Directorate of Industrial Linkages

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The Higher Education Commission (HEC) has established to prepare online contents of lecturers in order to minimize the loss of students after closing of educational institutions due to COVID-19.
The journey begins under the Convener-ship of Director Advanced Studies and continues successful planning of making course structure, mode of communication, preparation and pitching of content. The faculties have also been advised to attend campus only when required for preparation and delivery of online courses/content with a view to minimize any academic loss of the students. Faculty delivered lectures by using the Learning Management System and Campus Management System. Different applications like Google classroom, Microsoft Teams and other related software have been utilized in this regard.

Name Designation Status
Dr. Zill-i-Huma Nazli Director Advanced Studies Convener
Prof. Rahkshanda Shahnaz Coordinator, Faculty of Islamic and Oriental Learning Member
Prof. Farzana Hashmi Coordinator Academics Member
Ms. Ghazala Sohail Coordinator, Faculty of Science and Technology Member
Dr. Shahla Qasim Director, QEC Member
Mr. Muhammad Tariq Shehzad IT Manager Member
Rai Muhammad Yasir Khan Assistant Secretary

In a short span of time, in 20 meticulous sittings committee discussed all rapid variations in policies as conveyed by HEC , PHEC/HED, course modification, student financial support and frequently faced problems regarding online classes for all ongoing semesters, extensions in fee submission, online admission application processing, segregation of classes and sessions, by allowing to enroll spring courses during fall (only one time due to COVID-19) to improve /Pass courses.


Industrial academic linkages refer to the collaboration between universities, research institutions, and industries to support innovation, research and development, and technology transfer. These linkages play an essential role in enhancing the competitiveness of firms, fostering economic growth, and providing a platform for the development and dissemination of new knowledge. In this essay, I will discuss the importance of industrial academic linkages and their benefits for both industries and academic institutions.

Director’s Message


Prof. Dr. Aysha Sameen joined this directorate as director on February 2023. This directorate can play a vital role as a mediator and modulator for skill development, adoption of knowledge, promotion of entrepreneurship and innovation. Through partnerships with public, private and non-governmental institutions/organizations, this office can strive to promote national and globally collaborations. Additionally, this office is responsible for bringing in foreign students, facilitating faculty and student placement in prestigious universities, facilitating interactions between academics and practical approach and engaging the national and international donors, civil society organisations and industries to fund the training, research and development activities of university human resources.
The Directorate of International Collaboration is tasked with bridging the gap between the University and the numerous international academic and research groups. By establishing relationships and connectedness with local, national and international communities, this office aims to adapt the GCUWF community to the evolving role of international universities.


To strengthen the university's strategic partnerships with academia, research institute and industries at both national and international level. Encouraging and assisting the faculty of university to take part in projects, programs and research that will benefit our institution on a national and worldwide level.


Developing and maintaining alliances with the organizations that are relevant in order to advance capacity-building efforts and strengthen scientific partnership, quality research and practical entrepreneurial skills. The ultimate goal is to enhance professional development and extending community services to meet the demands of a changing local and global market through a social change. This directorate intends to fulfil its vital function as a mediator and modulator for knowledge adoption, entrepreneurship promotion, innovation and skill development.

Scope & Objectives

  • Develop viable and sustainable environment in GCWUF to provide vast experience in research, administration and industrial linkages at national and international level.
  • Provide platform, resources and support to faculty and students to participate in national and international projects, programs and research.
  • Strengthening the partnership between industries and academics to encourage technology transfer and commercialization activities
  • Provide multi-disciplinary initiatives at Government College Women University Faisalabad
  • Provide internship opportunities, complete guidance for research commercialization by training session and coaching
  • Encourage innovation, technology transfer, and commercialization activities that benefit and support the economy
  • Establish a direct connection between research activities and industries
  • Manage and enhance university research plans
  • The Importance of Industrial Academic Linkages

    Industrial academic linkages play an essential role in bridging the gap between research and practice. Industries often face challenges in identifying and addressing problems that require cutting-edge research and innovation. Academic institutions, on the other hand, have access to cutting-edge research and resources that can help solve practical problems in industries. Collaboration between industries and academic institutions helps to leverage the strengths of both sectors, leading to a more effective and efficient transfer of knowledge, technology, and innovation.

    Benefits of Industrial Academic Linkages:

    1. Innovation and Technology Transfer: Collaborative research between academic institutions and industries leads to the development of new technologies and innovations. Such innovations are crucial for the growth and competitiveness of industries. Academic institutions can contribute to the development of new technologies, while industries can help in the commercialization of these technologies.
    2. Research and Development: Collaborative research between academic institutions and industries helps to bridge the gap between theory and practice. Research conducted by academic institutions can be used to develop new products and services by industries. Industry, on the other hand, can help academic institutions to identify research areas that require more attention and funding.
    3. Enhanced Competitiveness: Collaborative efforts between industries and academic institutions can lead to the development of new skills and knowledge, leading to an increase in the competitiveness of industries. By leveraging the resources and expertise of academic institutions, industries can stay ahead of their competitors and improve their products and services.
    4. Economic Growth: Industrial academic linkages are essential for fostering economic growth. By supporting research and innovation, these linkages lead to the creation of new businesses, products, and services, creating new job opportunities and contributing to the overall economic growth.
    5. Capacity Building: Collaboration between academic institutions and industries can help to build the capacity of both sectors. Industries can gain access to the latest research and expertise, while academic institutions can learn about the practical challenges and needs of industries. This exchange of knowledge and expertise can lead to the development of new programs and curricula, better preparing students for the workforce.

    Challenges to Industrial Academic Linkages

    the benefits of industrial academic linkages, there are challenges to effective collaboration between industries and academic institutions. These include:
    1. Funding: Collaboration between industries and academic institutions requires significant funding, which can be a challenge for many institutions and industries.
    2. Intellectual Property: Collaboration between industries and academic institutions often leads to the creation of intellectual property. Determining ownership and rights to such property can be a challenge and may require legal expertise
    3. Communication: Communication between industries and academic institutions can be a challenge due to differences in language, culture, and priorities.


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