The National University of Sciences and Technology (NUST), with the mission “to develop NUST into a comprehensive research led university, with the focus on technology, innovation and entrepreneurship,” has devoted significant attention to R&D and its commercialization. In consonance with this, NUST established a Directorate of R&D with an aim to propagate/ establish a research culture at NUST which caters for the national needs. Subsequently, a Research & Development and consultancy policy was formulated and approved in 1997 which was updated in February 2000 and then in December 2004. Over the recent past the Higher Education Commission (HEC) has put its emphasis on directing universities towards changing the economic landscape. In this context in January 2011, NUST received guidelines from HEC for forming Offices of Research, Innovation and Commercialization (ORIC). While some of the essential ingredients required by HEC for the formulation of ORIC were already functional at NUST, a need was felt to reorganize the present setup exactly in line with HEC requirements. As such the former R&D Directorate was renamed as Research Directorate and another Directorate of Innovation and Commercialization (I&C) was created. By combining these two directorates, the ORIC at NUST was created so that an ecosystem for innovation centric R&D and its commercialization could be nurtured at NUST. With the reorganization of the research setup, NUST research, development and consultancy policy also needed a major revision. This policy has therefore been redrafted to cater for the needs of this new setup. The new policy was approved by the NUST Academic Council in April 2012.
Office of Research, Innovation & Commercialization (ORIC) is divided into the following:
Directorate of Research
Directorate of Innovation & Commercialization