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Office of Research



Office of Research,
Innovation and


  • Office of Research Innovation and Commercialization, University of Sialkot (ORIC-USKT) is located in a highly industrialized and innovative region called “Golden Triangle”. The famous industrial cities include Sialkot, Gujranwala, Gujrat and other small industrial cities. The golden triangle contributes more than 04 billion PKR (around 20%) in Pakistan exports. The region is also well connected with international market and has its own airport and dry-port.
  • ORIC USKT envisions to emerge as an innovation hub for the region. ORIC USKT aims to connect its faculty and students with existing industries, facilitate new venture creation by faculty and students and commercialize USKT potential research. ORIC USKT will be a central place to connect academia and R&D institutions with industry and Government for technology exchange. ORIC USKT will increase efficiency in the processes of existing business, enhance social mobilization and development, connect society with state and contribute to increase export and improved quality life.

The Message of Director ORIC

ORIC USKT is strategically located in the golden triangle consists of large number of industries. We will develop our capacity to connect USKT research outputs with the needs of industries and society located in the golden triangle. We have already prioritized our areas of research according SDGs. We have selected three SDGs to initially work on and contribute. One SDG is related to industrial efficiency and productivity improvement. Other two are related to the environment and social uplift of community.
To promote research, innovation, entrepreneurship and commercialization We invite industries and communities to consider ORIC USKT as central point for their development and productivity improvement. We can house various development projects and become your venue for interaction and exchange.
ORIC USKT is fully committed to contribute in the development of the region and look forward for collaboration of stakeholders.

Director Research, Innovation & Commercialization
PROF. DR. Rahmat Ullah

Director's Profile

Mr. Rahmat started his career in his family business and initiated many small ventures in wood works, rent-a-material and trading. Mr. Rahmat serves Institute of Research Promotion, South Asia Triple Helix Association and ORIC, University of Sialkot at the leading positions. He also serves SIG on Innovation Systems and Models at International Triple Helix Association. He is regular author on technology and innovation, entrepreneurship and S&T policy. He has developed many S&T ventures to promote science and technology commercialization.

Mr. Rahmat is a research scholar in management with specialized focus on innovation and technology development. Mr. Rahmat moved into management profession by setting up own enterprise, managing marketing and doing sales for national firms. After management and business administration education, he joined research organization-IRP to promote R&D culture in Pakistan. Mr. Rahmat has published in academic journals and presented many papers in national and international conferences. He has diversified experience of providing trainings, managing survey projects, developing online portals, initiating academic publishing and executing funded projects of development nature.

He has the credit of introducing numbers of research software in Pakistan, developing many training modules of research methods and training research scholars in Pakistan and abroad. He is also the focal person for university- industry linkages where he successfully launched a collaborative R&D promotion program with state-run R&D organizations, chambers of commerce and industries, business associations and industrial groups all over the Pakistan. He has managed development of number of technologies and initiated many industries-driven projects in the universities of Pakistan.

Mr. Rahmat is listed NIVOV trainer and doing training for last five years. He is a regular trainer in research methods and consultant for innovation and technology development for academia, industry and R&D organizations.

Role of ORIC

  • Supporting the strategic research directions and policies of universities
  • Improving integration of research and education at all levels of the institution
  • Increasing and diversifying external research funding
  • Improve recruitment and retention of the top faculty Translating research for the public's benefit
  • Improving and strengthening university-industry relationships
  • Promoting entrepreneurship, technology-transfer and commercialization activities which improve and support the economy
  • Promoting and improve multi-disciplinary research initiatives

  • Development of Incubation Center

    ORIC has remained in touch with each individual and trying to solve his / her problems regarding research activities, lab instruments, chemicals, other aids, interdisciplinary collaboration, business plan and entrepreneurial activities, collaborations with others business plan and entrepreneurship activities.

Vision and Objective


The office's vision is to enhance competitiveness of golden triangle through collaborative academic inputs.


  • By involving faculty and students to improve existing businesses and create new ventures.

  • By promoting culture of triple helix working in the region.

  • By connecting region with national and international innovation expertise and potential.


