One of the key activities mandated to be carried out by STEDEC is the commercialization of Products, Technologies and Processes developed by R&D Organizations working under the administrative control of Ministry of Science & Technology (MoST). These activities include:
Industry-R&D interactions is a key activity undertaken by STEDEC to further the development of a sustainable eco-system. Various activities undertaken in this space are:
As a part of STEDEC’s mandate to provide indigenous solutions for issues faced in various sectors of the economy, STEDEC invited delegation from Directorate of Agriculture Water Management; comprising Mr. Muhammad Sharif, Deputy Project Director and Ms. Shamaila, Deputy Director Technical; at STEDEC head office, Lahore on 27th Dec, 2017 to discuss matters relating to groundwater artificial recharge and monitoring.
The STEDEC / PCRWR team which interacted with the visiting delegation included Mr. Attiq ur Rehman Qureshi, Deputy General Manager STEDEC; Engr. Zamir Ahmed Soomro, Regional Director PCRWR and Syed Raza Abbas Shah, Managing Director STEDEC.
The meeting deliberated on water related issues in province, noting that while 90% of water resources of the country are used for agriculture, more than 60% of the water used is wasted. According to statistics, the country has a cultivable land base of 85.81 Million Acres (MA) out of which the irrigated land base is 53.60% of total cultivable area. If the existing water resources could be optimally utilized, conserved and replenished, the large tracts of land that currently are not cultivated due to lack of availability of water could be brought under cultivation.
MD STEDEC informed that STEDEC had teamed up with a leading European technology company and MoST indigenous R&D organization, PCRWR, to develop a solution for replenishment of our fast depleting ground water resources as well as effectively monitoring the quantity as well as quality of our existing water reservoirs. Mr. Zamir Ahmed Soomro gave a detailed presentation on the artificial ground water recharge solution from Pakistan Council of Research in Water Resources (PCRWR), wherein they have designed invert wells for replenishment of groundwater. Rainwater can be harvested from roof and surface/lawns which are connected to groundwater recharge system.
Visiting delegation assured that they would take up the matter with their management for testing out the proposed solutions proposed at their locations. Later on the delegation visited ground water recharge well site at STEDEC office.
In line with its mandate to provide indigenous solutions for issues faced in various sectors of the economy, MD STEDEC Syed Raza Abbas Shah along with DGM STEDEC Mr. Attique Rehman Qureshi visited Directorate of Agriculture Engineering, Tarnab, Peshawar on 21st Dec, 2017 to appraise the organization regarding STEDEC / PCRWR developed solutions for groundwater replenishment and monitoring.
The Agriculture Engineering team which interacted with STEDEC included Engr. Mehmood Jan Babar, Director Agriculture Engineering Tarnab and Ms. Kalsoom Rehman, Assistant Agriculture Engineer, Tarnab.
MD, STEDEC explained in detail STEDEC’s role as commercialization arm of Ministry of Science and Technology. He further briefed the participants on proposed solutions for replenishment of the fast depleting ground water resources as well as necessary technology products for effectively monitoring the quantity as well as quality of our existing water reservoirs.
Director Agriculture Engineering appreciated STEDEC’s efforts and the learning opportunity provided to them. He explained his Department’s main mandate which was exploitation of ground water through sinking of agriculture tube wells. He also highlighted their recent involvement in solarization of agriculture tube well. Director and his team showed keep interest in the solutions proposed by STEDEC and showed willingness to test out the concepts at a pilot location.
It was decided that Agriculture Engineering team would visit STEDEC / PCRWR offices at Lahore to get a first hand understanding of the proposed solution before taking up the matter with the provincial decision makers for its testing in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
STEDEC has teamed up with Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS) to develop a commercialization model for an indigenous R&D product developed at PCSIR Laboratories Complex Lahore.
Under this initiative, a group of MBA final year students, under supervision of a faculty advisor, would develop a comprehensive commercialization for a PCSIR product, “Non antibiotic feed addictive for poultry”.
This initiative is expected to provide critical insight on how to commercialize R&D products/technologies in the local context. This study should hopefully provide important lessons learnt as well as some sort of a model for commercialization of products/technologies of public sector R&D organizations of Pakistan.
