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Changemaker Institution Award

ORIC, LCWU in collaboration with Youth Engagement Service (YES), Pakistan and British Council, Lahore had launched “Changemaker Institution Award” in October 2016.

In the current academic year, firstly a 2-day training on Social Entrepreneurship was organized for the faculty members of LCWU. The training was attended by 60 faculty members from 15 different departments.

In the second phase, 45 student groups were given Rs. 5000 each for setting up a small-scale entrepreneurial venture.  Students ran their businesses for one-month and made considerable profits. More importantly, students of LCWU at large received an exposure to entrepreneurship, its importance and its potential.

On 8th February 2018, ORIC organized an award ceremony for the students and faculty members who had enthusiastically participated in the above activities. Vice Chancellor Prof. Dr. Uzma Quraishi was the chief guest for the ceremony and very graciously distributed certificates and medals amongst the top performing student teams and faculty members who had attended the Social Entrepreneurship Training.  

Prof. Dr. Shagufta Naz, Director ORIC, while addressing audience, appreciated the students, faculty members and the ORIC team for successful completion and execution of the project. She was followed by Mr. Ali Reza Khan, CEO YES, Pakistan, who wished the students luck for their future entrepreneurial ventures and awarded shields to the ORIC team members, Dr. Muhammad Zia, Dr. Aqsa Shabbir, Ms. Shabila and Ms. Tayyaba for their excellent work.

Dr. Aqsa Shabbir served as the Master of Ceremony and students Ms. Birra But, Ms. Nafeesa Batool, Ms. Rida Ajmal and Ms. Iqra Jamal shared their success stories.

LCWU scientists honored by Pakistan Council for Science and Technology

Pakistan Council for Science and Technology (Ministry of Science and Technology) has conferred Research Productivity Award (RPA) 2016 to 2 scientists of LCWU. RPA is one of very prestigious award for scientists by Ministry of Science and Technology, Government of Pakistan. The award is given to scientists in recognition of their efforts for research and patent activities of 1 year.


Out of 2639 applicant scientists from all over the Pakistan, only 257 scientists received award. Two scientists of LCWU are among those 257 successful recipients of said award. The scientists are:

1. Prof. Dr. Shagufta Naz, HOD Biotechnology Department / Director Research and ORIC

2. Dr. Muhammad Zia-Ul-Haq, Senior Manager-ORIC

The awardees will receive cash as well as a RPA-certificate signed by Chairman PCST and Secretary MOST.
It is pertinent to mention that the RPA certificate received from PCST is accepted by HEC for university ranking also. The worthy vice chancellor and faculty has congratulated them on this achievement.

Winning of Technology awards in “6th Invention to Innovation Summit’

Office for Research,Innovation and Commercialiaztion (ORIC) for the first time managed two stalls in “6th Invention to Innovation Summit” held at Punjab University ( Quaid-e-Azam Campus) Lahore from 8th -9th March 2017.The event was hosted by Punjab University and Institute of Research Promotion (IRP) and University of Management and Technology. Students from departments of Biotechnology, Computer Science and Zoology presented their projects on stalls.The stalls were visited by Federal Minister of Planning and Development, Professor Ahsan Iqbal, Vice Chancellor Punjab University,Rector and Director General of UMT, Chairman LCCI and large number of students, faculty members and industry professionals. All visitors took keen interest in the products and appreciaaed the efforts of all these departments. There were three catagoriess of awards. Bitechnology students won 7th Technology Award on svirus free products under the title of , “Production of Virus free plants through Micropropagation”.

The project was supervised by Professor Dr. Shagufta Naz and Dr.Saiqa Ilyas,Dr.Neelama Munir of Biotechnology. PhD students, Ms.Madiha Gillani and Aysha Younus shared their knowledge to all visitors. Computer Science students of BSCS won Technology Award by getting 4th position for poster competition. The said award was given on project entitled, “Udtaa Punjab: A Robotic Simulation Environment for Crop Field” supervised by Dr. Maria Anjum and Co-supervised by Dr. Mariam Rehman and Dr. Atif Mehdi. Vice Chancellor, Professor Dr. Rukhsana Kausar has congratulated the award winning students, their supervisors and Heads of Departments for this ac hievemnet and appreciated the efforts of ORIC in showcasing the inventions of students

Session on LUMS Center of Entrepreneurship

The Office of Research, Innovation & Commercialization at Lahore College for Women University organized an informative session on enrollment into LUMS Center of Entrepreneurship (LCE) in collaboration with LCE on November 24th, 2016 at the Student Service Center LCWU. Mr. Khurram Zafar, Head LCE, discussed the basic concepts of entrepreneurship and he also discussed that how LCE can assist students with innovative ideas to establish their startups which can be incubated at LCE.

