LAHORE GARRISON UNIVERSITY
Research and Development Policy
The Research and Development Division supports research activities in all public and private sector Universities/DAIs eligible for public funding. The R&D programs aim at strengthening the research culture in Pakistani universities by providing funding opportunities for research including support for the presentation of research papers at national and international level academic events. The Division especially encourages and supports the establishment and promotion of collaborative linkages with universities, industries, and R & organizations both within the country and abroad. Likewise, the R&D Division supports universities for the repair/maintenance of their lab equipment, intending to strengthen the research infrastructure of the universities.
The Division under its initiative on Innovation & Entrepreneurship supports the establishment of Technology/Business Incubation Centers and Offices of Research, Innovation, and Commercialization (ORICs) at universities enabling them to play their due role in job creation and economic development of the country.
The Office of Research, Innovation & Commercialization (ORIC) at LGU looks for the opportunities and markets the strengths of the university faculty for resource mobilization and conducting multi-disciplinary research. To cater to the needs of society in general & the farming community in particular, ORIC coordinates and facilitates to harness of innovative ideas leading to commercialization and entrepreneurial growth. A summary of the assignments and initiatives taken up at ORIC is presented hereafter.
Investment in research has a great impact on fostering innovations which leads to promoting knowledge-based economies. The faculty at LGU has gained momentum for hunting national and international grants on a competitive basis. In addition to knowledge and technology development, the research grants, competitively earned by the faculty, support postgraduate studies, expand laboratories and equipment facilities, sponsor students and strengthen research communication and outreach activities. The indirect cost received through these grants helps in meeting recurring costs and to extend small grants for innovative res., technology displays, and business start-ups.
The ORIC makes consistent efforts to diversify and expand the resource base. The current major sponsors of the research and capacity building projects at LGU include:
- Higher Education Commission (HEC)
- Pakistan Science Foundation (PSF)
- Pakistan Agricultural Research Council (PARC)/Agricultural Linkages Program
- Pakistan Academy of Sciences (PAS),
- FDTTPC Endowment Fund Secretariat,
- Punjab Irrigation & Drainage Authority (PIDA),
- ICT – R&D Fund, Ministry of Science and Technology (MoST),
- Govt. of Punjab,
- Punjab Agricultural Research Board (PARB),
- International Foundation for Science (IFS),
- PAK-US Science & Technology Cooperation Program,
- Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR),
- International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI),
- German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD),
- International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) – Pakistan Strategy Support Program (PSSP),
- USDA, Foreign Agriculture Service,
- South Asian Network for Development and Environmental Economics,
(SANDEE) South Asia Network for Economic Institutes (SANEI),
- Cereal System Initiative in South Asia (CSISA),
- United Nation Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO),
- Grand Challenges Canada,
- Centre for Environmental Risk Assessment (CERA),
- COMSTECH-TWAS Joint Research Grant Program, Turkish International
Cooperation Agency (TIKA),
The enhanced persuasion and facilitation from ORIC and increase in the number of TTS faculty have led to overwhelming grant applications and success rates in various CGS systems. The ORIC also facilitates the faculty to seek grants for organizing seminars/workshops/conferences/symposia, grants for repair & maintenance of equipment, grants for upgrading of libraries, grants for scientific journals & travel grants from the diversified sources, and sponsoring agencies.
Higher Education Commission (HEC) has created a visible impact in the capacity building of the talented resource-poor students living in remote areas of Pakistan. It has been appropriately realized that promotion of talent, access to education, and scholarship are the primary elements of a farsighted policy leading to progress, development, prosperity, and social integration. The HEC scholars after completing PhDs are now being inducted into the universities under Tenure Track in the private sector with market-based Sala Packages. The graduates of LGU get maximum scholarships in different competitive scholarships schemes. These are: –
- Merit Scholarships for Ph.D. studies in Sci. & Tech. (200Scholarships),
- Development of S&T Manpower through Indigenous Ph.D. (300Scholarship),
iii. Scholarship for Ph.D. Studies in Social Science, Arts &Humanities,
- 5000 Indigenous Ph.D. Fellowship Program, Ph.D. Scholarship Program Phase II Batch-I2012,
- International Research Support Initiative Program (IRSIP).
In addition to the HEC funded scholarships, the ORIC also manages MS and PhD
International Scholarship sponsored by DAAD under the International Centre for
Development and Decent Work (ICDD) program. Along with Interim Placement of Foreign
Ph.D. (IFPF), the services of foreign faculty-sponsored from President’s Program for Care of
Highly Qualified Overseas Pakistanis (PPQP), Visiting Scholar Program, and Foreign Faculty
Hiring programs are also being utilized through ORIC.
The ORIC also tries to translate the research findings of LGU scientists/researchers into new products & technologies through Business Incubation Centre (BIC) by creating a congenial environment for entrepreneurship.
Research commercialization, Technology Transfer, and Outreach activities are carried out through Exhibitions, Festivals, Kisan Conventions, Business Plan Competitions, Showcasing of Technologies, incubation of Startups and fledgling companies, providing consultancies for agricultural land development, product commercialization, and registration of patents under IP policy to promote entrepreneurship culture. Business Incubation Center (BIC) is dedicatedly tasked to develop a mindset of faculty and students regarding innovation and commercialization. Saturday outreach and internship are mandatory for the faculty and the students, respectively. Along with the regular internship, special yield maximization, Dengue Eradication / Awareness, and Technology Transfer Campaigns/ Events are regular features of outreach activities. The Government of Punjab has launched a special program “Punjab Youth Internship Program” in which professional degree/diploma holders are engaged in the relevant activities through ORIC.