In order to improve commercialization of PCSIR’s laboratory equipments, STEDEC invited stakeholders located at Abqari Market, Lahore for a focus group meeting.
Entrepreneurs and dealers involved in marketing and sales of laboratory equipment for scientific, educational and industrial sectors led by General Secretary Abqari Market Association, Mr. Khalid Mehmood Rana visited STEDEC office on 27th September, 2017. Other notable members of the delegation included Mr. Saleem Uddin, and Mr. Zeeshan Mubarak. MD STEDEC, Syed Raza Abbas Shah welcomed the participants and briefed them regarding STEDEC’s mandate and efforts to act as an interface between industry and Ministry of Science and Technology R&D organizations. Delegates appreciated the opportunity provided to them by STEDEC, highlighted issues impeding commercialization of locally produced products, and deliberated on efforts required to enhance sale of locally produced laboratory equipment. Mr. Khalid Mehmood appreciated the opportunity offered to them. He briefed about the issues laboratory market and its vendors are facing as a whole. He later informed how CDLE laboratory equipment is positioned and sales can be enhanced in the local market. He urged STEDEC to arrange an increased span of efforts on higher level so that it could benefit the whole sector.
STEDEC has been extensively engaged with private sector entrepreneurs and industrial sectors of Pakistan for effectively leveraging indigenous R&D for the benefit of these sectors.
In line with these efforts, MD STEDEC met with President Haripur Chamber of Commerce & Industry on 25th September 2017 to explore linkages between MoST R&D organizations and the industries and entrepreneurs located around Haripur and Hattar.
MD STEDEC informed the President regarding STEDEC’s mandate to support local industry of Pakistan through joint efforts with MoST R&D organization.
President HCCI, Mr. Sheikh Mohammad Ilyas welcomed the efforts of STEDEC in providing such platforms where member companies could be enlightened on methods to improve and enhance their quality and productivity. He emphasized that consistent efforts would be required on both ends to achieve desired results. President HCCI further informed that major industrial clusters in the region included, Soap & Chemicals, Steel, Food & Beverages, Medicine, Ghee & Cooking Oil, and Chipboard. He offered to arrange targeted meetings of MoST R&D organizations with the different sectors in order to develop effective linkages between them.
Committee was of the unanimous view that there should be some ownership from R&D organizations in the form of funding commercialization/marketing/feasibility studies to be undertaken by STEDEC.
To effectively commercialize R&D products and technologies of MoST R&D organizations, STEDEC Board of Directors advised Ministry of Science and Technology to evaluate and prioritize promising technologies of various R&D units working under MoST so that they could then be taken up for commercialization by STEDEC.
Ministry of Science & Technology invited proposals from its R&D organizations. In order to better assess these organization’s technologies and expertise, an information collection proforma was prepared by STEDEC and circulated among them. This proforma was meant to collect data regarding how current the technology was, market need addressed by it, size and diversity of market addressed by it, whether technology was patented/patentable or not, cost to market, and whether it supported import substitution.
The list of products and technologies submitted by these organizations was evaluated by STEDEC and presented to the commercialization Committee set up for this purpose.
The first meeting of the MoST Committee was held on 23rd September, 2017 at STEDEC Head Office, Lahore, under the chairmanship of Additional Secretary MoST, Mr. Muhammad Ashraf. Other members of the Committee included Dr. Quratulain Syed, DG PCSIR Lahore; Dr Ahmad Bilal, In-charge Commercialization Cell MoST and, Syed Raza Abbas Shah, Managing Director STEDEC.
DG PCSIR Lahore and her team presented their products and technologies in this meeting, from which a shortlist of five promising products/technologies was agreed upon. It was further decided that subsequent meetings with remaining R&D organizations would be held shortly, later to which list of promising products and technologies would be submitted to STEDEC’s Board of Directors for approval., STEDEC would then undertake feasibility and market studies to commercialize these promising products and technologies.
STEDEC Technology Commercialization Corporation of Pakistan facilitates MoST R&D organizations in their commercialization activities by developing effective and productive linkages with business community and industrial sector of Pakistan.