  • To promote research, entrepreneurship and social service in USKT
  • To commercial USKT research and technologies
  • To connect R&D stakeholder of the region for collaborative interventions
  • To serve for increased industrialization and export of golden triangle


Executive Director USKT
Director ORIC
PROF DR Rahmat Ullah
Chairman Industrial Advisory Board
Prof. Dr. Aslam Dar
Deputy Director ORIC
Rukhshanda Saleem
Assistant Manager ORIC
Rehana John


Sr.No Date Events
1 24/12/2019 Sialkot Entrepreneurship Conference by Grow Pakistan
2 07/12/2019 Challenges and opportunities for female entrepreneurs in Pakistan
3 24/07/2019 10th International Conference on Applied Human Factors and Ergonomics
4 23/04/2019 8th Invention to Innovation Summit (buy and sell Technology)
5 14/03/2019 Entrepreneurship as a viable career option by SMEDA
6 20/02/2019 Book Fair
7 31/01/2019 Training session on SPSS and AMOS
8 14/01/2019 Intellectual Discussion on Kashmir Issue
9 27/12/2018 Quaid-e-Azam Day
10 13/12/2018 Human Rights Day
11 04/12/2018 A talk by Mayor,s of Sialkot on CSR and sustainability communities
12 21/10/2018 Iqbal day Seminar
13 14/10/2018 International peace conference

Research Projects





Under Construction

Travel Grants

Memorandum signed by university of Sialkot

For the purpose of research alliances University of Sialkot ties with different national and international institutes / universities. The description for these collaborations or memorandum are given as follows:

LIST of Memorandum of understanding (MoU)
Sr.No Date Memorandum of understanding (B/T)
1 14-Oct-18 University of Sialkot(USKT) & Punjab Emergency Services Rescue 1122,District.Sialkot
2 Jan-28-2019 University of Sialkot(USKT) & M/S Corvit Systems, Lahore
3 Jan-29-2019 University of Sialkot(USKT) & Austlink Consultants Trading as Study in Australia
4 Feb-01-2019 University of Sialkot(USKT) & Institute of Financial Accountant, IFA-UK
5 Feb-01-2019 University of Sialkot(USKT) & LEXICON School of Business and Finance(LSBF)
6 Feb-14-2019 University of Sialkot(USKT) & Taleem Foundation
7 March-8-2019 University of Sialkot(USKT) & Central Jail, Gujranwala
8 March-28-2019 University of Sialkot(USKT) & TUSDEC (Technology up Gradation and Skill Development Company), Ministry of Industries and Production, Government of Pakistan
9 April -17-2019 University of Sialkot & Anwar Khawaja Industries Pvt. Ltd
10 May-21-2019 University of Sialkot & Higher Education Advising Services 7C/75, Sector B – Askari XI, Lahore, Pakistan
11 May-22-2019 University of Sialkot & DIVINE (Sialkot)
12 june-12-2019 University of Sialkot & ICT4E(SMC pvt . Limited )
13 June-12-2019 School Of Fashion And Design University of Sialkot & FOLKRUNG (A Product of ICT4E (SMC-PVT) Limited)