Ms. Anum Naeem , Alumni LCWU and cofounder of bookcity.pk, shared her experience at LCE and also discussed her venture in detail. Mr. Muhammad Asad , cofounder of things for internet, also shared his experience at LCE.   The session ended with vote of thanks from ORIC. Then the LCE team had a meeting with worthy Vice-Chancellor regarding promotion of entrepreneurship among students of LCWU and Intellectual Policy. 

Session on Entrepreneurship and Business Startups

The Office of Research, Innovation & Commercialization at Lahore College for Women University organized a session on Entrepreneurship and business startups in collaboration with the Punjab Information Technology Board (PITB) on October 20th, 2016 at the Student Service Center LCWU.

Mr. Mian Faizan Mehmood from the Plan9 at PITB discussed the basic concepts of entrepreneurship and how the students of LCWU with innovative ideas can be facilitated for startups and how the business incubation facilities can be extended to LCWU.
Miss Ayesha from the Plan 9 team discussed the project “HERSELF’ and how it aims to empower women and how LCWU students can become a part of that program.

Mr. Talaal Burny from Careem introduced Erupt 2016 to the students. The students showed keen interest in the different ventures mentioned by the team and interacted well with the speakers. The team responded to the queries raised by the student body of LCWU.  LCWU hopes to build a successful relationship with Plan 9 and PITB to help bright and creative women entrepreneurs to accept challenges and prosper .

Two Days International Workshop on Robotics and E-Agriculture

Department of Computer Sciences, LCWU, partnered with Department of Computer Sciences, LUMS to organize a two day international workshop on Robotics and E-agriculture on 13th -14th October, 2016 at LUMS and PC Hotel, Lahore.   Prof. Dr. Shagufta Naz, Director Research/ ORIC, inaugurated this workshop. In her address, Prof. Dr. Shagufta Naz highlighted the history of LCWU and its mission and vision and the stupendous role that women have played in the global social structure as well as in Pakistan and how LCWU strives to provide quality education to women. She discussed the progress in various fields of research at LCWU along with the university’s journals, the patents filed at national and international levels, various projects won by faculty members and research articles published in peer reviewed articles. She discussed the success of various academic programs at LCWU and the significance of national and international collaborations. She concluded her address by highlighting the importance of research in agriculture with special reference to Pakistan and possible collaborations between the participating organizations and universities.

Many distinguished professors and speakers from University of Siegen, Germany, University of Kaiserslautern, Germany, Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS), Lahore College for Women University (LCWU), Pakistan Agriculture Research Council (PARC), NAMAL University, University of Agricultural, Faisalabad, talked about the recent advances in the field of Robotics and E- agriculture.  Dr. Ahmed Kamal Nasir from LUMS conducted a tutorial in a all-day parallel session where he demonstrated the use of robo-kits. Dr. Munir Ahmed, Chief Scientist, PARC talked about the present state of agriculture mechanization in Pakistan and reviewed the potential and constraints of Robotic agriculture in Pakistan. Prof. Dr. Hurbort Roth, University of Siegen, highlighted the importance of forests in ecosystem and he also discussed the use of low cost robotics system for aerial mapping of forests using Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) in order to estimate forest vegetation. Dr. Muhammad Abubakr, LUMS, highlighted the use of UAV to inspect siltation of water channels. Prof. Dr. Karsten Berns, University of Kaiserslautern, discussed the safe and reliable operation of commercial and agricultural vehicles. In the end, Ms. Faria Afzal, International Graduate Student Advisor, University of Siegen, Germany, discussed the research opportunities at the University and she also gave an overview of the admission process and scholarship possiblities at the university. The sessions were chaired by faculty members of LCWU. The university shields were distributed amongst all the speakers by Prof. Dr. Shagufta Naz & Dr. Maria Anjum, Assistant Professor, thanked all the participants.

