Innovative solutions: Govt working to promote university-industry linkage: minister

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ISLAMABAD

Federal Minister for Science and Technology Azam Swati has said that the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf government was working towards establishing an effective link between universities and industries to cope with the problems facing the country through innovative solutions.

“Technology today has permeated all spheres of daily life. An individual who is not computer literate will feel handicapped in performing even routine tasks. The advent of internet has revolutionized human life and changed the old concepts of time and space,” he said as a chief guest at the concluding ceremony of the“15th International Conference on High-capacity Optical Networks and Enabling/Emerging Technologies (HONET-ICT)” held at the National University of Science and Technology (NUST) from October 8 to October 10.

Addressing the closing session, the minister praised the NUST for organizing a conference of such high academic value.

“We know the road to economic progress passes through university labs,” he said adding, “The sole objective of the Ministry of Science and Technology is to promote applied research with a view to make it an instrument of national progress.”

NUST Rector Naweed Zaman said that organisers and participants made the HONET-ICT event a success.  He said that science and technology were not only finding solutions to the grave medical, ecological and social problems but also trying to eliminate poverty and boost countries’ economies.

“No economy can expand and prosper today without modern technology,” he said.

He highlighted the importance of a knowledge-based economy to bring success to societies adding that activities such as HONET-ICT spread modern scientific knowledge that more people can benefit from it, especially those from under-privileged economies.

The NUST School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science organised the conference in collaboration with the University of North Carolina at Charlotte (UNCC), the United States and under the technical sponsorship of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and the IEEE Communications Society.

The HONET-ICT takes place annually at prominent destinations worldwide bringing together renowned scholars and scientists from across the globe. The theme of the conference this year was “Smart Cities – Improving the quality of lives using ICT, IoT and AI.”