USKT Publications

Faculty of Natural Sciences

Sr# Author Title Journal Year Ref#
1 Afia Muhammad Akram, Humera Kausar, Asma Chaudhary, Ahmad Mukhtar Khalid, Muhammad Mudassar Shahzad, Muhammad Waheed Akhter, Muhammad Farooq Sabar ,Nadia Sajid, Nawaf AI Anazi, Aamir Aleem, Zafar Iqbal Detection of Exon 12 and 14 Mutation in Janus Kinase 2 Gene Including a Novel Mutant in V617F Negative Polycythemia Vera Patients from Pakistan Journal of Cancer 2018 Vol.9(23):4341-4345. doi: 10.7150/jca.27414
2 Afia Muhammad Akram, Tanveer Akhtar , Asma Chaudhary, Ahmad Mukhtar Khalid, Muhammad Mudassar Shahzad, Muhammad Farooq Sabar ,Nadia Sajid, , Zafar Iqbal BCR-ABL Kinase Domain Mutations Exit in few imatinib Treated Chronic Myeloid Leukemia (CML) Patients Exhibiting Stable Cytogenetic and Hematologic Responses Blood 2018 132:5427 2018 doi:http://doi..org/ 10.1182/blood 99-111757
3 Muhammad Javed Iqbal, Sikander Ali , Umer Rashid, Muhammd Kamran, Muhammd Faheem Malik, Kalsoom Sughra, Nadia Zeeshan, Amber Afroz,Javaria Saleem and Mariam Saghir Biosynthesis of silver nanoparticles from leave extract of Litchi chinensis and its dynamic Biological impact on microbial cell and human cancer cell lines Cellular and Molecular Biology 2018 E-ISSN:1165-158x/P-ISSN:0145-5680
4 Muhammad Javed Iqbal, Muhammad Wasim ,Umer Rashid, Nadia Zeeshan, Rizwan Ali , Sahrish Habib, Sawera Nayyab, Bushra Manzoor, Nouman Zahid Mutational screening of GABRG2 gene in Pakistan population of Punjab with Generalized tonic clonic seizures and Children with childhood absence epilepsy Journal of the Chinese Medical Association 2018 81(2018)665-669
5 Hajra Ashraf, Bisma Meer, Romasa Nz, Aarooj Saeed, Haleema Sadia , Usmara Sajid ,Kanwal Nisar ,Zunaira Aslam , Pervez Anwar 3D- Bio printing :A stepping stone towards enhanced medical approaches Advancements in Life Sciences- International Quarterly Journal Biological Sciences 2018 ISSN 2310-5380/Aug 2018
6 Haasan Waseem ,Sana Jameel, Jafar Ali, Hamza Saleem Ur Rehman , Isfahan Tauseef , Uzma Farooq, Asif Jamal and Muhammad Ishtiaq Ali Contributions and challenges of high throughput qPCR for determining Antimicrobial resistance in the environment :A Critical Review Journal of Molecules 2019 2019,24,163; doi:10.3390/molecules 24010163
7 Tabeer Fatima, Sadaf Rani, Stefan Fischer, Thomas Efferth, Farooq Ahmad Kiani The hydrolysis of 6-phosphoguconolactone in the second step of pentose phosphate pathway occurs via a two water mechanism Biophysical Chemistry 2018 240(2018) 98-106
8 Sehrish Sadia , Akash Tariq , Shabnum Shaheen, Khafsa Malik, Farah Khan, Mushtaq Ahmad , Huma Qureshi, Brian Gagosh Nayyar Ethno pharmacological profile of anti-arthritic plants of Asia-a systematic review. Journal of Herbal Medicine 2018 xxx(2018)xxx-xxx2210-8033
9 Anam Javed ,Ayesha Kabeer Implication of Flora For Skin wound healing and regeneration from Pakistan. International journal of Currant research 2018 Vol.10,issue, 05,pp.69383-69388,may,2018

Faculty of Fashion & Design

Sr# Author Title Journal Year Ref#
DEPARTMENTS Of Textile And Fashion Deign
1 Muhammad Faisal Waheed, Ahmad Mukhtar Khalid Impact of Emerging Technologies for sustainable Fashion, Textile and Design IHSI 2019 Springer Conference Book: Springer IHSI Boo 2019 (2019, VIII, 903 p.) DOI: 10.1007/978-3-030-11051-2 , ISBN: 978-3-030-11051-2