Session on Tech-Knowledge Hunt

Office of Research, Innovation & Commercialization organized a session in collaboration with Punjab Information Technology Board (PITB) on Tech-Knowledge Hunt on 7th September, 2016 at Biotechnology Seminar Room, LCWU. Ms.Mehak Najam (Fellow Plan9), Mr. Faizan Mehmood (Research Analyst) and Ms. Maria Naseer (Content & Design Strategist) were the guest speakers from PITB. Ms. Mehak Najam discussed the details of the Tech-knowledge Hunt program that has been initiated by PITB. She deliberated that this program offers 6 months training to students who want to establish their own business. She also described the services offered by PITB to these new startups. She encouraged students to apply for this program online and come up with ideas to establish a business startup. Members from PITB were interested in visiting the Institute of Education (IOE), LCWU. Dr. M. Zia-ul-Haq (Senior Manager-ORIC) gave them a tour of the department and he arranged a meeting with the faculty members of Institute of Education (IOE) .Dr. Nusrat Inayat (HoD –IOE), Dr Affifa Khanum (Incharge Research and Evaluation-IOE) and Dr Asma Qazi (Incharge of Professional studies-IOE) attended this meeting. PITB team elaborated various aspects of Plan9 especially Ilm-ideas funded by UK-Aid. Dr Affifa talked about various projects she is running now which may fit into Ilm-ideas of Plan9.The faculty members showed interest to arrange awareness seminar for students.

IPO DAY Celebration

The Office of Research Innovation and Commercialization (ORIC) celebrated the World Intellectual Property Day on May 11th 2016. In this regard a panel discussion was organized, the panelists included Miss Shakira Khursheed (Assistant Director IPO – Lahore), Advocate Saad Nasrullah (Humayun Associates) and Prof. Dr. Shagufta Naz (Director Research, LCWU), the panel was moderated by Dr M Zia Ul Haq (ORIC). The theme of the panel discussion was IPR for Innovation and Creativity and the objective was to promote awareness of the role of intellectual property in encouraging innovation and creativity.

Ms Shakira Khursheed highlighted the various kinds of Intellectual property rights including patents, copyright, trademark and industrial design. She emphasized on the importance of patent filing especially before a public disclosure of any information relevant to that patent. She addressed questions from the audience as well highlighting the significance of patent filing prior to journal publications. She also mentioned the possibility of a “petty patent” as well as a provisional application of the patent to ensure that the academicians are able to file for patents and fulfil their publication requirements too.

Mr Saad Nasrullah, has been the Legal Advisor of Pakistan Engineering Council. He is a member of the International Trademark Association, Pakistan Industrial and Intellectual Property Rights Association and Association of European Lawyers. He teaches Intellectual Property Laws at the Punjab Law College besides his practice. He highlighted the significance of the protection of IP. He also narrated one of his cases that World Intellectual Property Right Organization (WIPO) presents as a case study regarding the significance and benefits of IP Protection.

Prof. Dr. Shagufta Naz represented the viewpoint of an academician. She emphasized on the significance of applied research as a step ahead of basic research and how her department has made progress in terms of applied research. She also encouraged the faculty and students present to move towards the applied side as a first step to move towards product based research that will enable the researchers to commercialize their research and in turn improve the university ranking.

The Panel discussion was concluded with a vote of thanks and LCWU shields were presented by Prof. Dr Shagufta Naz to the panelists.

ORIC organized an informative seminar on gravitational wave detection through LIGO

Office of Research, Innovation and Commercialization organized an informative seminar on gravitational wave detection through LIGO (Laser Interferometer gravitational-wave observatory) and LISA (Laser Interferometer Space Antenna) for the students and faculty of LCWU on 14th March, 2016 at Botany Seminar Room, LCWU. Dr. Syed Azer Reza, Assistant Professor, Department of Electrical Engineering, LUMS, was the guest speaker. He has worked with LIGO and LISA, his post-doctoral research has been with LISA that is related to gravitational wave detection in space, but he has been closely associated with LIGO labs at University of Florida. There he worked on the design and implementation of a test-bench to measure the differential phase noise performance of photo-detectors for the LISA space mission. His current research focuses on developing novel applications with agile and tunable optics.   He talked about the detection of gravitational waves in space and how it will impact the future research in this field. Students from various departments of LCWU enthusiastically participated in this seminar.  Dr. Fatima Tazeen Husain concluded the seminar with vote of thanks.

Free Stall at LCWU

Office of Research Innovation & Commercialization in collaboration with Pakistan Scientific and Technological Information Centre (PASTIC) arranged a free stall at LCWU on 22nd February, 2016 to disseminate information regarding the services provided by PASTIC for students and faculty of LCWU. It includes free literature search from offline/online S&T database available and also includes information regarding conference papers, research papers and patents.