As part of these efforts, STEDEC invited officials of Highways Research & Training Centre (HRTC) of National Highways Authority (NHA) to visit PCSIR facilities at Peshawar and Lahore in order for HRTC to assess PCSIR facilities and capabilities, and how these could benefit NHA.
HRTC delegate, led by its Executive Director, Dr Shafeeq Ahmad visited PCSIR Peshawar on 16th August 2017 and PCSIR Lahore on 17th August 2017. Other members of the delegate included Dr. Aasim Inam, Director Design HTRC and Mr. Ataullah, Material Engineer HRTC.
The delegate was welcomed at Peshawar by Engineer Irfan Ahmed Rabbani, DG PCSIR Peshawar and Syed Raza Abbas Shah, MD STEDEC. At Lahore, the delegate was welcomed by Dr. Quratulain Syed, DG PCSIR Lahore and MD STEDEC.
At both locations, the delegate was given briefings on PCSIR’s expertise and capabilities, as well as shown around the facilities. HRTC officials showed keen interest in various facilities within PCSIR and expressed a desire to enter into some institutional mechanism for cooperation between the two organizations. Facilities visited at PCSIR Peshawar included Material Sciences Centre (MSC), Engineering Science Centre (ESC) etc. In Lahore the delegation was shown around PCSIR departments, Electrical and Measurement and Test Laboratory (EMTL), Pakistan Institute Technology for Mineral Advance Engineering Material (PITMAEM), Glass and Ceramics Research Centre (GCRC), Applied Chemistry Research Centre (ACRC) and other related facilities.
Executive Director HRTC appreciated STEDEC’s efforts in coordinating the visits and hoped the visits would result in development of effective linkages between NHA and PCSIR.
An industry interaction session was held between STEDEC and Gujranwala Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GCCI) officials on 23rd May, 2017 at GCCI office. Notable participants of the meeting were Mr. Saeed Ahmed Taj, President GCCI; Mr Abdul Rauf, Senior Vice President GCCI; Mr Asfandyar, Deputy Secretary, GCCI; and Syed Raza Abbas Shah, Managing Director STEDEC.
Managing Director STEDEC briefed the participants on STEDEC’s mandate and efforts to bridge the gap between industry and Ministry of Science and Technology (MoST) R&D organizations. He informed that MoST through STEDEC and PCSIR would like to engage with key industry clusters around the Gujranwala region to enable them to incorporate indigenous R&D into their value chain and become internationally competitive.
Mr. Saeed Ahmed Taj, President GCCI applauded STEDEC and MoST’s initiative to help and support Pakistan local industries. He informed that Gujranwala was an important industrial region of the country with 32 different industrial clusters concentrated within it. He identified Metallurgy and Ceramics as the key industrial clusters for which the Chamber would like to initially solicit support from MoST R&D organizations. He suggested that a laboratory facility for metallurgy may be set up at Gujranwala, which would greatly facilitate the industry in creating better alloys for various products and industries. Other matters discussed were wastage of material in traditional rolling process (kothiali), finishing quality of the product and emission of nitric acid and other pollutant gases from the industry. Meeting ended with a vote of thanks.
Agriculture Machinery Manufacturing sector is a focus area for Ministry of Science and Technology for incorporating indigenous R&D for improving quality and productivity. In line with these directions STEDEC Technology Commercialization Corporation of Pakistan coordinated a visit of delegation of Agriculture Machinery manufacturers and member companies of Vehari Chamber of Commerce and Industry to PCSIR Laboratories Complex Lahore on 27th April, 2017.
The purpose of the visit was to familiarize the delegates with facilities at PSCIR Lahore relating to manufacturing of agriculture machinery as was requested by notable members of the Chamber earlier in the year when MD STEDEC visited the Vehari Chamber of Commerce & Industry.