Faculty of Business & Administration Science

Sr# Author Title Journal Year Ref#
1 Ali Hassan,.Muhhmad Ramzan Mehar , Sana Arshad,Nimra Sohail , Muhammad Atif Sheikh .Mariam Naeem ,Madiha Khalid Exploring Effect of Challenge- Hindrance Stress Model on Employee Engagement Merit Research Journal of education and Review 2018 (ISSN:2350-2282) Vol.6(6)pp.092-100-,june,2018
2 Muhammad Ramzan Mehar, Ali Hassa , Muhammad Atif Sheikh,Baber Adeeb Total Natural Research Rent Relation with economic growth: The Case of Pakistan Merit research journal of Education and review 2018 Vol 6(7)pp.101-108,july,218
3 Iram Rehmat Investigating the impact workplace stressors on turnover intentions Orient Research journal of Social Science 2018 , Vol3, No. 1[59-74]
4 Saira Bano Determination affecting Economic performance of Banking sector of Pakistan Global Scientific journal 2018 GSJ:vol 6, issue 8,Aug
5 Muhammad Ramzan Mehar Impact of trade openness and Macroeconomic variables on GDP growth Research journal of Commerce, Economics and Social science 2013 ISSN1996-2800,2013
6 Ali Hassan , Muhammad Atif Sheikh The factors affecting portfolio investment International journal Family business and Management 2018 Doi:10.4172/2167-0234-1000343
7 Muhammad Ramzan Mehar Impact of trade openness and Macroeconomic variables on GDP growth Research journal of Commerce, Economics and Social science 2018 ISSN1996-2800,2013
8 Muhammad Ramzan Mehar ,Mariam Naeem, Sana Arshad , Marim Nazee Analysis of the Capital structure and bank performance: Evidence from Pakistan. Journal of Business & Financial affaires 2018 xxx(2018)xxx-xxx2210-8033
9 Muhammad Ramzan Mehar ,Mariam Naeem, Sana Arshad , Marim Nazee Relationship of economic and financial variable with behavior of stock prices. Journal of Business &Finance Management Research 2018 Vol 4(5) pp.38-47 ,sep 2018

Funding Agencies


Mr. Rahmat Ullah
Office of Research, Innovation and Commercialisation
Email: director@oric.uskt.edu.pk , oric@uskt.edu.pk
Mobile No. +923107771456

Business Incubating Center

The HEC supports the establishment of Business Incubation Centre's (BIC) in public sector universities to provide basic infrastructure and allied facilities for researchers and young entrepreneurs who are interested in developing early-stage business ventures. A business incubator's main goal is to produce successful firms that will leave the program financially viable and freestanding.

Business Incubators are companies which support new and startup companies in their initial development stage by providing an array of targeted resources and services. These services are developed or arranged by the business incubator and offered by it directly or through its network of contacts. Graduates of the business incubator program create jobs, revitalize neighborhoods, commercialize new technologies, and strengthen local and national economies. Instead of creating job seekers we are turning new graduates into job providers.

By integrating students, entrepreneurs, and universities, business incubators have the most significant impact on the economy when they are tied to universities. Therefore, initiatives have been taken to pair incubators with local universities.

The Objectives are summarized as:
  1. Promotion of Entrepreneurship/self-employment among Youth
  2. Commercialization of viable research stemming from University
  3. Closer linkages between Industry-Academia
  4. Contribute to economic growth by employment generation and creation of small and medium start-up Companies

Incubator Structure:

Incubator will have the following staff and they will be responsible for the operations of the incubator.

  1. Director
  2. Incubator Manager
  3. IT/Admin Assistant
  4. Receptionist
  5. Office Boy
  6. Janitor
  7. Security Guard

Physical Infrastructure:

Incubates will be provided well-furnished offices. All offices will be ready-to-use and come with hassle-free services, including:

