STAFF REPORT FSD: The country is far lagging behind in academia-industry ties, eclipsing the full potential of development in every sphere of life, said speakers at a workshop titled “developing technology driven technologies”.

The event was arranged by the Office of Research, Innovation and Commercialisation, University of Agriculture Faisalabad in collaboration with Pakistan Scientific Technological Information Centre (Pastic) and IRP chaired by UAF VC Prof. Dr Iqrar Ahmad.

On the occasion, Faisalabad Chamber of Commerce and Industry (FCCI) and UAF inked an MoU to strengthen the academia-linkage relations for the benefit of the industry and the society.

“We are concerned over weak academia-industry linkages in the country and there is a dire need to fill this gap as it is negative impacting the research as well as economic growth,” said Dr Iqrar in his address.

He was of the view that the strengthened research-industry relations will help the country enhance the indigenous capabilities for solutions of industrial problems, export enhancement and import substitution.

FCCI President Sohail said that industry is looking at the academia to solve their problems. He said that all-out efforts were being made to strengthen the ties for the betterment of the society.

The smart brains will help the industry to solve their problems including textile, food, agriculture and dairy industry, resulting in progress of the country.

He was of the view that entrepreneurial skills among the students were essential to reduce the unemployment.

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