A Session between the CS faculty of LCWU and Dr. Basit Shafiq from LUMS

A meet and greet session was arranged on January 20th 2016 between the CS faculty of LCWU and Dr. Basit Shafiq from LUMS. Dr Basit Shafiq is an Assistant Professor in the Computer Science Department at the Syed Babar Ali School of Science and Engineering at LUMS. ). Prior to joining LUMS, he was a Research Assistant Professor at the Center for Information Management, Integration and Connectivity (CIMIC), Rutgers University, USA. Dr. Shafiq's interests include information systems security and privacy, access-control management in distributed systems, Web services composition and verification, ontologies, and distributed multimedia systems. His research work resulted in several publications in well-renowned journals, including, IEEE Transactions on Knowledge and Data Engineering, ACM Transactions on Information and System Security, IEEE Transactions on Multimedia, IEEE Transactions on Service Computing, IEEE Computer, IEEE Communications Magazine, and Journal on Information and Computer Systems.

The session was initiated by a talk by Dr Basit Shafiq which was attended by all the faculty members and research students of the CS department. The talk was followed by an informal discussion with the CS faculty of LCWU.  During the discussion several PhD students and faculty members showed keen interest in the research areas of Dr Shafiq, possible collaborations were also discussed. As a follow up, the interested faculty of LCWU will meet Dr Basit Shafiq at LUMS to effectively build a linkage between the two universities.

Meeting with the representatives of the University of Birstol UK

A meeting was held with the representatives of the University of Birstol UK on the 19th of January 2016. Mr Mr. Robin Halley, Interim Deputy Director Student Recruitment, and Mr  Saif ud Din Country Representative, represented the  University of Bristol while several faculty and staff members from LCWU were present at the meeting. The purpose of this meeting was to discuss the possible collaboration in the field of faculty development, R & D and future student recruitment.

Mr. Robin Halley talked about the departments and facilities available at the University of Bristol. He mentioned UoB is one of the top ranking universities of UK which offers PhD programs in various disciplines as well as research programs. He was enthusiastic in establishing a linkage with LCWU to facilitate the foreign exchange programs and collaborative research. He also suggested that students can visit UoB during their summer break. Mr Halley discussed the doctoral training centers at UoB and how the faculty and students can benefit from it. Block courses and summer courses were also discussed as areas where LCWU faculty and staff can benefit from UoB

Dr. Fatima (Senior Manager- ORIC) talked about financial hurdles faced by the researchers of LCWU while conducting collaborative research and establishing linkages to which Mr Halley responded that after his visit to Pakistan concludes he will discuss the financial aspect of possible linkages with the Vice Chancellor of University of Bristol.

Mr. Shahid Majeed (Director P&D) gave a brief introduction of LCWU and the relevance of the “strengthening of faculties of LCWU”. He talked about Memorandum of Understandings between LCWU and other different organizations. He also emphasized the importance of research and education system.

Dr. Sumera shared her own PhD experiences with Mr. Robin. She suggested that UoB should facilitate PhD students for comparative research studies. She was asked to first informally contact the UoB through Mr Halley and then submit a formal proposal.

Dr. Kausar Malik (Director-ORIC) added that PhD supervisor also plays a very crucial role in one’s research work and motivates the research student to produce results.

Ms. Asma Fakhar (Head- ACP) introduced the Active Citizen Program. She talked about the links between British Council, HEC and ACP. Moreover, she told about 200 projects along with outreach programs conducting under ACP. She also focused on the importance of social entrepreneurship.

Ms. Fiza (Assistant Manager-WILL) added that WILL-LCWU has foreign linkages and faculty exchange program on Graduate and MS level with George Washington University, USA.

At the end it was decided that all correspondence will be conducted through ORIC and Mr Saif ud Din and then at the next stage with Mr Halley and the respective departments at LCWU in order to take a step forward towards establishing a link between the two universities. The meeting concluded with vote of thanks.

Youth Engagement Services Network Pakistan

Lahore College for Women University had submitted an expression of interest for the Changemaker Institute Award, which is a project launched by Youth Engagement Services Network Pakistan in collaboration with the British Council and Pro Skills UK. In this regard a meeting was arranged to discuss the implementation of the Changemaker Institute Award at LCWU for the promotion of social entrepreneurship. The meeting was attended by all ORIC members, Dr Sadia Zulfiqar from the English Department and Dr Asma Shahid Kazi from the Institute of Education. During the meeting Mr. Ali Raza Khan, CEO Youth Engagement Services discussed this award in detail. Mr. Ali Raza Khan introduced the concept of social entrepreneurship and how social work or any form of service to the society can be converted into a sustainable project. He also emphasized on the problems faced by the students struggling to start such ventures. He also added that the mindset of the society including the educational setup needs to change in order to encourage students to pursue their own business. He also talked about his own experiences in the field of social entrepreneurship. During the meeting Dr Asma Kazi discussed that a course on entrepreneurship needs to be implemented. She also added that we need to focus on the economic part of the business along with the social benefit of the project in order to make the business sustainable.

