Peshawar—The Annual and Innovation Summit, 2016 started at UET Peshawar on Wednesday with delegates from all over the country including academicians and industrialists and government participated in the opening ceremony.
Addressing the occasion, Prof. Dr Iftikhar Hussain, Vice Chancellor UET Peshawar said, such events give a chance to bridge the gap between academic and industry. “There is no better place to talk about the innovation than UET Peshawar,” he said.
Prof. Dr Iftikhar Hussain also welcomed the suggestion by Mohsin Ali Syed, CEO Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Economic Zones Development and Management Company (KPEZDMC) to give hands-on training to the students from first semester instead of going to factories in their final year of graduation.
This trend will give them a full understanding of problems at the time of their graduation. Dr Iftikhar assured UET Peshawar’s support in this regard. “I urge industry and academia to work together with perseverance for at least five years to see the results coming to fruition,” adding, “we need small and medium-sized businesses, civil society, knowledge institutions and government to join us in this race to the top,”.
Mohsin Ali Syed, Chief Executive Officer, KPEZDMC said, future is created by engineers. He said, engineers and scientists, well-versed in technical and practical knowledge will be picked up by more than 500 factories that the Government of KP is planning to set up in next two to three years in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa adding, more than 17 industrial zones will be established in near future which will create more than 200,000 jobs in the province.
He therefore, urged to give students hands-on practice besides university education so that they offer real solutions to the industry. Abid H K Shirwani, CEO Institute of Research Promotion and DG University of Management and Technology, Lahore and Dr Mohsin Ali, Director IM Sciences, Hayatabad urged to keep the momentum and hold these activities on annual basis which provides a common platform for industries and innovators to showcase their technologies and products.
Earlier, Dean Faculty of Engineering UET Peshawar, Prof. Dr Noor Muhammad and Director ORIC UET Peshawar Dr. Saeed Gul also spoke. Registrar UET Peshawar, Dr. Khizar Azam, faculty members, students, members of the industries, and academicians were also present on the occasion.
The two-day event is organized in collaboration with different organizations and institutions.—APP