Centre for Research and development

Centre for Research and development


Research and development is the backbone of university and institutions of higher learning where knowledge is not only transferred but consistently generated, ideas are evolved, hypotheses are developed and proved, their applications are demonstrated and prototypes are built for fabrication through the industry for the benefits of the community. This necessitates the need to establish the Directorate of Research and Development with the aim to facilitate and co-ordinate research activities in UoG departments, set up Consultancy service (CS) and Technology Incubation Center (TIC)/Technology Park, create linkage with other national as well as international academic institutions, R&D and industrial organizations. The Directorate's job scope encompasses the following areas:

Objectives:

  1. To ensure that high quality research of direct relevance to our country's needs, pertaining to both public and private sectors.

  2. To establish linkages between UoG Departments/institutes/centers and industry both in the public and private sectors and to facilitate contract research benefit to the UoG and public/private sectors.

  3. To assist in obtaining research grants from the public/private sector and foreign agencies.

  4. To generate R&D funds through sponsored projects and consultancy services for further upgradation of libraries, computing facilities, laboratories and research facilities at UoG.

  5. To co-ordinate placement of students at different stages of their education with relevant organizations for practical training and subsequent employment.

  6. To encourage and activate research activities in order to upgrade the overall quality of teaching and learning within UoG.

  7. To keep the UoG faculty abreast of the latest developments in their respective areas of specialization.

  8. To disseminate research findings through conferences/seminars and workshops etc.

Future Research and Training Plan

The Centre's agenda for research includes current key population issues. These include urbanization, migration, environment, public health and reproductive behaviour. These initiatives will provide an opportunity to students as well as teachers to sharpen their research skills and dredge up their knowledge of empirical studies with expertise in data analysis. Another major research project under consideration is Socio-demographic Mapping of Punjab. This survey will be designed with a vision to establish benchmark indicators on socioeconomic and demographic conditions of the people of Punjab at district and provincial levels. Survey findings will be helpful in identifying information about the pace of demographic transition vis-a-vis the developmental momentum in the stratified districts of Punjab. It will further help identify future requirements of labour force and highlight the dependency ratio in selected districts of Punjab.

The Centre, by conducting various surveys, will develop a substantive database which will be used by faculty, staff and students for further analysis, preparation of theses and dissertations, classroom instruction, and for planning of programs or development of policies. Although the database will serve the entire campus, it will be most useful for those in social sciences such as population sciences, economics, sociology, psychology, as well as medicine, public health, education and information science, and public policy. This Centre is also planning to start short courses in the fields of gender studies, reproductive health, criminology, and demography, quantitative and qualitative techniques of population data analysis. Training workshops will also be conducted in data analysis techniques, presentation of data, communication skills, teaching methodology and human resource management.

A research journal titled “Pakistan Journal of Social Issues” under the chief editorship of Prof. Dr Muhammad Nizamuddin has been launched. Its first issue is in the process of printing.