The delegation was welcomed by DG PCSIR, Dr. Quratulain Syed; Engr. Muhammad Irfan, PCSIR Lahore; Engr. Rasheed Ahmed, PCSIR Lahore; Engr. Adnan Akram, PCSIR Lahore; Engr. Liaquat, PCSIR Lahore; Ms. Noreen Khan, Manager Commercialization, STEDEC and Managing Director STEDEC, Syed Raza Abbas Shah. Notable delegates from VCCI included Mr. Abdul Rauf Chaudhary, President Vehari Chamber; Mr. Khurshid Anwar Secretary General, Vehari Chamber; Mr. Sagheer Ramay; Mr. Shahid Hussain; Mr. Sharafat Ali; Mr. Mirza Kashif; Mr. Hafiz Khalil; Mr. Mirza Shahid; Mr. Mirza Bilal; Mr. Mirza Husnain; Mr. Muhammad Saleem; Mr. Adbul Sattar; Mr. Ali Raza; Mr. Sheikh Zulfiqar and Mr. Hassan Abid.
In her opening remarks DG PCSIR, Dr. Quratulain Syed warmly welcomed the guests and gave an overview of PCSIR Lahore covering departments which could support the agricultural machinery manufacturers. She further added that PCSIR is providing training in various industrial domains. President Vehari Chambers of Commerce and Industry, Mr. Abdul Rauf Chaudhary appreciated the opportunity provided to them and praised STEDEC’s efforts in materializing the visit and meeting. He urged everyone to put in a unified effort towards enhancing Pakistani economy. Syed Raza Abbas Shah, Managing Director STEDEC briefed the manufacturers that Ministry of Science and Technology’s main mandate is to help and support local industry and emphasized the importance of meeting the international standard in increasing the exports. He requested VCCI to submit indicated areas for cooperation between the Manufacturers and PCSIR after the delegated had visited and assessed the various facilities.
Later the delegate visited PCSIR’s following departments, Pakistan Institute of Technology for Mineral Advance Engineering Material (PITMAEN), Mineral Processing Research Centre (MPRC) and other related facilities. The event ended with working lunch.
In line with STEDEC’s mandate to facilitate avenue for industry-R&D linkages, MD STEDEC called on Haji Muhammad Afzal, President Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chamber of Commerce & Industry on to explore avenues for cooperation between MoST R&D organizations and the industrial sector in the region.
Haji Muhammad Afzal welcomed the initiative of STEDEC to reach out to the industry in the region. He informed that major industry concentrated in the Peshawar region included, Pharmaceuticals, Formica/Chipboard, Match, Ghee, Flour, Steel Rerolling, Polypropylene, Marble, Gems & Minerals. He further informed that there was good scope for targeting industries with energy conservation solutions. In addition, Gems, Marble and Minerals sectors presented good opportunities for value addition. He offered his good offices for facilitating detailed interactions between MoST R&D Organizations and industry for specific and targeted areas.
MD STEDEC thanked the President and the Chamber for their hospitality and encouragement in facilitating detailed interactions with the industry.
As part of an organized effort of the part of STEDEC to operationalize the directives of MoST to engage with the Agriculture Machinery Manufacturing sector, an exploratory interaction session was held with Pakistan Agriculture Machinery and Implements Manufacturers Association (PAMIMA) at Faisalabad on 20th March 2017.
Participants from the industry included, Mr. Amjad Ali Amjad, Chairman PAMIMA; Mr Ameer Hussain, representative of Seth M Tufail Foundry (Pvt) Ltd; Mr. Shahid Mahmood representative of New Crown Industries; Mr. M Afzal Tarar, General Secretary, Foundry And Engineering Industry Owners Association; Mr. Sanaullah, Office Secretary PAMIMA; and Haji Abdul Rauf, Representative Taiba Industries, Faisalabad.
MoST was represented by Mr. Rasheed Ahmad, Principal Engineer, PCSIR; Mr. Masood Rasheed, Manager Sales STEDEC and Syed Raza Abbas Shah, MD STEDEC.
Starting with STEDEC mandate and brief introduction MD STEDEC enlightened the participants on how Pakistan Association of Automotive Parts Accessories Manufacturers (PAAPAM) has excelled and made a difference in the last few years. He urged the members of PAMIMA to focus on modernization in order to compete with the international market and take initiatives on exporting their machinery.
Mr. Rasheed Ahmed, principal engineer PCSIR elaborated on the expertise, skill and facilities of PCSIR laboratories and explained the PAMIMA members how PCSIR was capable of providing comprehensive technical support to the industry.
