INTRODUCTION

Higher Education is imperative to the development of a nation and the Universities are considered to be the main source of higher education, research and human resources development. Nations with well developed, education and quality research systems aimed at meeting the growing challenges of scientific development to match and outpace their contemporaries, have gained prominence in the world. Research is really advancing the ‘state of knowledge’ something that will take one above and beyond the cutting edge technology or knowledge that we currently have, or lead to an economic and social benefits. Research and innovation should lead to value addition, and that is what one should focus on. Therefore, research is a fundamental tool for entering into the arena of latest knowledge and information based on local, social and industrial needs. The research must be aimed to cultivate a research culture among the researchers and scientists of the country. The latest research in general and the research in science and technology in particular can lead to provide fuel to education towards national development. The Higher Education Commission (HEC) suggested all the Universities of the country to establish Office of Research, Innovation & Commercialization (ORIC) to promote research and establish a strong linkage between Universities and Industry. Keeping in view, the University of Poonch Rawalakot, Azad Jammu & Kashmir  transformed the Directorate of Advanced Studies & Research into ORIC and Directorate of Advanced Studies & Semester Affairs. The ORIC has been established with some administrative modifications as per the requirements of HEC for establishing ORIC. The ORIC will provide end to end services for all matters pertaining to research & development, innovation, Inventions, commercialization, patents, collaborations, arranging seminars/ colloquia/ symposium/ conferences/ workshops, etc and/or research publication honorarium. By and large ORIC is the focal point for all research related activities of the University. ORIC facilitates the University researchers (faculty members and scholars) to promote their research work both nationally and internationally. The mission of the ORIC is to promote higher education and scientific training, establish a strong research culture, commercialization and innovation within a dynamic, efficient and effective team of scientists and researchers. The Office will try to motivate the Faculty to play an active role to plan, strategize and to materialize the vision and mission of the University of Pooch Rawalakot, AJK. In addition, the Office will be responsible to train the Faculty with regard to the preparation of Research projects for findings, intimate them for national and international conferences/ seminars/workshop, encourage and facilitate them to participate. The ORIC will try to establish good working relationship with other higher learning institutions, industries and donor agencies especially HEC, PSF, NIBGE, NARC, Agriculture Universities in Pakistan in the activities that can enhance entrepreneurship, academic and research excellence.

Prof. Dr. Muhammad Fareed Khan (Director)
Ph : +92 5824 9600012 
Fax: +92 5824 960219

E-mail: oric@upr.edu.pk

 

Dr. Shahid Iqbal Awan (Deputy Director)
Ph : +92 5824 960220
Fax: +92 5824 960219

E-mail: shahidiqbal@upr.edu.pk

 

Mr. Abdul Jabbar ( Admin  Officer)
Ph : +92 5824 960208  
Fax: +92 5824 960219