4th Invention to Innovation Summit held at CECOS University Peshawar

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The Institute of Research Promotion (IRP) and CECOS University Peshawar in collaboration with ECO Science Foundation and other organizations, organized the 4th Invention to Innovation Summit on 22-23 November 2018, at CECOS University, Peshawar- Pakistan. It is pertinent to mention that this programme was launched and initiated by Prof. Dr. Manzoor Hussain Soomro as Chairman of Pakistan Science Foundation and Mr. Abid Shirwani CEO of IRP back in 2010 at Lahore and in 2015 at Peshawar.  Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs, Ali Muhammad Khan was the Chief Guest in the 4th summit at Peshawar. Engr. Khalil Raza Scientific represented ECO Science Foundation (ECOSF) in the event and delivered his presentation in one of the parallel sessions.

The Summit aim was to stress upon the importance of technology in local economy and provided an opportunity to Academia, Industry and Government for the establishment of Corporate Linkages in the field of technology. The objectives of the summit were to promote, disseminate, expand and advance the viable research technologies. The Innovation summit included Presentation of Viable Technologies through Technical Sessions, Exhibition of Academic & Industrial Innovative Products/Models, and Exhibition of innovative product/technology/idea by university students, Workshops on Research Commercialization, Business Plan Competition and Annual Innovation Awards. A large number of Institutions participated in innovation summit to showcase their projects.

The summit included academic and industrial stalls, posters display and technical presentation sessions. More than 300 innovative projects were displayed in technology expo and 100 plus viable technologies were presented in technology sessions for industry and society.

Engr. Khalil Raza participated in the session entitled “Technology Development: Policy, Funding and Diffusion Framework” organized by Islamia College University Peshawar. Mr. Raza presented on “Emerging Technologies for Sustainable Development”. Mr. Raza in his presentation highlighted the scale of penetration and adoption of Digital Technologies around the 4th Industrial Revolution that is rapidly changing entire sectors of the economy. He advocated that there is an urgent need to develop digital competencies and technological skills that will allow everyone to fit in the world of tomorrow for sustainable future. “Given that picture of a rapid change of technology, we see a much slower rate of evolution of the schools, and that means we're seeing a bigger and bigger gap between schools and tech society”, he said. Engr. Khalil concluded that the evidence based learning should be combined with digital and modern technologies to make judicious use of ICT/modern tools into a school curriculum which can transform the youth to become more rational citizens to realize the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

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