Mr. Afzal Tarar emphasized on the importance of educating entrepreneurs to adopt modern management and manufacturing techniques. He requested MD STEDEC that a foundry service course should be initiated by PCSIR with their existing lab infrastructure at Faisalabad.
Participants highlighted the shortage of technical manpower and lack of appropriate testing facilities locally, which were hampering the growth of the industry.
Mr. Amjad Ali Amjad, Chairman PAMIMA, stressed the importance of growth and acquiring modern technologies to enable second generation entrepreneurs to grow not only to fulfil the requirements of the local industry but also to tap the international market. He advised that small progressive steps would ultimately lead towards modernization as well as improving machinery quality as per international standards. He also informed that work was underway in collaboration with the Government of Punjab in standardization of Agriculture Implements, which is a prerequisite for raising the quality of products.
It was decided at the end of the meeting that a follow-on meeting would be coordinated at the Faisalabad Chamber of Commerce and Industry in which a wider audience would be invited to participate so that maximum inputs could be obtained from the industry before a way forward was deliberated upon.
In line with directions of MoST, an exploratory meeting was held at Vehari Chamber of Commerce & industry on 17th February, 2017 with Agriculture Machinery Manufacturing companies and individuals.
Notable participants from industry included Mr. Abdul Rauf, President Vehari Chamber of Commerce & Industry; Mr. Mahmood Ahmad Shad, ex-President Vehari Chamber of Commerce & Industry; Mr. Khursheed Anwar; Secretary General Vehari Chamber; and representatives of member companies from Burewala region, Al-Madad Engineering Workshop, Ghausia Engineering, International Engineering Workshop, International Mechanical Workshop, Mecca Mechanical Engineering, and Mechanical Workshop.
MoST was represented in the meeting by Principal Engineer PCSIR, Mr. Rasheed Ahmed; Mr. Masood Rasheed, Manager Sales STEDEC; Sheikh Zulfiqar, STEDEC Distributor, and Syed Raza Abbas Shah, MD STEDEC.
President Vehari Chamber, Mr. Abdul Rauf warmly welcomed the guests. He informed that Burewala region was one of the leading areas for concentration of agriculture machinery manufacturers. He welcomed the initiative of MoST and STEDEC to reach out to the Chamber and the Agriculture Machinery Manufacturing sector in the region. During the interactive session various agriculture machinery manufacturers showed keen interest areas of skills development and capacity building in general, training on latest CNC machines, technical support for upgrading of their manufacturing facilities, and support in acquiring certification in order to gain access to international markets. Furthermore they showed great interest in fruit and vegetable preservation technologies. They emphasized PCSIR to provide its support so that the industry as whole could further excel. A key demand from the industry was establishment of a vocational training facility in Burewala, which would support the industry by providing trained manpower to this growing sector.
MD STEDEC, Syed Raza Abbas Shah gave an overview of STEDEC and highlighted its mandate on commercialization technologies of R&D organizations of Ministry of Science and Technology (MoST). Engineer Rasheed Ahmed briefed the participants regarding the technologies, products, processes and capabilities of PCSIR, and requested the participants to explore avenues as to how PCSIR can facilitate agriculture machinery manufacturers.
It was decided at the end of the meeting that a visit would be arranged for the participants to PCSIR Laboratories Complex Lahore so that companies can familiarize themselves firsthand about the indigenous research, facilities and capabilities within PCSIR and how this could be productively deployed to the benefit of the industry.
The Ministry of Science and Technology (MoST) has identified Automotive Parts and Agriculture Machinery Manufacturing as key sectors for support from MoST R&D organizations.
In line with these directions, STEDEC Technology Commercialization Corporation of Pakistan initiated an exploratory session with Pakistan Association of Automotive Parts Accessories Manufacturers (PAAPAM) at their head office Lahore on 11th January 2017.
PAAPAM members who participated in the meeting were Mr. Saeed iqbal Khan, senior vice chairman PAAPAM; Mr. Mumshad Ali, former Chairman PAAPAM; Mr. Rehan Riaz, Management Committee member; and Mr. Iftikhar Ahmad, Management Committee member. MoST was represented in the meeting by Dr. Sakhawat Ali, Director General PCSIR Lahore; Engr. Muhammad Irfan, PCSIR Lahore; Engr Liaqat Hussain, PCSIR Lahore; Ms. Noreen Khan, Manager Commercialization STEDEC and Syed Raza Abbas Shah, Managing Director STEDEC.
