Office of Research, Innovation and Commercialization(ORIC)
The Office of Research, Innovation and Commercialization (ORIC) was established in September 2011 in pursuance of the policy of the Higher Education Commission (HEC) Islamabad to make research a top priority for a sustainable economic growth and future knowledge economy.
The purpose of ORIC is to serve as a pivotal point to encompass all the research activities, develop, expand, enhance and manage the university’s research programs and to link research activities directly to the educational, social and economic priorities of the university and its broader community, under a single umbrella. The ORIC is also responsible for assuring that the quality of research reflects the highest international standards and advances.
ORIC is working to promote the stature of the university among the world’s best research institutions.
ORIC is striving hard to strengthen the research culture in all disciplines of the university to bring it at par with other institutions of higher learning within the country and abroad. It maintains the highest standards of research of both students and faculty. The ORIC has positively set the pace to match up to the challenges in the field of research and commercialization.
ORIC provides end-to-end services for all the matters pertaining to research & development, innovation, commercialization, patent, collaborations, and for arranging seminars, symposiums, conferences and workshops, etc.
Key Functions of ORIC:
Setting the strategic research directions and policies in accordance with the university’s research and development vision Ensuring conducive research and development culture so that research remains an integral component of academic activities in the university
Encouraging and enhancing the university’s entrepreneurial environment by strengthening university-industry relationships as well as expanding partnerships with the public and private sector organizations, national and international donors and all other community based organizations.
The ORIC realizes the need to positively contribute in developing R&D and to play the role in transforming the economic focus of the country through strengthening of academia-academic and academia-industry ties. The ORIC is keenly involved in establishing linkages with academia, industry and the community to carry out various projects. Besides this, the ORIC has signed a number of MOUs with local and regional industries to provide them industrial solutions as well as innovative ideas.
Future plans of the ORIC are to further expand its activities to support both academics as well as industry to promote collaborative research so that maximum benefits could be transferred to the community in real time. The ORIC plans to continue its Social Outreach Programs to create awareness and mobilise community to come forward for various social issues related to our society. The ORIC has established Business Incubation Center at University of Gujrat in collaboration with the HEC to promote entrepreneurial activities for the socioeconomic development of the country. At present, as many as 15 companies are working as startups in the BIC at the University. Moreover, the ORIC is going to establish Technology Innovation and Support Centre (TISC) in collaboration with the HEC Pakistan, Intellectual Property Organization (IPO) Pakistan, and Ministry of Science and Technology, Pakistan, under World Intellectual Property Organization’s (WIPO) TISC Programme.
Dr Abdul Majid Sandhu
Manager Research Operations
MSc Computer Science
University of Peshawar
Ext: 121, 127
Shahzada Babar Sheikh
Manager University Linkages
MS International Management
University of Strathclyde Glasgow, UK
Deputy Manager R&D
MS Environmental Engineering
ICS, BISE Gujranwala