SWABI - Speakers at the inaugural ceremony of ‘Industrial Open House and Career Fair’ at Ghulam Ishaq Khan Institute of Engineering Sciences and Technology said that both academia and industry should evolve a joint strategy to resolve the increasing energy crisis in the country.

The two-day fair was inaugurated by Chairman Pakistan State Oil, Sohail Wajahat Siddiqui here on Thursday. Waqar Murtaza Butt, member of Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission was guest of honour on the occasion. Dr Zafar Iqbal Qadir, chairman of National Disaster Management Authority and other distinguished officials of academia and industry also graced the occasion.

Organisers said 65 national and multinational companies are participating in the fair. The main purpose of the fair is to provide a meeting place to the students and their prospective employers. During the Industrial Open House a poster presentation session was held in which the students presented their final year projects in the form of posters and other demonstrations. The interested employers got an opportunity to evaluate the projects of the students and explore the prospects of their employment.

Mr Sohail said that energy shortfall and unemployment are two main problems in the country. “The next 10 years are extremely critical. If we failed to meet the increasing energy demand then in 2025 we would spend $ 62 billion only on the energy requirements. If we could not meet our energy needs we would confront a very worst scenario. To tackle these problems we need good manager and excellent governance.” The research projects of the students were really impressive and both innovation and ideas were remarkable, he said.

Jehangir Bashar, Rector of GIKI said that if we want genuine progress, we must develop indigenous technology and this can occur only if experts from academia and industry put their heads together to promote applied research in different fields of engineering and technology. It is the need of the hour that academia and industry have fruitful interaction, exchange notes, come to know each other better, discuss the problems faced by the country, and find out their solutions. “If the experts from the industry and academia work in isolation, each loses the opportunity to benefit from the expertise and experience of the other,” he said “They should pinpoint the problems, seek their solutions, and accelerate the pace of the process of techno-industrial transformation of the country.”

Prof Dr Fazal Ahmad Khalid, Pro-Rector (academic) said: “We have not only transferred latest technological knowledge to the students but also developed linkages between academia and industry.

The institute has completed 30 research projects, he said, adding that need-based and result oriented applied research is not possible without meaningful collaboration between the academia and the industry Prizes and certificates were awarded to the students who displayed outstanding research projects in the open house.