Mr. Ali Raza discussed that in order to implement this award on campus it was imperative to take suggestions from all the HODs. For this purpose a campus scanning tool was shared with ORIC which has to be filled in by all the HODs. He also added that then a four day aggressive training will be designed especially for the students of LCWU after completion of this survey.

Pakathon 2015

After the Vice Chancellors approval our first step was to meet with the heads of the departments of Management Sciences and Mass Communications. Several aspects of a well-rounded team and their mentoring were discussed. The ORIC team then met with the students that were interested in participating and held sessions with them in the botany seminar room. After discussing their ideas the teams were made and students from both departments were paired together. Ms Mobina from the management sciences held a two hour session along with ORIC and guided and mentored them at the end of which we had two elaborate ideas. Since we had only two properly thought out ideas we decided to use them both since 3 submissions were to be made from each university. Both ideas which were finalized were as follows:

  • Hydroponics on roof top
  • GPS system to monitor the arrival timings of the public transport buses in Lahore

The students were guided through various details such as the material of the video and the filming of it was also monitored. ORIC was in constant communication with HEC and Pakathon Global officials. A rough draft of the videos was submitted on the 30th and they could be edited till the 4th of November so the final versions were uploaded then. The videos were power point presentations with voice overs.
Final round of Pakathon was held on 8th November, 2015 from 9pm-2am PST. The team working on the Hydroponics project got a call and made it to the finals in Toronto, Canada. Five teams from Pakistan (LCWU, NUST, IBA, and University of Malakand) were selected and a total of twelve teams participated in the competition. The team from LCWU participated through Skype. The video prepared by the team was shown at the event which then followed by the question and answer session by the panel of judges. The students answered the questions confidently. The teams who won had presented ideas related to social causes.

Total Quality Management (TQM) Implementation in Education

Office of Research, Innovation and Commercialization organized a seminar on “Total Quality Management (TQM) Implementation in Education”, for the students of faculty of Management & Administrative Sciences on 18th November, 2015 at Botany Seminar Room, LCWU. Mr. Attiq ur Rehman, Assistant Professor, MBA (marketing) – Gold Medalist, M.Phil (TQM) UVAS, Lahore was the guest speaker. He highlighted the importance of TQM, ISO 9001 Lead Auditor Quality Management System (QMS) and Six Sigma Black Belt (SSBB). He also focused on the outcome based learning processes in Higher Education institutions of Pakistan. Students from BBA, B.com and BPA departments of LCWU enthusiastically participated in this seminar.   Prof. Dr. Kausar Malik (Director, ORIC-LCWU) concluded the seminar with vote of thanks.

Frequency of Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus in Patients with Chronic Hepatitis C Virus Infection

Office of Research, Innovation & Commercialization facilitated an informative session on Frequency of Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus in Patients with Chronic Hepatitis C Virus Infection on 21st October, 2015 at Botany Seminar Room, LCWU. Dr. Shazia Rafique, Assistant Professor, was the guest speaker from Centre for Applied Molecular Biology (CAMB). She discussed the entry pathway of HCV in liver and she also emphasized on the fact that this is RNA virus. She also deliberated that type 2 diabetes mellitus shortens the lifespan of the HCV positive patient.Dean of Natural Sciences also attended this session along with faculty member from the Botany and Environmental Sciences Department. Approximately 120 students from departments of Botany, Environmental Sciences and Biotechnology attended this event.

Meeting with the Catalonia Delegation

The Office of Research, Innovation & Commercialization, LCWU organized a meeting of LCWU’s senior faculty with the delegation from the Catalonia Trade and Investment, Government of Catalonia, Spain to discuss the future collaborations between both parties, on 6th October, 2015, at Syndicate Hall, LCWU. Mr. Suprio Bose, Managing Director, Trade and Investment Office Mumbai and Dr. Juame Mir CEO Biochemize were representing the Spanish industry.  Faculty members represented their departments at the meeting. It was emphasized that both parties can work together in various domains such as knowledge transfer, student/faculty exchange and research and development in various disciplines. Dr. Juame Mir gave a brief introduction regarding the research work of his company. The Faculty of Science was highly motivated by this presentation thus they discussed their current and future research projects.

Importance of Forensic Sciences

Office of Research, Innovation & Commercialization organized a seminar on Importance of Forensic Sciences on 17th June, 2015, at Pharmacy Seminar Room, LCWU. Dr. Muhammad Sarwar (CEO-Pakistan Forensic Science Agency) was the guest speaker on this occasion. The aim of this activity was to create awareness regarding the applications of forensic science. He talked about the establishment of the Punjab Forensic Science Agency and the services provided by them. Various case studies were discussed by the guest speaker More than 100 students attended this event from the faculty of Natural Sciences.

