- Dr. M. Akram Sheikh, Founder and Co-Chairman CAC, Professor Emeritus NUST, Former Deputy Chairman , Planning Commission of Pakistan
The CAC was a completely new concept for Pakistan, and an experiment that was undertaken with the objective of building a unique platform for building university-industry collaborations that would bring meaningful results for the economy of Pakistan. In a period of less than 2 years, the CAC has been a dynamic organ of NUST’s entrepreneurial culture. Intelligentsia comprising experts from different industries as well as eminent scholars from the university have come together to create a potentially potent force, providing the impetus for human capital development and enhancement of industry capability in Pakistan. I am very proud of CAC’s achievements, and would like to congratulate our industry members, the NUST faculty, and last but not the least the dynamic young team of CAC Secretariat.
- Dr. Shahid Mahmud, CEO Interactive Group of Companies, Industry Co-Chair, CAC ICT Sector Committee
The CAC was formed with the vision of having the industry and academia in a perfect symbiosis, with the academia providing the industry skilled human resource and innovation. The CAC ICT Sector Committee is working on a clearly defined roadmap which is needed for encompassing all sectors of the economy, infrastructure and society; a truly digitized society in the end.
- Dr. S. M. Hassan Zaidi, Principal SEECS, NUST Co-Chair, CAC ICT Sector Committee
The CAC ICT Sector Committee has helped in blending of engineering and computing education with a sound orientation o the industry’s requirements and expectations from SEECS graduates, enabling them to work in areas of national significance. The CAC platform has benefitted our students, and has also enabled local and international industry to benefit from R&D facilities at SEECS.
- Mr. Muhammad Naeem Mukhtar, Chairman Allied Bank Ltd, Industry Co-Chair, CAC BFSS Committee
The CAC BFSS Sector Committee has strived to bridge academia and industry by ensuring that the students are not only academically sound but are also aware of financial sector progress through frequent liaisons , joint field projects, research activities, workshops and lectures by industry experts. This has enhanced the skills of the NBS students, and at the same time provided the industry access to high quality research.
- Dr. Naukhez Zarwar, Principal and Dean, NBS, NUST Co-Chair, CAC BFSS Committee
The BFSS Sector is a very important part of the economy, and the Committee consists of senior representatives from top financial institutions of Pakistan. The NUST – NBP project conducted from the CAC platform is an example of quality contribution to the sector. Because of our collaboration with the industry, our students get exposed to the best industry practices, and our curriculum is continuously improved as per the latest industry trends.
- Dr. M Bilal Khan, Principal and Dean, CES NUST, NUST Co-Chair, CAC Energy Sector Committee and CAC Chemical Sector Committee
The CAC has furnished a vibrant platform to NUST institutions to practically engage in industry collaboration for sustainable development. Research projects seeking cost effective and scalable solutions are already underway in several areas. The academia-industry interface is also vital in developing industry specific curriculum, student placement and on the job training. In my view this is the best portal for achieving the goal of commercialization, thus linking education with the financial engine for knowledge based economic development.
- Dr. Tariq Mahmood, Principal SCEE, NUST Co Chair, CAC Infrastructure Sector Committee
The School of Civil and Environmental engineering at NUST, SCEE, has diverse capabilities in different infrastructure sub disciplines and is well placed to directly and productively contribute to the industry. The associated institutes at SCEE are executing a number of projects of vital importance to the industry. The industry gets valuable research done through our faculty and students; at the same time our students get exposure to real issues. I believe this collaboration will go a long way in providing solutions to infrastructure related issues in Pakistan and in further strengthening the credibility of NUST as an industry-focused R&D University.
- Mr. Parvez Ghias, CEO, Indus Motor Company (Pvt.) Ltd., Industry Co-Chair, CAC Automotive Sector Committee
The CAC Automotive Committee provides an interface between industry and faculty, which helps improve what NUST offers to its students; facilitates internships, on the job training and employment for NUST graduates within the industry; and create an environment for industry specific R&D and human capital development.
- Mr. Sikander M. Khan, Chairman Millat Group of Companies, Industry Co-Chair, CAC Engineering Sector Committee
Pakistani automotive and engineering companies have been working closely with SMME, benefitting from the innovative R&D taking place at NUST. A number of projects have been successfully executed and delivered, and some are in the pipeline. The Millat Group would like to enhance its collaboration with CAC/NUST for the development of the sector and the Pakistani economy. I laud the potential the efforts of the NUST faculty and students.
- Dr. Abdul Ghafoor, Principal and Dean SMME, NUST Co Chair, CAC Automotive Committee and Engineering Sector Committees
The CAC initiative has tremendously helped the SMME, one of the youngest schools at NUST, to establish itself as a research oriented engineering school, and most importantly as an industry focused R&D institution. We developed our credibility with the industry through this platform, improved our curriculum as per industry requirements, and increased student internships and employability with the industry. I am grateful to the industry co chairs and members for posing their faith in us, and for continuously supporting us in our endeavours.
- Dr. Ijaz Shafi Gillani, CEO Gallup Pakistan, Industry Co Chair, CAC Social Sector Committee
The Pakistani nation is currently passing through a historical phase of being intensely introspective and self critical. Thus many Pakistanis complain ; “We are high on ideas and low on implementation”. NUST is trying to bridge that gap and I am happy to be a part of the process as Industry co Chair of the Social Sector Committee. Any modern university would aspire to connect with society to blend theory with action. But not everyone of them designs institutions to implement this aspiration. Through its CAC Committees NUST has initiated an institutional process to achieve that objective. I pray for its success and shall look forward ti ots continuous progress.
- Mr. Irfan Ahmed Akhtar, Pro-Rector Finance & Investment, NUST Co-Chair, CAC Social Sector Committee
Sustainable community development is essential to ensuring a poverty free equitable society in Pakistan. Given the cross-cutting nature of the social sector, its success relies on leveraging the involvement of all other CAC Sectors. This sector committee works closely with other sector committees to ensure that they align their initiatives with a strong socio economic development focus. A high level of social and civic responsibility is nurtured in our students and faculty, and is represented in our curricula and projects.