Rawalpindi: /DNA/ – Nadeem Rauf, President, Rawalpindi Chamber of Commerce and Industry (RCCI), has said that there is an urgent need to increase the linkages between industry and academia. Only through research, innovation and marketing can the challenges of the modern world be met. He passed these in a meeting with Pro-Rector of Research, Innovation & Commercialisation NUST, Dr Rizwan Riaz here on Monday. He was accompanied by RCCI Executive Member Raja Umar Iqbal. The President also gave a briefing on the ongoing activities and future programs of RCCI. He said that Rawalpindi Chamber has entered into MoUs with more than 20 universities with the aim of strengthening ties with industry and promoting entrepreneurship. He said that new and innovative ideas are being adopted for business development.

Pro-Rector Dr. Rizwan Riaz led the Rawalpindi Chamber delegation to the National Science and Technology Park of the University and highlighted the aims and objectives of NSTP. He said that NSTP is the flagship project of NUST University for the development of start-ups and entrepreneurship.

NSTP is the new national tech-pad where entrepreneurs and multinationals come together to discover, ideate, create, collaborate and break new ground, he added.

The park is the country’s avant-garde cradle for disruptive technologies. Catering to a multispectral cluster, drawing on the nation’s and the region’s growth potential and market needs.

NSTP is also the first of its kind in the country to sport all the essential ingredients for an enabling and diverse innovation and entrepreneurship ecosystem, he said.