GIFT Office of Research, Innovation and Commercialization (ORIC) has been created to accomplish the following objectives:
ORIC has been developed to facilitate the faculty to achieve their R&D endeavors by providing them an enabling environment. One of the main challenges is to develop industrial linkages and provide them the relevant support. Gujranwala division is a region of entrepreneurs with lots of small and medium size industries contributing towards national economy. However, most of these industries are working in silos with hardly any collaboration with academia. With such a large potential available and doing things indigenously may be good enough to stay as a small or medium size industry. To grow into a large size and make its impact at the international level, it might require some basic changes in their infrastructure, management and quality output. To change this, an R&D infrastructure of the university can be used, which would help both the industry and the university to grow. ORIC would be looking forward to provide this support and create win-win situation.
With entrepreneurship already in the roots of this region, the office will further help develop and polish these skills through its Business Incubation Center (BIC). It will not just provide the seed funding but also the platform, environment and human expertise to train the students to help develop their ideas into business opportunities.
The center seeks to provide the following level of support:
Dr. Qaiser Durrani is a Professor, former Dean (SEAS) and Rector of GIFT University. He also heads University Research Counsel as well as its Curriculum Committee. He is currently a member of different academic bodies and selection boards of various Universities in Pakistan. Dr. Durrani has published his research work at various journals and conferences. His area of research is in Human Computer Interaction and Software Engineering. He has worked as Principal Investigator on a number of projects which were funded by organizations like ICT R&D fund, FAST-NU, and IT Industry. Dr. Durrani has a rich teaching, management as well as software development experience from places like FAST-NU, CresSoft, George Washington University, and Inter-American Development Bank.
Dr. Ziad Nayyer is Dean, School of Engineering & Applied Sciences (SEAS). Currently he is serving as Assistant Professor in the Department of Computer Science, GIFT University. He holds PhD degree in Computer Science from COMSATS University. His general area of interest is Computer Networks and particular research work has been is in Cloud Computing. He has a number of impact factor publications at prestigious international journals and has also contributed in writing book chapters. During his academic carrier, he supervised various projects, Thesis and workshops. Dr. Ziad has a rich hands-on experience in developing and managing labs and servers at the University level. During his academic administrative carrier that spanned over 3 years as Head of Computer Science Department, Director Industrial Linkages and Dean, he worked on various strategic, planning, and policy documents and also worked closely with HEC, NCEAC and PEC.
Dr. Umer Mukhtar is an Assistant Professor at GIFT Business School. He earned his Ph.D. in Management with a focus on Supply Chain Management and Marketing from University of Management and Technology, Pakistan. He also holds specialization degree in Quality Management. Dr. Umer has been an active researcher with years of experience in training, entrepreneurial, and corporate consultancy. He has conducted trainings in the areas of Supply Chain Management and Marketing with the aim of improving business performances, development and growth. He has been providing consultancies in the areas of SCM and Marketing to national and multinational companies such as Naubahar Bottling (Pepsi), Master Tiles, Careem, Minhas Pipes, Sonex, and Telenor Pakistan. His experience also includes serving textile companies of Faisalabad and Lahore.
Zeeshan Rasheed is a Lecturer and former Program Coordinator in Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, GIFT University. He is currently a member of various social organizations and forums in Pakistan. Zeeshan has taken initiatives for establishing online cross border conversation with different educational institutions in neighboring countries. His area of research is historical and cultural development of ethnic groups. Zeeshan has a vast experience of exploration as a tourist and travelogue writer. He has been a part of management in a public private venture of a national university for about 5 years. He has both teaching and management experience and is also a writer of various books. Being a professional lawyer, he practiced in criminal, family and labor laws, and also worked as a Special Public Prosecutor.