Frequently Asked Questions
  1. WHAT IS THE CAC?
  2. WHEN WAS THE CAC FORMED?
  3. WHO HEADS THE CAC AND WHO IS / ARE THE POINT(S) OF CONTACT IN THE CAC?
  4. WHAT IS THE STRUCTURE OF THE CAC SECTOR COMMITTEES?
  5. WHAT ARE THE OBJECTIVES OF THE CAC / WHY WAS THE CAC FORMED?
  6. WHO ARE MEMBERS OF THE CAC?
  7. WHAT ARE THE ACHIEVEMENTS OF THE CAC?
  8. HOW CAN I BENEFIT FROM THE CAC?
  9. CAN I JOIN THE CAC IF I AM A STUDENT?
  10. WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE ROLES OF THE CAC AND THE CAREER DEVELOPMENT CENTRE (CDC) AND INDUSTRY LIAISON OFFICE (ILO), TWO DEPARTMENTS THAT ARE ALREADY WORKING IN NUST?
  11. WHAT IS THE LASTING IMPACT OF BUILDING CAC ON NUST AND PAKISTAN?
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1. WHAT IS THE CAC?
Understanding the importance of industry-academia collaboration, NUST formed the Corporate Advisory Council (CAC) whose mandate was to facilitate communication and collaboration between university researchers and academic experts, thus enabling them to together find workable solutions to industry problems by utilizing the vast R&D base of NUST. The CAC encompasses eleven Industry sectors which are: Automotive, Bio-Technology, Infrastructure, Information & Communications Technology (ICT), Engineering, Banking & Financial Services, Energy, Chemical, Defence Technologies, Intellectual Property Rights (IPR), and the Social Sector.
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2. WHEN WAS THE CAC FORMED?
CAC was formed in April 2010.
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3. WHO HEADS THE CAC AND WHO IS / ARE THE POINT(S) OF CONTACT IN THE CAC?
The Corporate Advisory Councils governed by a Board of Advisors (BoA) that comprises distinguished and eminent personalities from NUST, the Industry and the Government. The BoA is chaired by:
  • Engineer Dr. M. Akram Sheikh, Professor Emeritus NUST and founder of the Corporate Advisory Council; and
  • Engineer Muhammad Asghar,Rector NUST
The Secretary General CAC Mr. Amer Hashmi serves as the CEO, while the operations are headed by Director CAC Ms. Rabia Shoaib Ahmad, who manages the sector activities through a small but an efficient team of Associate Project Managers.
You can communicate with the CAC via the email addresses given below or through the cac-info@nust.edu.pk

qandeelnawaz@nust.edu.pk (Ms. Qandeel Nawaz, Associate Project Manager CAC)
coord-advisor@nust.edu.pk (Ms. Sobia Bilal, Project Coordinator CAC)
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4. WHAT IS THE STRUCTURE OF THE CAC SECTOR COMMITTEES?
Each CAC Sector Committee is co-chaired by two senior executives (one from NUST and one from the Industry).These Sector-specific Committees comprise of 15-20 members representing the NUST Academia and the Industry. Members of each Committee combine their thoughtleadership and experience, working towards mutual benefits.Details about the NUST and Industry Co-Chairs of the CAC Sector Committees can be found on the CAC homepage.
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5. WHAT ARE THE OBJECTIVES OF THE CAC / WHY WAS THE CAC FORMED?
A university, in addition to teaching and awarding degrees, must engage in research. Research at universities across the world is academic as well as industry-specific. However, in Pakistan, universities rarely develop linkages with the industry. NUST has recognized the long-term advantages of these linkages for the university, the industry, and the country’s economy. Therefore, it has brought on board over a 150 members from 11 different sectors of the economy, to fulfill the following high-level objectives:
  • Help develop required University-Industry collaborations for “knowledge economy” and “technology driven development.”
  • Build mutual trust and faith.
  • Build, produce and provide knowledge and knowledge workers.
