islamabad - The developed world achieved phenomenal economic growth by promoting academia-industry linkages, therefore, private sector and universities should join hands to promote this model in the country, Sheikh Amir Waheed, president of Islamabad Chamber of Commerce and Industry said addressing students of NUST who visited the chamber led by Dr Sofia Baig and Nida Maqbool, assistant professors at the university.

The ICCI president advised the students to focus applied research, which, he said, is badly needed to resolve key issues of the industry. He also stressed upon the universities to give the students more opportunities of academic research that could be applied effectively to resolve real-world problems.

Sheikh said that thousands of youngsters were entering job market every year but our public and private sectors had not the capacity to absorb them. He said that to cope with the issue of rising unemployment, universities should focus on creating entrepreneurial culture among their students that would enable them to become job creators instead of job seekers. Muhammad Naveed, senior vice president of the ICCI, provided many tips to the students on how to start new business ventures and become successful entrepreneurs. He said that hard work, honesty, dedication and commitment were golden principles that ensured success in every profession. He lauded the initiative of NUST for providing students an opportunity to interact with businessmen and learn from their experience to improve their career prospects and emerge as future business leaders.

On the occasion, a detailed presentation was given to the students about the role and functioning of the ICCI and how it was promoting the interests of business community.