LUMS Center of Entrepreneurship (LCE)

Office of Research, Innovation & Commercialization facilitated an informative session on LUMS Center of Entrepreneurship (LCE) on 2nd June, 2015 at Botany Seminar Room, LCWU. LUMS Centre for Entrepreneurship is an independent center established to support entrepreneurship. It is one of the most comprehensive experiential platforms for budding entrepreneurs. LCE aimed to scout future entrepreneurs from LCWU.Ms. Asma Asif (Marketing Manager) was the guest speaker from LCE. She discussed how LCE mentored new entrepreneurs in establishing successful startups. Approximately 120 students from different departments attended this event.

Intellectual Property Rights for Innovation and Creativity

Office of Research, Innovation & Commercialization organized a session on Intellectual Property Rights for Innovation and Creativity on 5th May, 2015, at IT Conference room, LCWU. Barrister Ahmad Farooq Malik (Partner, JUS & REM Attorneys & Corporate Counselors), Advocate Saad Nasrullah (Humayun’s Legal and Intellectual Property Consultant), Almas Hyder (Chairman-SPEL), and Ayesha Hamid (CEO-Asia School) were the guest speakers on this occasion. The aim of this activity was to create awareness regarding the promotion and protection of IPR, innovation and economic development, commercialization of intellectual property. The faculty was encouraged to file patents/ copyright which is the first step towards commercialization. More than 100 students attended this event along with 20 faculty members from various departments.

Entrepreneurship Models in Health Care

Office of Research, Innovation and Commercialization (ORIC) organized a seminar on “Entrepreneurship Models in Health Care” for faculty and students of Pharmacy Department on 25th March 2015 at the Seminar Hall, Institute of Pharmacy. Dr. Faisal Khokhar, CEO, Remington Pharmaceutical Industries Pvt. Ltd.) was the resource person for the seminar . He discussed that innovative ideas lead to successful business that generates wealth and in turn contributes to the economy of the country.
He gave examples of the various startup companies in healthcare system and he also highlighted the hurdles faced by new startups.  Dr. Ismat Naeem, Director ORIC, concluded the seminar with vote of thanks. More than 200 students from the Institute of Pharmacy, LCWU attended this seminar.

Seminar on Bridging gap between Academia and Industry

Office of Research, Innovation and Commercialization organized a seminar on Bridging gap between academia and industry: producing viable commercial research for faculty and students of Natural Sciences on 12th March 2015 at Botany lecture theatre. Mr. Rahmat ul Allah, Coordinator, Institute of Research Promotion and Mr. Nadir Shah, Director, Institute of Research Promotion were the resource persons. They focused on how to produce research needed by industry and discussed how to establish effective linkages with industry for faculty and student transfer besides the training of faculty. Faculty and students enthusiastically participated in it. Dr. Arifa Tahir (HOD Environmental Sciences) concluded the seminar with vote of thanks.

Seminar on Intellectual Property Rights-Copy Right

Office of Research, Innovation and Commercialization organized a seminar on Intellectual Property Rights-Copy Right and Design for faculty and students of Institute of Education, Institute of Visual Arts and Design and Department of Psychology on 11th March at Botany Lecture Theatre. Dr. Zia-ul Haq, Senior Manager ORIC, and Mr. Saad Nasrullah, Advocate- Humayun Intellectual Property Consultant, were the resource persons for this seminar. 
Dr. Zia ul Haq emphasized on the importance of intellectual property right and the protection of inventions as patents. Whereas Advocate Saad Nasrullah talked about the significance of protection of creative work as copy right and design of paintings, sculptures, music, films and textile design. Faculty members and students actively participated in this seminar through their queries.

Workshop on Entrepreneurship

The Office of Research Innovation and Commercialization has organized Two Day Workshop on Entrepreunship in collaboration with the Department of Management Sciences LCWU and TIE and PIE on 11th and 12th December 2014. The event started with the welcome address by Dr Ismat Naeem, Director ORIC. Ms Tallat Shahid Head of Management Sciences gave brief introduction about her department and she discussed the significance of Entrepreneurship. On the first day, the chief guest was Prof. Dr. Mahmood A. Bodla, Director CIIT, Lahore. He talked about the importance of Entrepreneurship and the significance of establishing ORICs for the commercialization of research.