  • Visible, effective and measurable contribution to the Pakistani Economy.
  • Help productive employment for NUST Graduates in Pakistan.
  • Joint studies, projects and R&D (domestic & global Industries).
  • Encourage domestic and global Industry to invest in NUST R&D facilities.
  • Help develop appropriate projects in the National Science and Technology Park (NSTP) program.
  • Undertake required studies jointly with Industry to assist government for rapid development & economic growth.
The Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) for the CAC include:
  • Site visits by faculty / students.
  • School visits by Industry.
  • Guest lectures by industry specialists.
  • Workshops in industry by NUST academia through the Professional Development Center (PDC), NUST.
  • Term projects for students based on industry requirements.
  • R&D projects for NUST faculty from industry.
  • Student placements in industry (internship and employment).
  • Improvement / addition in NUST curriculum based on industry relevance.
  • Bilateral investments.
  • Co-production of material for the CAC Newsletter.
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6. WHO ARE MEMBERS OF THE CAC?
The CAC members include:
  • Industry experts from the 11 sectors in which the CAC operates. This includes NUST Alumni currently working in different industries.
  • Serving and retired officers of Government of Pakistan.
  • NUST faculty.
  • NUST Management.
  • Students who are office-bearers in various social or community service bodies within NUST can become a member of our Social Sector Committee (SSC).
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7. WHAT ARE THE ACHIEVEMENTS OF THE CAC?
With a very small, lean and highly ‘ideas-oriented’ team, the CAC manages 11 sectors of the economy (in reality covering the entire spectrum of economic activity within a science and technology paradigm).
  • Within a span of 04 years, the CAC industry membership has grown to over a 150, which was a daunting task to accomplish, considering the fact that for senior industry representatives like Chairmen and CEOs to come on board, winning their trust in NUST and CAC to deliver what was promised was crucial, and indeed a challenging task. However, we were highly encouraged by the fact that our core idea was greeted with open arms by all stakeholders, particularly the Industry. As the Industry’s faith in the CAC and NUST gets stronger, more and more partners join us; this broadens the spectrum of industries that we cover, and the scope of R&D that NUST can conduct for them. The spirit of national development is echoed by our members and partners. The CAC’s sustained interaction with the industry has allowed us to build trust on the basis of reciprocity.
  • Through the CAC platform, several industry projects have been initiated by the NUST schools; several have been completed, many others are under execution, and new projects are being conceived. To view the list of projects, please click on Industry Projects.
  • The CAC has managed to forge long-term investment relationships with Industry notables such as the Millat Group, ICI, Huawei Pakistan and even foreign companies such as NRG Bio-fuels of Canada and Canada Pakistan Business Council (CPBC). Huawei Pakistan has set up a network academy at SEECS, NUST; it is known as the Huawei Authorized Network Academy (HANA). NRG Bio-fuels of Canada is heavily involved in the biofuels program of NUST’s Center for Energy Systems (CES). Several other examples of active industry participation in NUST through the CAC exist.
  • The CAC endeavors to involve the students in as much industry-based research as possible. The industry shares with the CAC, research areas which NUST students can take up as their thesis projects. The CAC ensures that such research is supervised closely by our Industry partners, to give students exposure to real-time industry issues, and a chance to work with Industry leaders. This not only broadens the students’ horizons, but also improves their employability. Currently, the CAC is working on a few such research areas, for which students of CES, NBS and SEECS, NUST are being involved. The research projects are currently in the development stage.
