LAHORE - Invention to Innovation Summit 2013 on Tuesday began at Punjab University under the auspices of PU’s Office of Research Innovations and Commercialisation, Ministry of Science and Technology, Pakistan Science Foundation, Institute of Research Promotion (IRP), University of Management and Technology and other research institutions.

A UIP exhibition of indigenous technologies had also been organised at Undergraduate Study Center where local products have been put on display. Pakistan Science Foundation Chairman Dr Manzoor Hussain Somroo presided over the inaugural ceremony. PU VC Dr Mujahid Kamran, UMT Rector Hasan Sohaib Muraad, IRP CEO Abid Sherwani, Dean Faculty of Engineering and Technology Dr Taqi Zahid Butt, Director Centre of Excellence in Molecular Biology Prof Dr Tayyeb Hasnain, Director PU ORIC Prof Dr Amir Ejaz, Principal College of Engineering and Emerging Technologies Prof Dr Rafique Ahmed and delegates from various institutions participated in the session.  Addressing the ceremony, PU VC said that universities were centre of creation of new knowledge and youth could play important role for scientific advancement.

Dr Manzoor Hussain Soomro said that there was a dire need of promoting mutual co-operation among academia, research institutions, government institutions and industry in the field of research and science and technology. He said that our youth could do a lot but there was need to discover themselves. He said that a good understanding between senior professors and young researchers could help in achieving new heights in science and technology in the country. He said that new inventions and innovations would also strengthen our economy. Dr Hassan Sohaib Murad said that innovations impacted human culture, beautified life and things become easier. He said that innovations helped nations establish their identity.  He said that invention to innovation today was being led by the youth. He said that there was need to think that how could we utilise skills and creative minds of our young people. In his inaugural session, Prof Dr Amir Ejaz gave presentation on the subject. Later, souvenirs were distributed among the guests and the delegates visited the exhibition.

GCU proves best in research: The record 22 faculty members of Government College University Lahore including Vice Chancellor Dr Kahleequr Rahman on Tuesday were awarded the prestigious Research Productivity Award by the Pakistan Council for Science & Technology (PCST) in recognition of their outstanding research publications which were published in the international impact factor journals.

Dean Faculty of Science and Technology Prof Dr Islamullah Khan, Director Research Prof Dr Muhammad Zakria Butt, Physics Department Chairperson Prof Dr Hassan A Shah, Professor Salam Chair Prof Dr Ghulam Murtaza, Institute of Biotechnology Director Prof Dr Ikramul Haq, Centre for Advance Studies in Physics Director Prof Dr Riaz Ahmad, Prof Dr Salamat Ali, Dr Ahmad Adnan, Dr Shazia Bashir, Dr Durre Shahwar, Dr Azizur Rehman, Dr M Akhyar Farrukh, Naveed Afzal, Dr Sikandar Ali, Dr Asim Malik, Dr Muhammad Nouman Sarwar Qureshi, Dr Dilawar Ali, Dr Fazeel Mahmood Khan, Muhammad Ajaib, Muhammad Ejaz and Shahzad Sharif are among the faculty members who have won the award. The spokesman for GCU said that this was the first time in the last 10 years that 22 teachers of GCU had won the prestigious research award. Last year, as many as 13 faculty members had received the award. He said that VC Prof Rahman, despite having hectic load of administrative duties, was actively involved in research and teaching at the postgraduate level and PCST’s Research Productivity Award was evident of his outstanding research contributions to Physics.

Congratulating the university’s faculty members, the Vice Chancellor said GCU was providing maximum research facilities to its faculty members, so that they can increase their research output.