OUR STAFF REPORTER LAHORE - The Government College University Chemistry Department on Monday signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Technology Exchange and Coordination Limited to set up Students Placement Centre at the Sundar Industrial Estate for placement of its talented students in reputed industries for their projects and career development. GCU Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Ikramul Haq and TEC Chief Executive Officer Siddiqur-Rehman Rana signed the accord at the GCU Syndicate Committee Room. Dean of Social Sciences Dr Khalid Perviaz and State Bank of Pakistan former chief manager Mr Munir Ahmed were also present. The GCU in collaboration with TEC would also establish Industry Resource Centre (IRC) for facilitation in establishing new industry in Punjab. The Centre would work as incubator for new projects and also provide turnkey solutions for production lines. The scientists from GCU Chemistry would provide all technical expertise in this regard, especially in the domain of chemical testing and analysis services, development of analytical protocols, method of process validation and development of documentation structures. Speaking on the occasion, Prof Dr Ikramul Haq said the industry needed to shift their reliance from their dependence on the West to indigenous research outcomes. They need to encourage research generated by the Pakistan academia so that strong knowledge-base could be established and broadened locally, he said. He deplored that a serious trust-deficit existed among the investors vis--vis Pakistani research. He said the investors needed to acknowledge that the quality of our research had soared very high in the last decade. The vice chancellor said the future of the country lies in the hands of bright and productive scientists. He further added that GCU is laying a particular stress on interdisciplinary research. He said that its time to dissolve the boundaries of academic departments within academic institutions and increase cooperation between various disciplines to cultivate an environment for research. The VC expressed his confidence in the original research and troubleshooting capabilities of faculty at GC University where new processes and working solutions are being developed for the local industry.