  • The CAC, with help from other NUST departments including RIC, Administration, P&D, etc., planned and conducted a Seminar on Regional Peace & Economic Development – Role of China and Pakistan in NUST on 16th January 2012. A Chinese delegation from comprising of senior members as well as students from Tsinghua University Beijing and South West University of Political Science & Law, Chongquin participated in the Seminar (as speakers as well as audience). All CAC industry members were invited to the event, as were other distinguished Government and private sector individuals, as well as NUST management and faculty. The same evening, the Launch of the China-Pakistan Think Tank took place; planning and execution of this event was also done by the CAC. The China-Pakistan Think Tank MoU was signed between NUST and the two Chinese universities mentioned above. The deliverable of these two events was the formation of the China-Pakistan Think Tank, which has created a common research, analysis, and advocacy platform, aiming to increase cooperation and collaboration between the two countries through knowledge inputs from the intelligentsia of both countries. This initiative hopes to take Sino-Pak relations to a new level of strategic partnership in all spheres of activities, and aims to develop a framework for strategic technical and economic partnership based on mutually beneficial Technology Transfers and long-term alliance. The formation of the China-Pakistan Think Tank also marked the creation of the NUST GTTN – the NUST Global Think Tank Network; with NUST as the hub, the GTTN aims to develop regional nodes, the first of which is the China-Pakistan Think Tank. A network of interactions between the hub and the nodes and inter-node exchanges is planned in order to make it possible to create a common and shared policy vocabulary for reconciling conflicting national development and peace visions. The nodes with which the NUST GTTN plans to connect with in future will be aimed at regional areas with localized analysis becoming part of the policy output. The specific target regions include Asia (China, Singapore, Malaysia, South Korea, Indonesia and Japan), the Americas (Canada, North America, South America), Middle East and Africa, and Europe. In effect, the NUST GTTN was a deliverable of and a natural progression for the CAC, since the Think Tank was conceived within the CAC, and our partners from the Industry, NUST Academia and the Government are active members of the GTTN.
  • The CAC also organized a Consultative Workshop on Science & Technology Park Development at NUST from 30th January to 2nd February 2012, in collaboration with UNESCO and the World Technopolis Association (WTA). The Workshop was led by the world’s leading team of experts from WTA and the Surrey Research Park, UK. The Pakistani audience comprised senior business / industrial groups, academia, and science policy makers to share ideas for the establishment of Pakistan’s first National Science and Technology Park (NSTP) by NUST. The workshop consists of consultative meetings of the UNESCO-WTA team with academics and researchers from NUST. This workshop reiterated NUST’s commitment to further the cause of S&T-led and equity-based socio-economic national development of which the NSTP was going to be a vital expression.
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8. HOW CAN I BENEFIT FROM THE CAC?
The CAC is a platform where the Industry, Academia and Government, all stand to gain in different ways:-
  • If you are a student, you are our biggest client! All the objectives that we strive to achieve at the CAC are for the benefit of you all, NUSTIANS (currently adding up to more than 11,000), the future of our country. We are working for the enhancement of industrial and business activity in our country, which will benefit the industry, improve the economy, and create employment opportunities for you and the thousands like you studying in other universities in Pakistan. We want there to be enough opportunities for you within your country, so you will not have to look to supposedly greener pastures abroad. You should be able to achieve your personal and professional goals while serving your motherland. So nation-building will go hand-in-hand with personal and professional growth. This is the Pakistan that we envision for you, for your children, and their children.
  • If you are a NUST faculty member, your area of expertise and experience is extremely valuable for us, since your expertise will help us to show our industry partners the innovative contribution that your skills can make to the industry. Please do come forward and meet us (face-to-face, or virtually through email or the CAC Access); tell us how your expertise can be utilized to add value to the Industry, and we will help match your expertise with the relevant area or problem of the industry. Through this activity, your own skills and experience will be enhanced, giving you an edge over your counterparts in the market. Your personal and professional growth, and NUST’s growth, will precede and follow each other at the same time.
  • If you are from the Industry, you form an important end of our triple-helix triangle (Industry, Academia, and Government). The NUST R&D base is here to help provide you solutions to your industrial and business problems, whether they relate to product design, product improvement, process improvement, commercialization of an idea, or a policy-related issue. We will match your requirement to the services offered by the relevant NUST school(s), and hence form a partnership which will benefit you in the long run, in terms of cost-effective and innovative R&D by our students and faculty, an infrastructure base in the form of our labs and facilities, and a resource pool of potential employees (NUST students. Sharing the CAC platform with your counterparts from other industries will also enhance inter-industry linkages.
