3rd Invention to Innovation Summit 2018 held at University of Balochistan
University of Balochistan (UoB) and Institute of Research Promotion (IRP) in collaboration with ECOSF, PSF, SATHA and other organizations, organized 3rd Invention to Innovation Summit on 24th and 25th April 2018, at University of Balochistan, Quetta.
The Summit aim was to stress upon the importance of technology in local economy and provided an opportunity to Academia, Industry and Government for the establishment of Corporate Linkages in the field of technology. The objectives of the summit were to promote, disseminate, expand and advance the viable research technologies. The Innovation summit included Presentation of Viable Technologies through Technical Sessions, Exhibition of Academic & Industrial Innovative Products/Models, and Exhibition of innovative product/technology/idea by university students, Workshops on Research Commercialization, Business Plan Competition and Annual Innovation Awards. A large number of Institutions participated in innovation summit to showcase their projects.
UoB Vice Chancellor Prof Dr. Javeid Iqbal addressed the audience and said that UOB marked another historical day for Balochistan with the 3rd Innovation Summit, which has grown to be the largest R & D event of the province. It has been providing opportunity to researchers, academia, government and industry to come closer and establish collaboration for better service to the society. He also indicated that the Summit was an awe-inspiring opportunity to encourages young students to come forward with their innovative ideas and present in the exhibition in-front of other stakeholder, experts and fellow students. He added that this innovation summit is our step towards journey of making Balochistan as Innovative Province.
President ECO Science Foundation, Prof. Dr. Manzoor H. Soomro congratulated the Vice Chancellor Prof. Dr. Javeid Iqbal and appreciated the efforts of organizing the 3rd Invention to Innovation Summit 2018 in University of Balochistan successfully. He praised the Coalition made to bring out the best from students and for creating the bridge between students and industry at local level. These summits are one of the most important happening in bringing various stakeholders to come together and cooperate & collaborate, he added. Dr. Soomro Appreciated the participation/contribution of international institutions as well as national.
Prof. Dr. Soomro briefly introduced the ECO Science Foundation’s Programs and its consortiums with the UNESCO International STI Centre- ISTIC in Kuala Lumpur- Malaysia, KISTEP South Korea and numerous other Asia Pacific Institutions have established the “Asian Innovation Forum” since 2015. Dr. Soomro Said that for good quality higher education, innovation and economic development, the quality education especially the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education is a must, and best if the method of Inquiry Based Science Education (IBSE) is followed. He further added that ECOSF launched IBSE programme for school teachers from Kazakhstan in 2015 and in 2016 & 2017, the Foundation organized various capacity building workshops on IBSE in Islamabad-Pakistan and Isfahan-Iran to train the teachers. Prof. Soomro shared that in collaboration with HEC and other international partners ECOSF organized an International Forum on Science education at HEC Islamabad to establish the link and the need for higher education sector to nurture good quality school education.
Dr. Soomro explained that due to 4th Industrial Revolution in digital industry where the world is connected by mobile devices and so many other technical tools and even with technology, the developed/empowered nations created an inequality and massive unemployment in traditional sectors of the economy. The world is also in the grip of poverty. Some 60% of world population in the developing world still lives in poverty, he added. Fortunately the developing world is following a different development model from the developed world. Dr. Soomro quoted the example of China which has lifted her huge population out of poverty in three decades by more than satisfying the basic necessities of life they term “clothing, food, shelter and transportation” guided by their age-old precept “To get rich, build road first”. He also shared the initiative taken by China and Pakistan “One Belt One Road”.
Lastly, he appreciated the active participation of women and wished the two days summit a huge success. It is pertinent to mention that this initiative was taken by Prof. Dr. Manzoor Hussain Soomro and Mr. Abid Shirwani from IRP back in 2105.
Later, VC University of Balochistan Prof Dr. Javeid Iqbal inaugurated the summit and visited stalls where the students had showcased their creations.