industrial design. She emphasized on the importance of patent filing especially before a public disclosure of any information relevant to that patent. She addressed questions from the audience as well highlighting the significance of patent filing prior to journal publications. She also mentioned the possibility of a “petty patent” as well as a provisional application of the patent to ensure that the academicians are able to file for patents and fulfil their publication requirements too. 

Mr Saad Nasrullah, has been the Legal Advisor of Pakistan Engineering Council. He is a member of the International Trademark Association, Pakistan Industrial and Intellectual Property Rights Association and Association of European Lawyers. He teaches Intellectual Property Laws at the Punjab Law College besides his practice. He highlighted the significance of the protection of IP. He also narrated one of his cases that World Intellectual Property Right Organization (WIPO) presents as a case study regarding the significance and benefits of IP Protection. 

Prof. Dr. Shagufta Naz represented the viewpoint of an academician. She emphasized on the significance of applied research as a step ahead of basic research and how her department has made progress in terms of applied research. She also encouraged the faculty and students present to move towards the applied side as a first step to move towards product based research that will enable the researchers to commercialize their research and in turn improve the university ranking. 
The Panel discussion was concluded with a vote of thanks and LCWU shields were presented by Prof. Dr Shagufta Naz to the panelists.

Seminar on Gravitational Wave Detection through LIGO

Office of Research, Innovation and Commercialization organized an informative seminar on gravitational wave detection through LIGO (Laser Interferometer gravitational-wave observatory) and LISA (Laser Interferometer Space Antenna) for the students and faculty of LCWU on 14th March, 2016 at Botany Seminar Room, LCWU. Dr. Syed Azer Reza, Assistant Professor, Department of Electrical Engineering, LUMS, was the guest speaker. He has worked with LIGO and LISA, his post-doctoral research has been with LISA that is related to gravitational wave detection in space, but he has been closely associated with LIGO labs at University of Florida. There he worked on the design and implementation of a test-bench to measure the differential phase noise performance of photo-detectors for the LISA space mission. His current research focuses on developing novel applications with agile and tunable optics.   He talked about the detection of gravitational waves in space and how it will impact the future research in this field. Students from various departments of LCWU enthusiastically participated in this seminar.  Dr. Fatima Tazeen Husain concluded the seminar with vote of thanks.


Office of Research Innovation & Commercialization in collaboration with Pakistan Scientific and Technological Information Centre (PASTIC) arranged a free stall at LCWU on 22nd February, 2016 to disseminate information regarding the services provided by PASTIC for students and faculty of LCWU. It includes free literature search from offline/online S&T database available and also includes information regarding conference papers, research papers and patents.

Meet N Greet Session between the CS faculty of LCWU Computer Science Department and the Syed Babar Ali School of Science and Engineering at LUMS


A meet and greet session was arranged on January 20th 2016 between the CS faculty of LCWU and Dr. Basit Shafiq from LUMS. Dr Basit Shafiq is an Assistant Professor in the Computer Science Department at the Syed Babar Ali School of Science and Engineering at LUMS. ). Prior to joining LUMS, he was a Research Assistant Professor at the Center for Information Management, Integration and Connectivity (CIMIC), Rutgers University, USA. Dr. Shafiq's interests include information systems security and privacy, access-control management in distributed systems, Web services composition and verification, ontologies, and distributed multimedia systems. His research work resulted in several publications in well-renowned journals, including, IEEE Transactions on Knowledge and Data Engineering, ACM Transactions on Information and System Security, IEEE Transactions on Multimedia, IEEE Transactions on Service Computing, IEEE Computer, IEEE Communications Magazine, and Journal on Information and Computer Systems. 

The session was initiated by a talk by Dr Basit Shafiq which was attended by all the faculty members and research students of the CS department. The talk was followed by an informal discussion with the CS faculty of LCWU.  During the discussion several PhD students and faculty members showed keen interest in the research areas of Dr Shafiq, possible collaborations were also discussed. As a follow up, the interested faculty of LCWU will meet Dr Basit Shafiq at LUMS to effectively build a linkage between the two universities.

