Islamabad, 12th Dec. 2017: Federal Minister for Education and Professional Training, Engr. Muhammad Baligh Ur Rehman on Tuesday stressed to be the part of Innovation drive as a nation and termed it a key to economic growth and obligatory for achieving a respectable position among the comity of nations.
He expressed these views while speaking as a Chief Guest at a signing ceremony of Institutional agreements between Intellectual Property Organization (IPO-Pakistan), Higher Education Commission (HEC) and 23 Universities for establishment of Technology and Innovation Support Centers (TISC) Network in the country. The event was attended by Mr. Muhammad Irfan Tarar, Director General, IPO-Pakistan and Vice Chancellors of 23 universities across the country.
While addressing the signing ceremony, the minister said, “It is not simply enough to recognize the significance of innovation for economic growth. It is also important to understand how innovation happens, strengthens and is driven”.
According to Global Innovation Index-2017, Pakistan rank is 113 out 127 countries, and it is encouraging to see that Pakistan moved 6 notch up from last yearranking. “A lot needs to be done to provide enabling environment for nurturing and sustaining innovation in the country. Industry, Academia and R&D institutes which are major pillars of national innovation system needs to be interconnected”, she added.
Stressing upon the need of innovation in the country, Mr. Baligh Ur Rehman said that it is IP system which acknowledges the efforts of innovators, meanwhile the limited monopoly rights enable them to recoup their investment.
Highlighting the role of ‘patents’, the minister said “Intellectual Property, especially ‘patents’ play an essential role at different stages of technology transfer from research to innovation. Strong IP protection system and accessible research resources will be instrumental in the growth of innovation in the country”.
He said that the present government gave attention to the tertiary level education and enhanced the budget in the regard from Rs 40 billion to Rs 100 billion. He was of the view that there is a great potential in Pakistani youth who is almost half of our population.
The minister appreciated the role of IPO-Pakistan and Higher Education Commission for setting up TISCs in the prominent institutes that would help promoting use of patent information among students, researchers, entrepreneurs and policy makers.
Addressing the ceremony, Mr. Irfan Tarar, Director General, IPO-Pakistan said that the prime objective of TISC network is to promote use of high quality technological information among researchers, entrepreneurs, IP managers, attorneys, government officials and policy makers by making patent as well as other scientific literature databases accessible to them.
“These centers will also act as one stop shop for other Intellectual Property related services at Host Institutes. The initiative would go a long way to nurture innovation and strengthen technological development in the Country”, DG IPO said.
Vice Chancellors and heads of 27 universities/academic institutions signed agreements for establishment of TISC centers in their respective educational institutions.