|ORIC: Office of Research, Innovation & Commercialization|
In pursuit of initiative taken by Higher Education Commission for strengthening research and the process of knowledge creation, CECOS University has established Office of Research, Innovation and Commercialization (ORIC) at our CECOS Industrial Liaison Center (CILC), Industrial Estate, Hayatabad, Peshawar. The ORIC sub-office is also functional at our main campus, Phase-6, Hayatabad, Peshawar. The main purpose of establishing ORIC is to provide strategic and operational support to the Universitys research activities / program for strengthening University-Industry relationships and promoting entrepreneurship, technology-transfer and commercialization activities that energize and support the local and national economy. In pursuit of the objectives of ORIC, CECOS University has taken a number of initiatives to promote University-Industry linkages and commercialization of research outcome through translating it into public benefit. The initiatives include:
(a) Establishment of Light Engineering CenterLight Engineering Center has been established at CILC in collaboration with TUSDEC, the Technology Upgradation and Skill Development Company under public-private partnership agreement. The project worth of Rs. 250 million is being funded by Asian Development Bank.
This Center is currently in development phase and will be a unique resource in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa to support the Light Engineering Center with a provision of precision manufacturing and to enhance productivity and global competitiveness of the allied industry. The Center will extend the modern product design, fabrication solution, training and technical consultancy specifically to the small and medium industrial units in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
(b) Establishment of Light Engineering CenterThis Center has been established with an aim to provide our graduates an opportunity to establish their startups for commercializing their innovative ideas into viable business. For this purpose, a number of activities are arranged for the benefit of our students including celebrating Global Entrepreneur week every year, talks on Entrepreneurship by resource persons having proven success stories, introduction of 3 credit hour course on Entrepreneurship in Engineering degree programs and many more.
(c) Establishment of Project Display CenterIn CECOS Industrial Liaison Center, special Halls have been dedicated for establishing Final Year Project (FYP) Display Center to house selective students projects that have more relevance to industry and carry potentials in developing prototype solution for the public benefit. The Display Center acts as a good resource to attract industry for extending such projects that can address their technical problems and improve productivity.
(d) Establishment of Design CellIn order to offer technical and consulting services to the industry, the CECOS Design Cell has been established in our Industrial Liaison Center which extends its expertise and know how to individuals and corporate sector in the field of Electrical Engineering, Civil Engineering as well as Architecture. The in-house highly qualified faculty as well as our panel of experts belonging to academia, industry and other organizations in the relevant fields are available to offer technical solutions to the industry as well as public/private sector organizations.
(e) CECOS Resource CenterThere are varieties of technical resources that exist at the University end which can be utilized for the benefit of community at large. There include fully calibrated Universal Testing Machine, Environmental Lab and Geotechnical Lab which extend reliable technical tests services to various organization in terms of material and soil testing, water contamination testing and many more. This kind of service gives opportunities for maximum utilization of our resources in the benefit of province as a whole.
(f) Holding of CECOS Open House on Regular basisCECOS University has been successfully holding Open House every year to provide opportunities to our graduates to showcase their final year projects before a large gathering of people from industry, academia and public/private organizations. A group of judges in the relevant field evaluate all the projects and select the three best projects from each discipline which are awarded cash prizes and certificates.
This year, Open House-2014 was successfully held with the patronage of ORIC at our Industrial Liaison (CILC), Industrial Estate, Hayatabad, Peshawar in which innovative projects of students were displayed. Some of the best projects include:
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