Meeting with representatives of the University of Birstol UK


A meeting was held with the representatives of the University of Birstol UK on the 19th of January 2016. Mr Mr. Robin Halley, Interim Deputy Director Student Recruitment, and Mr  Saif ud Din Country Representative, represented the  University of Bristol while several faculty and staff members from LCWU were present at the meeting. The purpose of this meeting was to discuss the possible collaboration in the field of faculty development, R & D and future student recruitment.

Mr. Robin Halley talked about the departments and facilities available at the University of Bristol. He mentioned UoB is one of the top ranking universities of UK which offers PhD programs in various disciplines as well as research programs. He was enthusiastic in establishing a linkage with LCWU to facilitate the foreign exchange programs and collaborative research. He also suggested that students can visit UoB during their summer break. Mr Halley discussed the doctoral training centers at UoB and how the faculty and students can benefit from it. Block courses and summer courses were also discussed as areas where LCWU faculty and staff can benefit from UoB

Dr. Fatima (Senior Manager- ORIC) talked about financial hurdles faced by the researchers of LCWU while conducting collaborative research and establishing linkages to which Mr Halley responded that after his visit to Pakistan concludes he will discuss the financial aspect of possible linkages with the Vice Chancellor of University of Bristol.

Mr. Shahid Majeed (Director P&D) gave a brief introduction of LCWU and the relevance of the “strengthening of faculties of LCWU”. He talked about Memorandum of Understandings between LCWU and other different organizations. He also emphasized the importance of research and education system.

Dr. Sumera shared her own PhD experiences with Mr. Robin. She suggested that UoB should facilitate PhD students for comparative research studies. She was asked to first informally contact the UoB through Mr Halley and then submit a formal proposal.

Dr. Kausar Malik (Director-ORIC) added that PhD supervisor also plays a very crucial role in one’s research work and motivates the research student to produce results.

Ms. Asma Fakhar (Head- ACP) introduced the Active Citizen Program. She talked about the links between British Council, HEC and ACP. Moreover, she told about 200 projects along with outreach programs conducting under ACP. She also focused on the importance of social entrepreneurship.

Ms. Fiza (Assistant Manager-WILL) added that WILL-LCWU has foreign linkages and faculty exchange program on Graduate and MS level with George Washington University, USA.

At the end it was decided that all correspondence will be conducted through ORIC and Mr Saif ud Din and then at the next stage with Mr Halley and the respective departments at LCWU in order to take a step forward towards establishing a link between the two universities. The meeting concluded with vote of thanks.

Youth Engagement Services Network Pakistan - Expression of Interest For The Changemaker Institute Award


Lahore College for Women University had submitted an expression of interest for the Changemaker Institute Award, which is a project launched by Youth Engagement Services Network Pakistan in collaboration with the British Council and Pro Skills UK. In this regard a meeting was arranged to discuss the implementation of the Changemaker Institute Award at LCWU for the promotion of social entrepreneurship. The meeting was attended by all ORIC members, Dr Sadia Zulfiqar from the English Department and Dr Asma Shahid Kazi from the Institute of Education. During the meeting Mr. Ali Raza Khan, CEO Youth Engagement Services discussed this award in detail. Mr. Ali Raza Khan introduced the concept of social entrepreneurship and how social work or any form of service to the society can be converted into a sustainable project. He also emphasized on the problems faced by the students struggling to start such ventures. He also added that the mindset of the society including the educational setup needs to change in order to encourage students to pursue their own business. He also talked about his own experiences in the field of social entrepreneurship. During the meeting Dr Asma Kazi discussed that a course on entrepreneurship needs to be implemented. She also added that we need to focus on the economic part of the business along with the social benefit of the project in order to make the business sustainable.
Mr. Ali Raza discussed that in order to implement this award on campus it was imperative to take suggestions from all the HODs. For this purpose a campus scanning tool was shared with ORIC which has to be filled in by all the HODs. He also added that then a four day aggressive training will be designed especially for the students of LCWU after completion of this survey.