The main speaker of day one was Mr Tahir Chaudhry, President and CEO of Pakistan Institute of Entrepreneurship (PIE). He is also the President and CEO of Falcon Consulting Group, Islamabad. In his first session he emphasized on commercialization of research and Startup companies. He motivated students in starting up small businesses and gave several personal examples and various ideas. In his second session he discussed the Development of leadership in students. Day one was concluded with a vote of thanks by director ORIC, after which Mr Tahir Chaudhry visited the Fine Arts department where he showed great appreciation for the art work at display and discussed ways to market the art work appropriately.

The Chief Guest for the second day was Ms Anjum Ahmed, CEO of Learning Alliance and a successful LCWU alumnus. Ms Ajnum Ahmed discussed her personal experiences at LCWU as well as in her professional life and their impact on her professional and personal growth. She stressed on finding a purpose in life and discovering personal qualities and utilizing them to achieve something significant in life. Mr Humayun Mazhar, founder, Chairman and CEO of Cressoft, also serving on the Board of Directors of various Crescent Group (CG) companies and a Trustee of the Crescent Educational Trust and a Charter Member and Vice President of TiE Lahore Chapter was a guest speaker. He gave a comprehensive presentation on Women Entrepreneurship. He discussed the significance of women entrepreneurs in the growth of the nation’s economy and discussed several successful entrepreneurs. He interacted with the students and motivated them to overcome the social hurdles to achieve something as successful women of Pakistan. The other Guest speaker was Mr Saeed Iqbal, Chairman Invest Capital. He has pursued extensive post graduate studies internationally, combined with a series of professional courses and management seminars in several countries, including senior management programs at the Harvard University, Boston (U.S.A.), Graduate School of Business Studies, London (U.K.), Long Term Credit Bank (Japan), Korea Development Bank (Seoul). He is actively engaged in providing investment advisory services to institutional clients in Pakistan and overseas. His presentation was titled: ‘Entrepreneurship in Action’. He discussed his professional experiences and the risks he took as a budding entrepreneur and how the risks positively paid off. The Second day was concluded with certificate distribution and a vote of thanks by Dr. Ismat Naeem.

Around 100 students and faculty members attended the workshop. According to the evaluation conducted more than 80% of the participants rated the workshop to be excellent. The students also suggested to conduct such workshops in the future as well that focus on motivating the students, women empowerment as well as grooming of LCWU students and the development of intrapersonal skills and a business plan competition to be held at LCWU

Seminar on Biomedical Materials and Tissue Engineering: Translational Research and Commercialization

ORIC organized a seminar on “Biomedical Materials and Tissue Engineering: Translational Research and Commercialization” by Dr. Akif Chaudry, Head of Interdisplinary Research Centre in Biomedical Materials (IRCBM) at COMSATS Institute of Information Technology (CIIT) on 15th October 2014 at IT Conference Room LCWU. This seminar was especially arranged for the Faculty of Natural Sciences. He explained the applications of material sciences and tissue engineering in detail. He also talked about transitional research and its implication. He discussed Hard Tissue Repair and his research about preparation and characterization of Bone Fillers. More than 200 students benefited from this seminar.

Systematic Web Literature Review: How to read an article?

ORIC organized a Seminar on “Systematic Web Literature Review: How to read an article?” by Dr. Shafay Shamail, Head of Office of Sponsored Program and Associate Professor, Computer Sciences at LUMS on 11th September, 2014 at IT conference Room, LCWU.  He discussed the concept of research, types of research papers and publications in detail. He focused on how to write dissertation and how to conduct extensive systematic web literature review on current fields of research.

“Exploring Entrepreneurial Talents”

On Wednesday, April 23rd 2014, a seminar on “Exploring Entrepreneurial Talents” was organized by ORIC in IT Seminar Hall, LCWU. Around 150 students from Faculties of Business and Administrative Sciences, Natural Sciences, DVA, Engineering & Technology and Social Sciences attended the seminar.

Mr Abid Malik and Mr Ali Raza Khan were the two resource persons of the event. Mr. Ali Raza Khan, a social entrepreneur, motivational speaker, the founder of a nonprofit Youth Engagement Services (YES) Network Pakistan promotes youth as a solution in the society. He has reached out and empowered young people living in poverty and helplessness. His motivational lecture was focused on promoting creativity, innovation, self-determination and problem-solving among young people.

The second speaker, Mr Abid Malik, a co-founder of Indus Venture, USA was a business entrepreneur from USA. He had over 24 years of sales, marketing, finance, and business development experience. He also co-founded Visiting Providers (Missouri USA) in 2011, Nexlogic in 1995 and at the age of 21, he was running a small paint manufacturing facility. His lecture was focused on motivating students to make successful business plans. 

