TTSF Capacity Building Workshops
Role of Universities in Finding Innovative Solutions & Products through Effective Technology Transfer Mechanisms
Capacity Building Workshops:
HEC under the banner of Technology Transfer Support Fund (TTSF) plans to host a series of virtual workshops for the academic community wishing to apply for the upcoming TTSF grants. TTSF is a funding instrument launched by HEC under the Higher Education Development in Pakistan (HEDP) project to support technology transfer of university intellectual property by forging partnerships between academia and industry. The TTSF will provide funds to selected institutions based upon a competitive, peer-reviewed evaluation of proposals. The anticipated portfolio of TTSF projects will support higher education institutions across Pakistan to undertake research and development activities focused on technology transfer. In pursuit of the above aims and objectives, HEC plans to organize a series of workshops and webinars
TTSF projects are expected to develop products or services that are marketable and can generate positive cash flow with a focus on the following broad thematic areas:
Agriculture and Water Management
- Seeds & Inputs Indigenization
- Bio-remediation, Waste Water Recycling etc.
- Farm mechanization, Precision Agriculture
- Aquaculture, Meat & Livestock
- Storage technologies, Batteries, Super Capacitors etc.
- Solar PV Manufacturing
- W2E, Micro-hydel, Wind Tech
- Smart & Off-grid Tech
Telecommunication & ICT
- 5G, IoT, Big Data, AI etc.
- Drones & Defense Technologies
- Health-Tech, Agri-Tech, Ed-Tech, Construction-Tech, Fin-Tech etc.
- Mobile Phone Components
- Herbal, Indigenous Compounds & APIs
We will facilitate collaboration between academia and industry to exploit current opportunities through the workshops. Industry leaders from the broad thematic areas above will be invited to share their needs and requirements related to R&D while academia will be invited to share their R&D capacity to support them.
HEC is planning a series of workshops with the first focusing on commercialization pathways for the academic and industry stakeholders while the rest of the five focusing on the broad thematic areas discussed above. The workshops will be held from 24th August till 14th September and structured as follows:
- We will follow a case study format, where industry representatives will come and present their area of focus with regards to R&D.
- Interested universities will then be facilitated to engage with the industry representatives in an interactive discussion leading to the formation of pairs/consortiums between universities and industry with a clear commercialization pathway for which they require the support of TTSF.
- A participatory approach will be taken to prioritize the emerging technologies and opportunities and also give an opportunity to participants to deliberate and provide feedback on how they can contribute towards the knowledge economy by putting Pakistan on a path of indigenization through effective technology transfer programs.
- These workshops aim to provide specific examples of how objective data can be used to develop strategies and industry collaboration models while allowing for brainstorming on practical steps and expectations through the sharing of examples and learnings from prior experiences.
Following is the tentative timeline for the said workshops:
Tentative Date & Time
Panel Discussion: Commercialization Pathways & Case Studies of Successful Industry-Academia Collaborations
24th August 2020 (5-7pm)
Engr. Imtiaz Rastgar (Founder & Chairman of Rastgar Pvt. Ltd, Board member of several organizations)
Dr. Zartash Afzal Uzmi (Associate Professor, School of Science and Engineering, LUMS)
Session 1 recording
Workshop A: Industry-Academia Collaboration for Achieving Growth through Agriculture & Water Management
1st September 2020 (5-7pm)
Dr. Azeem Khan (PARC Chairman), Dr. Farhan ul Haq (Chief Innovation Officer Thal Industries), Mr. Nasir Shah Bukhari (Chairman KASB), Dr. Tayyab Husnain (Chief Scientist Four Brothers Group) and Dr. Yusuf Riaz (CEO NBS Agro Farms)
Session 2 Recording
Workshop B: Optimizing Industry-Academia Collaboration to Achieve Energy Security
4th September 2020 (5-7pm)
Amjad Awan, ex-CEO, AEDB; Mujtaba Haider,CEO, Reon; Shahzad Khan, CEO, Creative Electronics; Irfan Ahmed, Director Zoxcell; Minhaj Khokhar, Entrepreneur Silicon Valley and other prominent roundtable panelists.
Session 3 Recording
Workshop C: Industry-Academia Collaboration for Achieving Growth by Providing Universal Access through Telecommunications and ICT
7th September 2020 (5-7pm)
Mr. Kamal Ahmad, CCAO Telenor; Mr. Usman Malik,GM R&D NRTC; Mr. Veqar Islam, CEO Jaffer Bro Systems; Mr. Zahid Ali, CEO Techmedo; Mr. Syed Ahmed, PASHA Chair and several prominent industry experts
Session 4 Recording
Workshop D: Industry-Academia Collaboration for Achieving Self-Sufficiency through Indigenous Local Manufacturing
10th September 2020 (5-7pm)
Abdul Razzaq , PAAPAM; Fahad Iqbal, Ravi Group; Brgdr Tariq Javed, PEC; Abdul Rahman, Alsons Group and Asad Ikram, NRTC
Workshop E: Industry-Academia Collaboration for Identification of Industrial and Medical Solutions through Discovery of New Materials
14th September 2020 (5-7pm)
Dr. Muhammad Akhyar, Head Chemistry, FCC; Mr. Rizwan Buttar, Chairman Zauq Group; Dr. Shahab Khokar, CEO Remington Pharma; Mr. Faraz Khalid,CEO Unifoam; and Saad Zahid, COO Rakaposhi Pharma
Women and applicants from disadvantaged areas are encouraged to participate.
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