In 2014, 819 publications have been recorded in national/international journals by the faculty of CIIT! During the same year, a total of 459 research projects and 146 travel grant applications were submitted to different funding agencies out of which 75 projects and 63 travel grant applications have been approved. ORIC also undertook diversification of CIIT’s research portfolio by identifying and submitting research proposals to multi-faceted national and international funding agencies. A Guide to Research Grant Programs of National and International Funding Agencies was developed and distributed amongst CIIT faculty and researchers.
In order to attract young faculty into the research mainstream, a CIIT Research Grant Program (CRGP) is in place to award grants up to Rs. 200,000/- for research proposals of 1-2 years duration. In 2014, under this program, 59 research proposals were approved / released to the awardees. Currently, 72 research proposals are ready to be reviewed in the forthcoming CRGP meeting.
To encourage its faculty and promote quality research, CIIT-Research Productivity Awards are an annual feature. A total of 862Research Productivity Awards (RPA) were conferred upon CIIT scientists and researchers last year.
Around 360 PhD faculty members of CIIT have been approved as PhD Supervisors by HEC thus facilitating research initiatives of CIIT and its broader educational community.
As we move towards creating knowledge economy, developing an understanding of Intellectual Property Rights is of paramount importance in order to protect inventor’s rights and produce research that will fuel innovation and commercialization. CIIT has developed in-house capacity to provide IP support to its researchers and file patent applications locally and internationally. In 2014, CIIT filed5 (five) US patents based on applied research of its faculty and 1 (one) trademark application. CIIT also provided trainings on understanding IP Rights and Patenting to researchers from many universities.
Research Proposal Management System (RPMS) is an initiative of ORIC, to foster professionalism in ongoing data management system. RPMS is an electronic filing software to organize the data of the Research Projects, Travel Grant, Conferences, and Workshop in a systematic way. RPMS also provides electronic backup with the capability to assimilate data with advance system and to safeguard the vital information. It also increases the productivity and efficiency while decreasing paperwork making the process swift and cost effective.
At CIIT, earnest efforts are underway to bridge the academia-industry gap. One such initiative is the Pak-China Business Forum (PCBF) which has been established as an academia driven model of business cooperation. The Forum offers a unique opportunity for business-to-business match-making, attracting FDI from China, University-Industry collaboration, technology transfer and promotion of entrepreneurship amongst Pakistani talent. Prominent business houses from both countries, scholars/experts from different walks of life and general public participate in this Forum. The total attendance at the event last year was more than 80,000. In 2014, fourteen (14) MoUs were signed between different organizations.
ORIC-Professional Development (PD) is a flagship initiative of ORIC,CIIT to cater the need of professional learning and growth for individuals and organizations across Pakistan. ORIC-PD supports faculty members in their ongoing quest for excellence in teaching, research, outreach and leadership. The program aims at developing faculty skills and networking to open up areas of applied research in collaboration with industry and practitioners. ORIC-PD has trained professionals from universities and well reputed organizations all across Pakistan, such as PSO, OGDCL, Fauji Fertilizer, Qarshi Industries, PEL, NTS, LUMS, PAEC, POF Wah, AKU, UET Peshawar, Attock Refinery, AERO, PIEAS, NARC, QAU, Wilson Pharmaceutical, MoST, etc.
CIIT is encouraging start-up networks of young entrepreneurs to provide a positive impetuous to the economic growth of Pakistan. Incubation Centres are proving to be an important source of converting ideas into commercial products/services thus making significant economic and technological contributions to several nations across the globe. CIIT has initiated development of a series of business/technology incubators named CUBATORs. There are currently 17 (seventeen) companies being hosted at our incubation centres.
ORIC CIIT crossed another success milestone by receiving the 1st FPCCI Achievement Award (Gold Medal) in the year 2013. The Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce & Industry, the apex body of trade and industry of Pakistan, launched this award to honor the dedicated and enterprising organizations that that have made sustained and lasting contribution in socio-economic development of the country. Last year, CIIT also acquired QS Star rating of three out of five