PAAPAM informed that the Automotive Parts industry has made great strides and is now providing the foreign car manufactures in Pakistan with majority of the parts according to international standards. The industry is providing more than 70% of body parts to the car industry and more than 90% to the motorcycle and tractor manufacturers. The industry has more than 3,000 vendors out of which approximately 700 are tier one manufactures of automotive parts. The industry is employing more than 500,000 people directly and is now amongst the top ten contributors to government tax revenues. They further informed that the industry is now incorporating more and more technology and making efforts to become export oriented. Participants from PAAPAM indicated their requirements in certification, testing facilities and acquisition of trained manpower to further the growth of the industry and tapping the export market.
Dr Sakhawat briefed the notable members about facilities and capabilities within PCSIR, which can be used to support PAAPAM member companies in areas of coating technology, testing facilities and technical trained manpower for serving the automotive sector. MD STEDEC, Syed Raza Abbas Shah, assured MoST’s support in assisting PAAPAM in becoming an internationally competitive industry, and proposed joint PAAPAM-PCSIR R&D towards achieving the objectives in this sector.
It was mutually decided that STEDEC will arrange a visit for PAAPAM members to PCSIR Laboratories Complex Lahore so that members can familiarize themselves firsthand about the indigenous research, facilities and capabilities within PCSIR and how this could be productively deployed to the benefit of the automotive parts industry.
The Faisalabad Chamber of Commerce & Industry (FCCI) arranged an Industry Interaction Session for Ministry of Science and Technology (MoST) R&D organizations with its member companies on 29th Nov 2016. In the meeting, National Institute of Electronics (NIE), Pakistan Council of Renewable Energy Technologies (PCRET), and Pakistan Council of Research in Water Resources (PCRWR) enlightened the members with an overview of their capabilities and expertise, and solicited need based proposals from the industry.
Senior officials of the Chamber including Senior Vice President FCCI Rana Sikandar Azam and Vice President FCCI Engineer Ahmed Hassan coordinated the meeting. Managing Director STEDEC Syed Raza Abbas Shah highlighted that STEDEC views linkages of MoST R&D organizations with various chambers that have direct interaction with the industrialists as important as these guide R&D organizations towards market driven research which could then lead to successful commercialized. Director General NIE Brigadier (Retired) Basharat Mahmood also stressed the importance of close liaison between academia, industry and R&D organizations and informed that NIE has developed six layered circuit board which could be used in developing latest and hi-tech electronic goods. He further added that local manufactured solar panels, where PCRET can advise as well as provide, are of better quality and more economical than the imported ones. Regional Director PCRWR, Mr. Zamir Soomro, said that they are ready to facilitate industries based in Faisalabad in better management of their water resources.
STEDEC Technology Commercialization Corporation of Pakistan participated in the second Invention to Innovation Summit, managed by Institute of Research Promotion (IRP), University of Management & Technology (UMT) and hosted by Office of Research Innovation & Commercialization (ORIC), UET Peshawar on November 16 and 17, 2016. Objective of the Summit was to link the three main stakeholders of innovation i.e. academia, industry and public sector.
The Summit included presentations of feasible technologies, academic & industrial innovative product models’ exhibition, school and university students’ innovative idea displays, various research commercialization workshops and business plan contest. The event is meant to generate new contacts as well as opportunities for technology license and agreement between academia and industry. It is an interesting avenue for growing collaboration between R&D stakeholders, an opportunity to buy and sell technologies, and devise appropriate policies for furthering innovation in the country.
A total of 33 organizations were the major exhibitors. STEDEC exhibited technologies of National Institute of Electronics (NIE), an R&D organization of MoST, providing it opportunities to network and interact with potential commercial partners, promote their technologies and link ideas with the stakeholders.
