Frequently Asked Questions (About CAC)
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); 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. Any viable technology developed by you will be out forward for commercialization in the industry so that a greater number of masses can obtain benefit from it.
The CAC is a platform where the Industry, Academia and Government, all stand to gain in diverse ways 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. This is the Pakistan that we envision for you, for your children, and their children.
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 via economic efficient economic development. And that cannot be achieved without active contribution from you.
As part of its industry- academia linkages, NUST faculty placement program has been initiated in which NUST faculty during semester breaks visits organization’s premise/office. The visit can range from days to week. Such a program benefits both industry and faculty, as faculty gets the opportunity to analyse and devise solutions for existing problems while also bringing back potential employment opportunities for NUST students. An organization’s representative can also request the visit of a particular faculty or a visit from a particular department. To request the visit feel free to email at: [email protected].
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 industry experts, thus enabling them to find workable solutions to emerging /global problems by utilizing the vast R&D base of 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. On the other hand, 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.
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. 1st: The most basic function of a university is to teach and to award degrees, which is no higher than the role of a college. 2nd & 3rd: The second and third functions are academic and industry-based R&D, both of which are being fulfilled by NUST. 4th: The fourth function is to contribute to policy development at the national level. 5th: 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.
CAC was formed in April 2010.
The work of CAC encompasses various Industry sectors included but not limited to: Automotive, Bio-Technology, Infrastructure, Information & Communications Technology (ICT), Engineering, Banking & Financial Services, Energy, Chemical, Defence Technologies, Intellectual Property Rights (IPR), along with the Social Sector.