Seminar on Prime Minister’s Youth Loan Scheme

On March 5th 2014, ORIC in collaboration with the First Women Bank organized a seminar on “Prime Minister’s Youth Loan Scheme”. Ms Ayesha Arif, Regional head Punjab, Entrepreneurship Training and Business development and Ms Shabih Zehra, Manager Iqbal Town branch, were the resource persons for the event. The speakers emphasized on being self-sufficient in terms of generating an income and spoke about the various earning opportunities.

During the interactive session with the students several business ideas presented by the students were discussed in detail and the speakers gave valuable advice to the students. The seminar was attended by over hundred students from different departments of LCWU who showed immense interest in business entrepreneurship.

Seminar on “Search Engine Optimization”

On February 24th 2014, ORIC organized a seminar on “Search Engine Optimization”. The CEO of the Search Engine Optimization Expert Team, M. Umer Saleem was the resource person for the event. The speaker emphasized on being self-sufficient in terms of generating an income and spoke about the various earning opportunities through internet.

His main focus was on marketing a small business through internet and making it into an enterprise and hence supporting entrepreneurship. He also mentioned various options of earning money through different websites. The seminar was attended by faculty members over fifty students from different departments of LCWU and showed immense interest.

1st SAARC Young Entrepreneurs Summit 2014

On 10th January 2014, ORIC mediated a meeting with Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industry. Mr. Zulfiqar Ali Badar, the Vice Chairman of SAARC Chamber of Young Entrepreneur Forum, and the Chairman of Youth Development Committee LCCI, visited LCWU with his team. The Convener of meeting was Dr. Ismat Naeem.

Mr Badar discussed the first SAARC Young Entrepreneurs Summit to be held in February and the possible participation of LCWU at the event. He also highlighted the potential collaborations of LCWU with SAARC countries.

The Vice Chancellor, Dr. Sabiha Mansoor, also present at the meeting emphasized on promoting and encouraging the LCWU students in various fields through LCCI.

Global Entrepreneurship Week

The Office of Research Innovation & Commercialization, LCWU along with the First Women Bank Limited, celebrated the Global Entrepreneurship Week from 18th to 22ndNovember 2013. In this regard a motivational lecture on Business Entrepreneurship was arranged on Friday, 22nd November 2013. The purpose was to motivate and to encourage young women innovators and entrepreneurs in different fields.

The guest speakers included Ms. Qaisra Sheikh President Women Chamber of Commerce and Industry, WCCI, Ms. Hasna Cheema Program Manager GEP Aurat Foundation and Mrs. Ayesha Arif Kitchlew, Regional Head Punjab, FWBL.

Ms Qaisra Sheikh discussed her own experiences and the founding of the Women Chamber of Commerce and Industry. She encouraged young students to step forward and work as a team with WCCI. Ms. Hasna Cheema talked about the women entrepreneurs from rural areas and how Aurat Foundation helps them target the urban markets. Mrs Ayesha Arif Kitchlew discussed different programs and trainings offered by the First Women Bank Limited to women entrepreneurs.

Lecture on Linking Research with Industry

A Lecture was organized by ORIC, LCWU on the topic of “Linking Research with Industry” on October 25th 2103.  The objective of this lecture was to design industry driven research strategies and share various partnership models with industry.  The event was actively participated by around 50 faculty and student researchers. Guest speakers for this program were Mr. Rahmat Ul Allah, Chief Coordinator, IRP, Mr. Shafiq ur Rehman, Director, IRP and Mr. Naveed Ashraf, R&D Manager, Reso Chem.

They discussed about how to produce research needed by Industry- issue of training and capacity building. Furthermore, Mr. Naveed talked about Take Away-Industry funded projects for LCWU Researchers.

Training course

8th September, 2013.
Training course for candidates appearing for PPSC &FPSC competitive tests organized by Dept. of Pharmacy in collaboration with ORIC
Resource Person: Mr. Shafiq Ahmad Abbassi
              Chairman, Nova Med Pharmaceutical Ltd, Lahore

Workshop on Strategic Planning

22nd -27th April, 2013.
Workshop on Strategic Planning
Resource Person: Mr. Khurram Waqas Malik, Consultant, National Productivity Organization   (NPO), Ministry of Industry, Govt. of Pakistan.

Workshop on IPR, Patents & Patenting

22nd February, 2013.
Workshop on IPR, Patents & Patenting
Resource Person: Barrister At Law: Ahmad Farooq, HighCourt, Lahore