  1. Reception services
  2. Shared meeting rooms
  3. Dedicated internet access
  4. Business Centre services

Office of Research,
Innovation and


#                                     Title of Scholarships Category Value Deadline
1 HSE International Postdoctoral Initiative 2020 https://ioe.hse.ru/en/fellowships postdoc fellowship ---- 09/02/2019
2 University of Iowa offers Student Summer Exchange Program 2020 https://iwp.uiowa.edu/programs/summer-institute/application Student Exchange program Fully funded 01/02/2020
3 Turkish Government Scholarships 2020/2021 https://tbbs.turkiyeburslari.gov.tr/ Scholarship Fully Funded 20/02/2020
4 Stipendium Hungaricum Scholarship https://apply.stipendiumhungaricum.hu/ Scholarship Partially funded 15/01/2020
5 PhD positions in Denmark https://www.facebook.com/groups/scholarships.pk/permalink/1868620973148452/ Scholarship Fully Funded 01/01/2021
6 London South Bank University http://www.lsbu.ac.uk/schools/business/research Scholarship Fully Funded 15/01/2020
7 Institute of Biochemistry and Max Planck Institute of Neurobiology https://euraxess.ec.europa.eu/ Internship Fully Funded 01/03/2020
8 The SFI Centre for Research Training in Genomics Data Science https://genomicsdatascience.ie/ Training Partially funded 12/01/2020
9 Offenburg University of Applied Sciences https://euraxess.ec.europa.eu/jobs/475042 Job ---- 25/01/2020
10 TEVTA Hunarmand Jawan Program http://www.tevta.gop.pk/img/popup/hunarmand_nojawan_2019.pdf Course Fully Funded 01/01/0001
11 Manchester Institute of Innovation (pshapira@manchester.ac.uk) Scholarship Partially funded 10/01/2020
12 Institute of Science and Technology Austria https://phd.pages.ist.ac.at/isternship/ Internship ---- 01/02/2020
13 Islamic Development Bank Scholarship 2020 https://www.nationalmeritscholarships.com Scholarship Fully Funded 28/02/2020
14 DESY Summer Student Program in Germany 2020 https://www.nationalmeritscholarships.com/ Scholarship Fully Funded 31/01/2020
15 Holland Scholarship 2020 https://www.nationalmeritscholarships.com/ Scholarship Fully Funded 01/02/2020
16 International Climate Fellowship http://www.humboldt-foundation.de/web/start.html Fellowship Partially funded 01/03/2020
17 Vienna Biocenter Summer School in Austria 2020 https://www.nationalmeritscholarships.com/vienna-biocenter-… ---- Fully Funded 31/01/2020
18 Romania Government Scholarship 2020 https://www.nationalmeritscholarships.com/ Scholarship Fully Funded 16/03/2020
19 NHA Paid Internship Program 2020 https://jobs.com.pk/ internship Paid 18/01/2020
20 IsDB Scholarship 2020 https://isdbscholarships.smartsimple.com/s_Login.jsp Scholarship Fully Funded 28/02/2020
21 Joint research on new materials https://etnmanic.eu. fellowships ---- 26/01/2020
22 Radboud University Scholarship 2020 https://www.nationalmeritscholarships.com/ Scholarship Partially funded 01/03/2020
23 International Youth Fellowship Program, Canada, 2020 https://akfc.fluidreview.com/ fellowships ---- 31/01/2020
24 NASA Internship in USA 2020 https://www.lpi.usra.edu/lpiintern/app/application_form/ Internship Partially funded 06/01/2020
25 Postdoctoral Fellowships with HSE Institute of Education https://ioe.hse.ru/en/fellowships. fellowships ---- 09/02/2020
26 PhD fellowships, Berlin, Germany https://heibrids.mdc-berlin.de/ fellowships Fully Funded 07/02/2020
27 Beihua University Scholarship 2020 https://www.chinesescholarshipcouncil.com/ Scholarship Partially funded 01/03/2020
28 Split-Site PhD Scholarships in Nursing in Dow University of Health Sciences & University of Manchester, UK http://www.duhs.edu.pk/jobsduhs/phd-job-form/ Scholarship ---- 06/01/2020
29 Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Awards Programme , 2020 https://scholarship-positions.com/ Scholarship Partially funded 15/01/2020
30 Queesn Elizabeth Commonwealth Scholarship. https://www.acu.ac.uk/funding-opportunities/for-students/scholarships/queen-elizabeth-commonwealth-scholarships/ Scholarship ---- 15/01/2020
31 EPFL Summer Internship 2020 in Switzerland https://www.nationalmeritscholarships.com/fully-funded-epfl… Internship Fully Funded 31/01/2020
32 Doha Institute Scholarship in Qatar 2020 ---- Scholarship Fully Funded 21/02/2020
33 Swiss Government Scholarships https://opportunitydesk.info/swiss-government-excellence-s…/ Scholarship Fully Funded 01/01/0001
34 The Hokkaido University Scholarship 2020 https://bit.ly/2QvngGD Scholarship Fully Funded 05/01/2020
35 DAAD Scholarship 2020 https://wp.me/pb3PaZ-hA Scholarship Fully Funded 01/01/0001
36 Konrad Adenauer-Stiftung Scholarships in Germany 2020 https://wp.me/pagilY-A0 Scholarship Fully Funded 15/07/2020
37 Scholarships in Hokkaido University Japan 2020 https://wp.me/pagilY-A1 Scholarship Fully Funded 05/01/2020
