Meaningful and product-oriented research with an impact on the industry is the top priority of PAF-IAST. The Office of Research, Innovation and Commercialization (ORIC) at the Institute strives to bridge the gap that has existed for decades between the Pakistani Academia and Industry through close liaison and frequent interactions.
ORIC at the Institute plays a pivotal role not only in helping faculty and students to develop research proposals and get their research funded, but it also facilitates the researchers in the commercialization of their ideas and research products. This office regularly arranges meetings of faculty with the industry to help build industrial linkages of the faculty. Through these linkages, technical problems of the Industry are solved in a cost-effective and time-efficient manner that results ultimately in technology transfer. The ORIC at the Institute organizes awareness seminars related to R&D activities on the campus, inviting different industry and research organizations providing visibility to the research potentials and credentials of the Institute.
Through the business incubators and technology park at PAF-IAST, this office offers unprecedented opportunities for startups and venture capitalists to set up business enterprises on the campus. In a very short period of its existence, this office has successfully built an echo that has very recently culminated in the award of a certificate to PAF-IAST as a zone developer from the Special Technology Zone Authority (STZA) of Pakistan. Through its strategic planning, this office is set to help PAF-IAST emerge as a major player in contributing to the knowledge economy of Pakistan.
The PAF-IAST was established with the slogan of “Skilling Pakistan”. The focus here is product-based research. For this purpose, the faculty and students are motivated to conduct research which has a tangible impact on society. For this purpose, the faculty members and students are encouraged to conduct research which can be commercialized and can create a pleasant impact on society. These impacts may be in terms of jobs & business opportunities creation, a positive impact on health, food security, environment, energy etc.
To translate research work conducted at the institute to economy which lead to a pleasant impact on society.