Our Staff Reporter: FAISALABAD - A three-member delegation of the British Council on Tuesday visited the University of Agriculture, Faisalabad to discuss the ways of commercialization of technologies initiated by the university faculty through Business Incubation Centre (BIC), UAF. The delegation headed by Jo Chaffer, Development Trainer Consultant stationed at Kathmandu included Ben Isaac, Higher Education Project Manager, Central and South Asia (Dhaka), and Sara Pervez, British Council Manager Pakistan. UAF Vice Chancellor Dr Iqrar Ahmed Khan briefed the delegation about the performance of the university. He said since the inception of Pakistan, the average agriculture production has increased manifold because of efforts made on the part of agriculture scientists. The wheat production has gone up seven percent, rice 13 percent, sugarcane eight percent and potato 116 percent, he added. Dr Iqrar said that in 1947, Pakistan had only nine flour mills, zero rice mill and two sugar mills but now, the country has 915 flour mills, 494 rice mills and 82 sugar mills. He said then the country had 14 ginning factories and now the figure has risen up to 12,000. The VC said the UAF is launching Champions of Tech Transfer and Outreach Programme in a bid to transfer the technology. The university is setting up an energy cell to ensure efficient use of the energy at the campus. He said to interact with the world, the university is developing groups on internet through social sites as well as web portal where the people will share their ideas and get benefit from each other experiences. On the occasion, Jo Chaffer stressed the need for developing a Students Enterprise Club at the campus to develop entrepreneurial skills among the students keeping in view modern global trends on which the VC assured of setting up the club at the university. She also Business Incubations Centre and interacted the people from various industries as well as university faculty and discussed matter relating to commercialization. Institute of Business Management Studies Director Prof Dr Khalid Mustafa said as many as 16 companies are working with the incubation centre. He said the Rose Project is a success story in which with the investment of 0.1 million, one can get profit of Rs1 million. Prof Dr Ashfaq Ahmed, Director External Linkages also briefed the delegation regarding the achievements of the university. The delegation also visited Post-Harvest Lab and other parts of the campus.