38 ARES Scholarships in Belgium 2020 https://wp.me/pagilY-1go Scholarship Fully Funded 07/02/2020
39 YSI Program Fully Funded Opportunity 2020 https://wp.me/pagilY-1fH Program Fully Funded 18/01/2020
40 Latest Romania Government Scholarship 2020 https://www.nationalmeritscholarships.com/ Scholarship Partially funded 16/03/2020
41 Taiwan International Internship Program 2021 https://www.nationalmeritscholarships.com/ Scholarship fully funded 29/02/2020
42 IDEX Université Grenoble Alpes Master Scholarships https://edu.univ-grenoble-alpes.fr/ Scholarship Partially funded 01/06/2020
43 Fauji Fertilizer Company Limited FFC Management Trainee Program 2020 https://www.careerjoin.com/fauji-fertilizer-company-limited-ffc-management-trainee-program-2020/?fbclid=IwAR25ZfCt4jdkzQ4yNQ0zdTE_hS0hl-i8A481T5XT2G8mgLAteO9W4zgs-k0 Trainee Program -------- 30/04/2020
44 Turkiye Burslari Scholarship 2020 https://turkiyeburslari.gov.tr/en Scholarship fully funded 20/02/2020
45 CAS Presidents International Fellowship Initiative 2020 https://www.chinesescholarshipcouncil.com/ fellowship ------ 01/09/2020
46 Abu Dhabi University Scholarships For International Students 2020 https://www.adu.ac.ae/en/study/financials/scholarships Scholarship --------- 20/02/2020
47 Aga Khan Foundation International Scholarship 2020-21 https://bit.ly/36QzXCE Scholarship ---- 31/03/2020
48 University of Adelaide Australian Government Research Scholarship 2020 (Fully Funded) https://scholarships.adelaide.edu.au/Scholarships/postgraduate-research/all-faculties/australian-government-research-training-program-0?fbclid=IwAR2Xt0KFk_EIdoSo_q9QshRM7TBwgp2zR5912y_N-kZcCOVk5dkznDoHvlw Scholarship fully funded 10/07/2020
49 Cambridge Scholarship 2020 in United Kingdom https://bit.ly/2sn4ngI Scholarship fully funded 01/02/2020
50 Woods Hole Summer Internship in United States 2020 https://bit.ly/36AI9pH Internship fully funded 05/02/2020
51 Vienna Summer School 2020 (Fully Funded) in Austria. https://wp.me/pb3PaZ-T5 Internship fully funded 31/01/2020
52 ISTernship Summer Internship Programme 2020] in Austria https://bit.ly/38I6s7j Internship fully funded 01/02/2020
53 Wuhan University of technology Chinese Government Scholarship 2020 https://wp.me/pb3PaZ-11X Scholarship fully funded 31/03/2020
54 Kyoto University Scholarship 2020 Japan https://opportunitiescorners.info/kyoto-university-scholar…/ Scholarship fully funded 14/02/2020
55 RIPS 2020 International Summer Internship in the United States https://wp.me/pb3PaZ-Kr Internship fully funded 12/02/2020
56 AIT Scholarship in Thailand 2020 (Fully Funded) for Master and PhD degrees https://bit.ly/2NXzW8m Scholarship fully funded 01/04/2020
57 Bangchak Scholarships For International Students In Thailand https://bit.ly/36nnDd2 Scholarship fully funded 31/03/2020
58 ADB Scholarship 2020 (Fully Funded) in Thailand https://bit.ly/36oLzvM Scholarship fully funded 31/03/2020
59 University of Adelaide Australian Government Research Scholarship 2020 https://bit.ly/2RPxmCx Scholarship fully funded 10/07/2020
60 Asian Development Bank Scholarship 2020 in Thailand https://bit.ly/2TUk4r8 Scholarship fully funded 31/03/2020
61 Fully Funded Summer Exchange Program in the United States https://bit.ly/2QffS3B Exchange Program fully funded 01/03/2020
62 Cambridge University Scholarship 2020 https://bit.ly/2sn4ngI Scholarship fully funded 01/02/2020
63 Heinrich Böll Foundation Scholarships 2020 Germany https://wp.me/pb3PaZ-10s Scholarship fully funded 01/03/2020
64 Hammad Bin Khalifa University Scholarship in Qatar For Bachelors, Masters, PhD. https://bit.ly/2THDnny Scholarship fully funded 01/02/2020
65 IACS Summer Cultural Camp in Indonesia 2020 https://bit.ly/2Raxz4j camp fully funded 14/02/2020
66 Summer Internship in Spain. https://bit.ly/30zMpnQ Internship fully funded 09/03/2020
67 Study in Belgium on Scholarship. https://bit.ly/36Vvlel Scholarship. Fully Funded 07/02/2020
68 Abu Dhabi University Scholarships 2020 https://bit.ly/2Nt0dv5 Scholarship. Fully Funded 20/02/2020
69 Summer Internship in España! https://bit.ly/2Ttjroo Internship Fully Funded 09/03/2020
70 UEA SUMMER SCHOOL IN SPAIN 2020 https://bit.ly/3aI3Wzc SUMMER SCHOOL Partially funded 20/03/2020
71 FULLY FUNDED Conference/Leadership Program https://bit.ly/38EZAHa Leadership Program Fully Funded 17/03/2020
72 Columbia University Scholarship in the USA 2020 http://bit.ly/2OcP0PT Scholarship. Fully Funded 15/02/2020
73 University of Sydney Scholarships 2020 For International Students https://bit.ly/2GyI5Mr Scholarship. Fully Funded 31/12/2020
74 Australia Awards Scholarships 2020-2021 http://bit.ly/2vEFqyP Scholarship. Fully Funded 30/04/2020

