Lahore : Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FPCCI) and Lahore Garrison University (LGU) have signed a memorandum of understanding to establish long term, sustainable and mutually beneficial cooperation in areas of bilateral interest for promoting research, industrial linkages, trainings, education and employment opportunities between the two institutions.
The MoU was signed by Vice President and Regional Chairman FPCCI, Manzoor Ul Haq Malik and Vice Chancellor LGU Major General Obaid Bin Zakria (Rtd).
Manzoor Ul Haq Malik, the Vice President and Regional Chairman of the Federation of Chamber of Commerce & Industries (FPCCI) said that LGU and FPCCI are willing and motivated to have extensive and deep rooted linkages to create synergy between the academia and industries, considering as the dire need of time, for the betterment and welfare of our youth and nation.
He said it has become trend of our society that they are blaming government for high rate of unemployment and millions of fresh graduates are jobless, no doubt government should create opportunities to overwhelm high rate of unemployment but the most acceptable argument is that we have not promoted entrepreneurship. LGU has taken bold step for the betterment and advancement of research and I really appreciate it because it is dire need of our nation.
Obaid Bin Zakria said that MoU is aimed to promote research, knowledge and innovation for the university students that might be applicable in industrial growth of our country. He emphasized that the academia and industries must cooperate and coordinate together for appropriate development of the country.
During the MoU ceremony, Dr. Gulzar Ahmad, Professor and Head of the Department of Psychology explained the rationale of academia industrial linkages in modern times.
He elaborated if our student’s talents are not harnessed and if they are not capable of utilizing their talents in practical spheres of job market in manufacturing industries and service sector organizations, and even in their social, marriage, family and personal life, such knowledge will remain futile rather, defeating the learning objectives of education.
He emphasized that all curriculum and knowledge should be purposeful and of utmost utility in practical life.
Dr. Gulzar also stressed the need to revise our national curriculum and to make it more market oriented and healthy personality development oriented. He suggested that our students and academia and all manufacturing and service sector organizations should acquire training and development in soft skills along with hard skills.
He also appreciated the efforts being done by LGU and FPCCI in this area.