NUST- NBP Joint Research Project 2012-13
Keeping in line with CAC’s core aim of having long-term economic impact for the sectors within its purview, In the Banking and Financial Services Sector (BFSS) Committee, the landmark project was the NUST-NBP Joint Research Project, where the CAC joined hands with the National Bank of Pakistan (NBP) for a mega-research initiative of mapping the industrial disposition of Pakistan. This was the first time that a bank partnered with a university to conduct multi-sector research of this magnitude. NUST students were taken as interns by the CAC, and the project deliverable was a report titled ‘Industry Ratings & Strategic Positioning 2012,’meant to provide value to industry members, potential investors / lenders, as well as policy makers, providing the framework and data repository for the industrial and economic leadership of the country. The Certificate Award Ceremony for the project was held in June 2012. Phase 2 of the NUST-NBP Joint research project has been planned for execution in 2012-13. The present project will be based on the same lines with slightly different approach and methodology. The product of the research will be the current year analysis lading to a report “Industry Ratings & Strategic Positioning 2013” based on current year analysis. CAC announced internship opportunity for this NUST-NBP Joint Research Project stretching over a period of 6 weeks starting from mid July, 2012. The applicants were entertained on first come first serve basis. Primarily, students of Business Administration and Economics background from NUST Business School have been selected as Interns. It is a paid internship with pick and drop facility for the interns. Students will be awarded with Internship certificates as well as performance based merit certificates after successful completion of the Internship.
On July 11, 2012, a handing over ceremony of Engine Blow-By Measuring System was held at NUST. A total of 9 systems were developed and handed over to the Pakistan Army. The systems have been developed by NUST School of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering (SMME). Earlier, similar products had been delivered to other OEMs including Millat Tractors. The system is first of its kind and a joint patent between the developer and NUST has been filed. This system can measure engine blow-by which is one of the most important parameters to investigate engine internal health. The engine blow-by is the leakage of combustion gasses from the combustion chamber to the crankcase due to the excessive wear of piston rings, liner, piston grooves and skirt. Monitoring engine blow by indicates the right time to overhaul the engine and is very helpful in maintenance scheduling. Measuring engine blow-by is challenging parameters to measure effectively due to its very limited flow rates which makes it merely impossible to measure through conventional means. Special techniques are used to measure such limited flow rates. The system developed at SMME utilizes the advanced embedded system coupled with sensitive flow system. The in-built advanced DAQ system logs the data for analysis, validates and performs signal conditioning. The data is then displayed on the screen in a user friendly manner for the testing personnel to monitor and diagnose the problem on the spot. A number of OEMs have purchased this device and is widely used for quality control and engine maintenance. This system was customized for the user according to their needs. In this regard a handing over ceremony was chaired by Rector NUST Engr. Muhammad Asghar. Professor Emeritus Dr. Akram Sheikh, Principal of the School Dr. Abdul Ghafoor and other dignitaries form higher management of NUST attended the ceremony. DG EME Maj. Gen. Jamshed Riaz, guest of honour, commended the efforts made by NUST in general and the SMME in particular for building the trust between industry and university through developing a product that is needed by the industry. In s closing remarks, Rector NUST thanked DG EME for showing confidence in the capabilities of NUST and hoped that this relationship would further strengthen in the future.
CAC Energy Sector Project
Arch Associates, Management Consultants and Trainers, is working with the CAC Energy Sector Committee on the project titled “Survey on the availability of Biomass in Pakistan”. The objective is to identify the availability of different biomass in different agriculture areas/regions of Pakistan, categorize the current and potential usage of biomass in each area depending on the neighborhood industry and residential consumer groups and identify the factors which can increase the qualitative aspects of different biomass besides increasing the operational efficiencies. The survey would reveal the availability, seasonality and mapping of biomass and current usage practices in Pakistan.