Office of Research,
Innovation and

LIST OF Activities done by ORIC

Date Activity

Office of Research,
Innovation and

Forums and Centres

The Center for Peace Studies in South Asia – The Peace Center


The University of Sialkot has set up a Center for Peace Studies in South Asia to promote academic dialogue around peace options and conflict resolutions. The Peace Center conducts a number of activities in collaboration with other partners and stakeholders to promote peace dialogue. The Peace Center invites academics, policy experts and social activists to interact with each other, explore easy options for conflict resolutions and present solution and recommendations to the Governments of South Asian countries through ministries concerned.

The Rationale

We live in South Asia and daily consume news like bomb blasts, Kashmir conflict, water war, foreign invasion, suicidal attacks, protests by separatists, surgical strikes, and frequent killings. It is hard for a human being to stay normal and healthy under the bombardment of such news. Pakistan and India recently changed the flavor of news from hate to love by opening Kartarpur for Sikh community. There is a need to have permanent journey towards conflict resolution and peace in South Asia for regional prosperity, poverty alleviation and well-being of the people.

The University of Sialkot proposes to drive peace process and facilitate conflict resolutions in collaboration with other academic and non-academic stakeholders in South Asia.

The Objectives:

  • To promote post graduate research on peace and conflicts in South Asia
  • To offer a platform for discussion and exchange of idea
  • To conduct collaborative funded research
  • To arrange various peace building activities

Functions of the Peace Center

  • Regular studies and research projects
  • Networking of stakeholders and interactive dialogue
  • Annual conferences on peace in South Asia

The Entrepreneurial Role of Academia

Should universities stick to their traditional role of teaching and scientific discoveries, or they should actively participate in the development process? DELGADO, Mariana (2008) raises this question and then answers as “A socially committed university should put knowledge and research to the disposition of development, coexistence, peace building and reconciliation, and also its ethos should impulse it to become an active actor in such processes”.

Professor Henry Etzkowits coined the term of Entrepreneurial University for such institutions. These universities added the third mission of research application and knowledge exploitation for economic and social impact. There are numerous examples and success stories of university impact on the town, region, country and at the global scale too (Etzkowitz,1998).

Oregon State University developed a regional economy of Ashland by initiating Oregon State Festivals (Etzkowitz, 2013). The summarized article titled as “Can a university develop the economy of the town? Yes, if it is an entrepreneurial” can be seen on LinkedIn.