STEDEC Technology Commercialization Corporation of Pakistan with Centre of Excellence in Water Resources Engineering, University of Engineering & Technology Lahore arranged a workshop on Water Resources Management at Chemical Hall UET Lahore. Renowned experts from all over Pakistan participated in this prestigious. Concluding session of the workshop was addressed by honorable Federal Minister for Science and Technology, Mr. Rana Tanveer Hussain.
In his welcome address Vice Chancellor UET Lahore Prof Dr. Fazal Ahmed Khalid said that water related issues can be resolved through mutual consensuses and comprehensive strategies. While defining the role of academia in this regard he added that universities not only produce human resources but also deliver in research and commercialization to resolve the issues on scientific ground.
Mr. Rana Tanveer Hussain, Federal Minister for Science and Technology stated that water scarcity constitutes one of the biggest challenges to Pakistan. The country needs to seriously address how to provide adequate water to agriculture, industry and human consumption in the face of the rapidly dwindling reserves.
He urged that more of such initiatives should be taken to bring water sector stakeholders together on one platform for capability assessment of each other’s organizations, and to identify areas of cooperation and collaboration of efforts.
The chief guest Federal Minister of science and technology Rana Tanveer applauded the efforts of the contributors and stakeholders. He assured that all workable recommendation from the stakeholders will be supported by the Ministry of Science and Technology with all its available resources.
STEDEC Technology Commercialization Cooperation of Pakistan in collaboration with Regional Agricultural Economic Development Centre (RAEDC) organized a seminar on “New Technologies and Techniques in Agriculture Sector” at Regional Agricultural Economic Development Centre (RAEDC) hall, Vehari. Seminar was attended by representatives from STEDEC, RAEDC, PCRWR and PCRET. Dr Ghulam Abbas, Director RAEDC; Ch. Mustaq Ali, EDO Agriculture; District Officer, Irrigation Department; Dy. District Officer, Extensions; Mr. Maqbool Shah, Asst. Director PW & QC; Mr. Zulfiqar Ali, Haq Sons Burewala; Mr. Hafeezur Rehman, PECRET; Mr Atiq-ur-Rehman Quresh, DGM North STEDEC; Mr Zameer Ahmad Soomro, Regional Director PCRWR; and Syed Raza Abbas, Managing Director STEDEC were the notable members who participated. Apart from them progressive farmers of Vehari, adjacent area field officers and important dealers of agricultural products were also present at the seminar.
Speakers’ emphasized on raising awareness of farmers and other stakeholders along with a need to build trust level with indigenous R &D institutions. Regional Director PCRWR discussed in detail new techniques regarding sowing of wheat and paddy crops which could yield substantial saving of water. Representative from PCRET briefly delineated on installation and advantages of solar tube wells.
PCRWR products, Water Filtration system and Soil tensiometer were demonstrated, which were highly appreciated by the participants. Soil tensiometers were subsequently installed within RAEDC premises for demonstration purpose so that efficiency of these can be observed first hand.
An exploratory meeting held at Faisalabad Chamber of Commerce & Industry on 2nd August 2016 with chamber President Ch. M. Nawaz and other officials. Syed Raza Abbas Shah, Managing Director, STEDEC gave an overview of his company and highlighted its mandate on commercializing technologies of R&D organizations of Ministry of Science and Technology (MoST). He briefed the President and members regarding the technologies, products, processes and capabilities of MoST R&D organizations. He requested the Chamber to explore avenues as to how these organizations can facilitate the industry.
It was decided that the Chamber would schedule an Industry Interactive Session in the near future in which it would invite MoST R&D organizations to brief the Chamber’s members about their capabilities, products, and technologies which could benefit the industry.
Syed Raza Abbas Shah, Managing Director, STEDEC Technology visited Sialkot Chamber of Commerce & Industry on 27th July 2016. He briefed about STEDEC mandate to assist public sector organizations like Pakistan Council for Renewable Energy Technologies (PCRET), National Institute of Electronics (NIE) and Pakistan Council for Research in Water Resources (PCRWR) in developing market driven research programs and commercialization of their indigenously researched products, processes and technologies. He interacted with Mr. Ahtasham Mazhar, Vice President of the Chamber, and requested to collectively explore way forward as to how these public sector organizations may assist the industry with their R&D services and knowledge.
