KCCI to build constructive relationship between industry, academia

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KARACHI: Karachi Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KCCI) being the member of the Board of Governors of 20 universities is envisioned to build a constructive relationship between the industry and academia, said Haroon Agar President KCCI on Monday


The industry-academia linkages are equally beneficial to both sides as they result in higher productivity of professional passing out from universities and the research by universities would help in improving quality of industrial products/services and enhancement of level of technological sophistication.


During visit of Sir Syed University of Engineering and Technology (SSUET) Haroon Agar said SSUET is providing quality affordable education and producing engineers and entrepreneurs for various segments of the economy.


He appreciated chancellor and SSUET team for their priceless efforts to uplift the engineering and technology education in Karachi and Pakistan.


He was of the view to rise Pakistan among the most emerging economies of the world, it was the responsibility of the government to accord top priority to economy and education.


He hoped the government in waiting would genuinely address the problems confronting to economy and remove the impediments hampering the industrial and trading activities.


He assured KCCI’s best possible support and cooperation to SSUET and effective implementation of accord. Arrangements for internship of students can be chalked out with mutual consent. Sponsorships to deserving and needy can also be considered, he added.


KCCI has chalked out a plan for effective and constant interaction between industry-academia and KCCI and universities to promote entrepreneurship and encourage the passing out graduates to opt for self-employment rather seeking jobs and establish small and medium enterprises.


To implement this vibrant idea, it is planned to sign accord to institutionalise effective relationship.


The leadership, president/office bearers along with leading businessmen and industrialist may offer lectures on entrepreneurship development, jointly organise seminars/workshops/conferences to achieve the desired objectives. Deliberations are underway by KCCI with the Small and Medium Enterprise Development Authority (SMEDA), SME Bank and Micro-financing Institutions to offer soft loans to students who are interested in self-employment.


Under the KCCI’s Universities-Industries Linkage Programme aimed to tap the academia and KCCI requirements in a unified data to facilitate graduating students to be the master of their own.


Chancellor SSUET Adil Usman proposed to establish a KCCI Fund for under-privileged students who qualify to study at SSUET. With 489 faculty members, 15 PhDs, the first ISO certified university of Pakistan is ranked the highest W4 category by HEC. He underscored to bridge the gap between the industries and universities and sought KCCI’s input review university’s syllabi. He opined to create meaningful nexus of think tanks of academia and industry.


Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Jawaid Rizvi offered the industrialists to meet their industry-related requirements through the technical expertise of SSUET.

Courtesy:  Daily Times

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