The University for Peace — The Case of Columbia

Columbia was known for armed conflict and crisis for a long time. Life was impossible to live due to rising conflicts by various armed sects and forces. University de Bogotá Jorge Tadeo Lozano (UJTL) was neither assigned nor instructed to play any role in the war-like situation. However, the entrepreneurial zeal emerged in UJTL and volunteer activities, peacemaking, were started by the university leadership. This is called third mission of the university after teaching and research in the entrepreneurial university framework. UJTL assigned International Relations Faculty to develop liaison with Studies Institute for Development and Peace- INDEPAZ to plan some activities and interventions to reduce conflicts among fighting groups. It started various academic activities like seminars, lectures, awareness sessions, negotiation meetings among conflicting groups and exchange of ideas and alternative thoughts. The UJTL, being an independent and neutral platform, brought fresh ideas to the conflicts and proposed different solutions to deep-rooted disputes. UJTL was able to reduce conflicts up to a significant level and initiated a peacemaking process in Columbia. Academia in South Asia also can play a similar role to reduce the intensity of long-standing conflicts (DELGADO, Mariana, 2008).

Significance of The Peace Centre, USKT

The University of Sialkot (USKT) is located in South Asia and has taken a lead to set up “The Centre for Peace in South Asia”. This entrepreneurial role of the USKT will lead the engagement of peer academia for conflict resolutions. The academic debate will bring fresh ideas for peace, innovative thinking for conflict resolutions and a scholarly flavor for the heated debate. This academic process will continue to give new proposals and evaluate existing measures until disputes get settled and resolved. The university is known as an independent place for intellectual’s debate beyond the patrician lines and hard-knitted policies. The academics and research students also possess the ability to bring out of box ideas on the table.

Joint Studies by the South Asian Universities

Joint studies by the authors of conflicting countries will be launched by this center for peace in South Asia. These studies will, jointly, present the depth and breadth of conflicts and also be published. The studies may present opposing ideas by different authors in a single book so that readers of the conflicting countries, could understand each other’s perspective. The authors will present solutions according to their independent thinking and analysis of the situation. These studies will help the policymakers to have a more in-depth analysis of the situations and variety of solutions presented by academic scholars.

The peace center will attract research grants and funding on regional peace and conflicts for dedicated and independent studies.

The Alternative Perspectives of South Asia Conflicts

The conflicts mostly reside in the narrowed perspectives of conflicting parties. The parties stick to their historical and deep-rooted interests without putting much effort to explore alternative options for peace. The academics having strength in research and analysis can bring new alternatives on the table for negotiation. These new alternatives can be further studied and consulted with stakeholders. The analysis of alternatives can help policymakers to have more options for discussion.

The Exchange of South Asia Graduates

There are disputes in South Asia inherited by the second generation and likely to be passed to the third generation too. This can be limited by involving the younger generation in healthy debates about conflicts and peace. The academic forum is the best one for such engagement. The universities may plan an exchange of postgraduate students to interact with counterparts of other countries and jointly discuss conflicting issues. They will find a scholarly forum of dialogue to understand each other’s perspective and bring innovative thinking and fresh ideas on the table. These future leaders may develop the ability to resolve conflicts and make peace when taking charge of national affairs.

The peace center will facilitate exchange of students of various universities to interact and exchange.

The Academic Conference on South Asian Conflicts and Peace

The Center for Peace in South Asia has planned annual conferences on peace and conflicts in South Asia. The academics from all over the world will be invited to present their thoughts and research on how to resolve conflict and make progress for peace. This conference will be an independent forum of connectivity, exchange of ideas, understanding of opposite views and promoting mutual understanding. This conference will be an opportunity for multiple stakeholders from thinkers to policymakers and executives to have an informal interaction and learn from each other.

The Scholarly Networks in South Asia

The scholarly networks of academics and experts connect the professionals of the same subject with each other. The Center for Peace in South Asia will develop networks and forums of experts in peace studies and conflict resolutions. The regular interaction through these forums and networks will help a better understanding of conflicts and bring forward a variety of options to resolve them. The regional networks inspire positivity and promote good news in the media, society and public domain that help to resolve conflicts.

The Summary- Academic Window for Peace and Conflict

The Center for Peace in South Asia will be a history-making endeavor by the USKT as the entrepreneurial university of the region. This will become an academic window open for discussion even in times of serious crises and conflicts. This academic window for peace will be a scholar-to-scholar contact that can grow as an instrument of conflict resolution in South Asia.
Peaceful South Asia can make the 21 st century as “The Century of Asia”


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