STAFF REPORT LHR: Strong links between academia and the industry need to be promoted to strengthen the national economy as our future is associated with the progress in six areas; micro electronics, computers, telecommunication, robotic technology, man-made material and biotechnology.

“The government wants to integrate higher education with the economy and would allocate a large amount for education in the next budget,” said Federal Minister for Planning, Development and Reforms Ahsan Iqbal while addressing the 3rd session of Invention to Innovation Summit organised by the Punjab University.

Punjab University VC Mujahid Kamran, PSF Chairman Khalil Ahmed, UMT Rector Hasan Sohaib Murad, IRP CEO Abid Sherwani and ORIC Director Amir Ejaz were also present at the occasion.

The minister said t efforts are being made to utilise capabilities of educationists and researchers in industries. He added that the government wants to increase the exports volume to $100 billion by 2025.

He said the government was setting up an innovation fund and wanted to provide maximum resources to universities.

He said there was a knowledge gap in the country which needed to be reduced.

Kamran said the government was making efforts for promotion of education in the country.

Abid Shewani said, “No nation can develop without cooperation between the government, the private sector, the academia and the industry.”

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