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.
CAC Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) Sector Research Project
In a defining meeting between the Industry and the NUST Co-Chairs for the IPR Committee, a national level research project on IPR has been started. It is a 3-phase project where a detailed analysis will be done on the status of IPR in Pakistan. A detailed study like this has not been conducted in Pakistan to date, and hence the findings of this research project will have far-reaching results. The end-objective is to propose changes in the current IP scenario in Pakistan, which is hindering intellectual property protection and is hampering commercialization. A team of six interns from NUST Business School (NBS) is working on the project under the supervision of Ms. Eram Zaidi, Deputy Director Intellectual Property (DD IP, I & C) and Mr. Tipu Sultan, Industry Co-Chair CAC IPR Sector Committee.
The NUST-NBP Joint Research Project was a landmark project exhibiting the mandate of the CAC – industry-academia collaboration. The purpose of the project was to conduct an in-depth analysis of different important sectors of Pakistan’s economy in order to create an authentic and credible repository of sector data; and identify specific issues, strengths, growth potential and growth barriers of the sectors. This study was envisaged to provide a snapshot of different sectors from an investment point of view, and also provide input for policy-making relevant to the sectors and the overall economy. A group of 22 young, bright interns, from SEECS NUST, NBS NUST, Bahria University, and Quaid-e-Azam University joined us for the project. Their names and schools/Universities are given below:- 1. Amna Meer, SEECS NUST 2. Aisha Bibi, SEECS NUST 3. Anum Raja NBS 4. Esha Iqbal ,NBS NUST 5. Ahsan Ghazanfar, NBS NUST 6. Eamaan Saif NBS 7. Hassan Sarfraz , NBS NUST 8. Fatima Suleman, NBS NUST 9. Walia Jamshan NBS 10. Qazi Abdul Jawad, NBS NUST 11. Zainab Altaf, SEECS NUST 12. Numan Munawar Bajwa SEECS 13. Muhammad Umar Farooq, SEECS NUST 14. Maleeha Asghar, NBS NUST 15. Madeeha Zahir Bukhari SEECS 16. Sidrah Hameed, NBS NUST 17. Rabia Raja, NBS NUST 18. Qandeel Nawaz NBS 19. Rabia Tariq, Bahria University Islamabad. 20. Syed Waqas Waheed, Bahria University Islamabad. 21. Sulaiman Jahangir, Bahria University Islamabad. 22. Kiran Sayed, Quaid-e-Azam University, Islamabad. Mr. Ahsan Elahi, Senior Vice President, Head of Industry Research and Analysis, Credit Management Group, National Bank of Pakistan (NBP) was the Industry Project Lead. Under his guidance the combined supervision of Mr. Elahi and the CAC management, the interns spent 8-10 weeks conducting secondary and then primary research to gather data according to a preset format. This involved a study of all published data on the sectors, most of which was not easy to assimilate due to unavailability of authentic published data, and thereafter a field interview phase in which the interns visited sample industries and interviewed their representatives to gather quantitative as well as qualitative data. A rigorous quality assurance of the data was carried out by CAC and then by NBP, after which a report titled INDUSTRY RATINGS & STRATEGIC POSITIONING 2012 was published, in January 2012. This was the first time that a bank and a university joined hands to conduct a study of this nature. The above-mentioned project recognized the role of academia in adding value to Industry, which is the CAC mandate. It gave students exposure to multiple industries in a short span of time; it was also a wonderful learning experience for both parties involved, and set the stage for Phase 2 of the project, a more refined effort to be conducted in 2013.