Mr. Ahtasham Mazhar agreed to schedule Industry Interaction Session in the near future so that members may be briefed firsthand about the indigenous research being conducted within the MoST R&D organizations and how this could be productively deployed to this benefit of the local industry.
An industry interaction session on renewable energy sector was held at Pakistan Council of Resource Energy Technologies (PCRET) Islamabad on 23rd June 2016. Notable members of organizations like STEDEC, PCRET, PCRWR, NUST and REAP participated. Main purpose of the meeting was to bring the main stakeholders of the sector together to brainstorm and deliberate upon how the Ministry of Science and Technology (MoST) R&D organizations could leverage to facilitate the renewable energy sector.
Participants of the R&D organizations briefed about their organization’s role and mandate. They gave overview of their products and technologies in pipeline.
It was decided in the meeting that for a detail review of capabilities, facilities and equipments available within the Ministry of Science and Technology (MoST) R&D organizations, all the above listed R&D organizations would be visited by STEDEC and REAP team. Subsequently a report on effective utilization of facilities, technologies and products of the R&D organizations would be prepared.
An Industry Interaction Session held with representatives of Sheikhupura Chamber of Commerce and Industry at STEDEC house Lahore on 20th June 2016. Members from Pakistan Council for Research in Water Resources (PCRWR), Pakistan Council for Renewable Energy Technologies (PCRET) and Shiekhupura Chamber of Commerce and Industry participated. Representatives of the R&D organization give overview about their respective organization, covering their role, mandate, products and technologies in pipeline water quality labs were highlighted. DG PCRWR suggested that PCRWR has approximately 24 facilities around the country which could be used to facilitate the collection storage and delivery of samples between industry and PCSIR.
Mr. Ashfaq Ahmed, Director General PCRWR briefed about his organization’s research and infrastructure, work related to water logging and groundwater mapping, key achievements, and a few commercialized activities. Major infrastructure and capabilities discussed included Geographic Information System and Geo Hydrological lab, Tile Drainage capabilities, Solar Powered Drip system, Farmers Advisory irrigation services through SMS. Also the achievements in rainwater harvesting capabilities, satellite based groundwater monitoring, and water quality labs were highlighted. DG PCRWR suggested that PCRWR has approximately 24 facilities around the country which could be used to facilitate the collection storage and delivery of samples between industry and PCSIR.
Mr. Afzal Kamboh, Deputy Director PCRET briefed about his organization’s services and need based R&D products in the field of Photovoltaics (PV), solar thermal products, Micro-hydro power plant, Biogas plant, and Solar Cookers. He further informed that PCRET laboratories could be effectively used to optimize manufacturing parameter and standardize testing facilities. Apart from that the second generation solar cell, i.e. the Cadmium Telluride (CdTe) technology is most appropriate for the environment, performs 5-7% higher than the silicon based solar cells and is cost effective at high temperature.
Group head/former president Mr. Mansoor-ul-Haq urged the R&D organizations to inform people about their available expertise including research laboratories which if productively utilized, could even reduce imports. In this regard he offered to host an industry interaction session at the Chamber office in which member companies would be invited. R&D organization may brief the member companies about their skills, expertise, products and technologies.
STEDEC Technology Commercialization Corporation of Pakistan coordinated an Industry Interaction session on agriculture sector at STEDEC House Lahore on 20th June 2016. Notable members of organizations like STEDEC, Pakistan Council for Renewable Energy Technologies (PCRET), Pakistan Council for Research in Water Resources (PCRWR), UET Lahore, and PMAS – Arid Agriculture University, Rawalpindi participated.
The session was held to discuss ways in which the resources available within the public sector R&D organizations and universities could be leveraged and coordinated to overcome duplication which in turn will effectively facilitate agriculture sector of the country, thus furthering economic development of the country.
Participants of the R&D organizations briefed about their organizations, role and mandate, and also gave overview of their products and technologies in pipeline. It was mutually decided that assessment will be made on the capabilities of the universities and R&D organizations by visiting their premises. Subsequently a MoU would be deliberated upon to establish a basis for corporation between various stakeholders to support the agriculture sector on a long term, sustained and continued basis.