  • If you are a part of the Government of Pakistan (GoP), your inclusion to the CAC is of high value to us, as we need your input and your support to push industry- and economy-friendly policies through the relevant quarters. We all must join hands to work towards one goal – nation-building. And that cannot be achieved without active contribution from you.
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9. CAN I JOIN THE CAC IF I AM A STUDENT?
Yes, you can join the CAC Social Sector Committee (SSC) if you are an office bearer of any of NUST’s social service bodies, regardless of which school you are in. You can write an email giving a comprehensive detail of yourself including the Name, Semester, Department, School, Email address, Contact number and your current residing address to cac-info@nust.edu.pk. A short paragraph as to why you want to join the Committee should be included as well. Confirmation email will be sent to you within 2 weeks of receipt of email.
 
10. WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE ROLES OF THE CAC AND THE CAREER DEVELOPMENT CENTRE (CDC) AND INDUSTRY LIAISON OFFICE (ILO), TWO DEPARTMENTS THAT ARE ALREADY WORKING IN NUST?
The Career Development Centre (CDC) provides programs and services to students and Alumni in exploring and making effective career choices. These programs provide opportunities for NUST students and Alumni to foster professional networks with employers and also assist employers in meeting their recruitment needs. The mandate of the Industry Liaison Office (ILO) is also mostly student placements in the Industry, for which they work with the middle-to-lower management levels in the Industry. The CAC liaisons with the top management in various industrial, business and Government enterprises and its main thrust is on generating projects through which the NUST R&D base in its various schools can solve industry problems. The CAC’s linkage with the academic schools of NUST and industry leaders through its unique structure described above helps the fulfillment of this objective. Of course, there is an overlap between the ILO and the CAC, and these two entities work in close cooperation with each other to complement and supplement each other’s role and task.
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11. WHAT IS THE LASTING IMPACT OF BUILDING CAC ON NUST AND PAKISTAN?
Universities have a significant and pivotal role to play in the development of nations and economies. CAC was developed keeping in view the 4 basic functions of a university, and is playing a fundamental role in achieving the third, fourth and fifth functions described below.
  • As discussed above, the most basic function of a university is to teach and to award degrees, which is no higher than the role of a college.
  • The second and third functions are academic and industry-based R&D, both of which are being fulfilled by NUST.
  • The fourth function is to contribute to policy development at the national level; although the CAC still functions as a pseudo-Think Tank, it has helped NUST to form the first Academic Think Tank in Pakistan – the NUST GTTN. The GTTN and the NSTP (discussed below) are actually CAC deliverables.
  • The fifth function of a university, based on its pool of the most fertile minds in the country (faculty, researchers, and students) is to create a dynamic Knowledge Ecosystem – a platform for technology incubation, business development and commercialization. STPs promote interaction between institutional elements, i.e. universities, research parks, large companies, venture funds etc., and non-institutional elements i.e. talent, bodies of knowledge and virtual communities, to create job opportunities for the youth and link local assets to global and domestic markets generating value. STPs around the world contribute significantly to the economies of the countries they are in. NUST, recognizing its responsibility towards the economic growth of Pakistan, is developing the first Science & Technology Park (STP) of Pakistan, known as the National Science & Technology Park (NSTP), NUST. The NSTP will be an alliance between the University, the Government, business enterprises, and R&D institutes, drawing together the best intellectual minds, their innovative research and the latest technologies in a wide number of areas. The NSTP will focus primarily be on high-tech R&D, commercialization, designing, production and manufacturing. It envisions stimulation of economic activity in the country by developing a unique knowledge-based multi-industry cluster around the capital city, including segments of the ICT, Engineering, Bio-technology, Banking & Financial Services, Defence Technologies, Energy, and Automotive Industries – all of which are already NUST’s partners through the CAC.