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Technology for Sustainable Development
Description/achievement of initiative

To promote technology-led growth in Pakistan, a comprehensive R&D promotion program was devised and implemented. It achieved two objectives:1) Promoted solution-oriented research culture across Pakistan by involving 300+ universities, industries, social and governmental organizations2) Developed a locally fit technology transfer mechanism and number of solutions were transferred from universes to industry creating new business, employment and other positive effects

Implementation methodologies

The project involved operations led by a parent organization, IRP, with the support of 300+ partner organizations and 500+ volunteer networks. IRP made the technology led sustainable development program owned and shared by related individuals and organizations, and created a number of small units and centres to run various operations.

Arrangements for Capacity-Building and Technology Transfer

A dedicated business unit was created to train and build capacity, and around 10-15 training workshops are organized each year to build capacity of stakeholders on science and technology. Also, a dedicated business unit was developed to transfer technology from universities and S&T institutions to industry and new ventures. The technology managers’ team consists of science, engineering, and management graduates manage the entire process from idea to production and transfer of technology with ensured economic output.

Coordination mechanisms/governance structure

An independent organization was established and led by private industry people. All the stakeholders are invited under the umbrella of this organization. IRP emerged as common platform for all science and technology stakeholders.

Partner(s)

Institute of Research Promotion (IRP) Pakistan Scientific and Technological Information Centre (PASTIC) Pakistan Council for Science and Technology (PCST) Ministry of Science and Technology of Pakistan Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industries University of Management and Technology South Asia Triple Helix Association SRC (Pvt.) LTD
Progress reports
Goal 8
Goal 17
Annually
Training of scientists: 30+ training modules are developed and around 100+ training workshops are organized, building capacity of 3000+ R&D persons.
Annually
Around 5-10 technologies are transferred from academia to industry each year.
Annually
Innovation summit: An annual technology exhibition event is established, giving opportunity to academia and industry to buy and sell their technologies.
June 2015
Developing national policy for applied research: By involving 200+ local organizations and their representatives, policy proposals were collected through eight country-wide workshops. A final policy document was developed and is in process of implementation.
Staff / Technical expertise
Institute of Research Promotion (IRP)

Basic information
Time-frame: June 2005 - ongoing
Partners
Institute of Research Promotion (IRP) Pakistan Scientific and Technological Information Centre (PASTIC) Pakistan Council for Science and Technology (PCST) Ministry of Science and Technology of Pakistan Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industries University of Management and Technology South Asia Triple Helix Association SRC (Pvt.) LTD
Countries
Contact information
Rahmat IRP, Chief Coordinator, IRP and Generel Secrety, South Asia Triple Helix Association , rahmat@irp.edu.pk
United Nations