CKT

ESTABLISHMENT OF CENTRE FOR KNOWLEDGE TRANSFER
(CKT)
At Mehran University Institute of Science, Technology and Development 
(MUISTD)


1. Introduction 

1.1 Mehran University Institute of Science, Technology and Development (MUISTD) is an exclusive specialized Institute of the Mehran University of Engineering and Technology located at Jamshoro, Sindh. MUISTD is established to contribute through its extensive research to the development of Science, Technology and Innovation for the socio-economic development and security of the country. It was formally known as Mehran University Institute of Science and Technology Development, when established in 2002. It combines in its mission the characteristics of a Policy Research Institute, a Business School pursuing Innovation and Entrepreneurship. In 2006, it started to offer MS, M.Phil and PhD degree programs after its, faculty got trained at Science Policy Research Unit (SPRU), University of Sussex and at Nottingham University Business School, UK. At present, distinct MS and PhD degree programs are being offered by MUISTD including Science, Technology and Innovation Policy (STIP), Technology and Innovation Management (TIM), Human Resource Management (HRM) and Public Policy (PP) along with MBA in five different disciplines.

With its programs being offered presently and those envisaged shortly in future, the Incubation and Entrepreneurship Centre (IEC) facility is under establishment with a mandate to offer professional services including consultancy to scientific and technological community in universities, businesses, and policy makers in government. MUISTD is in process of identifying capacities of the scientific community, needs of the business community and channels to reach the policy makers and supporters.

2. Why Centre for Knowledge Transfer (CKT) 

MUISTD through its research project, "Analysis of U-I-G linkages in Pakistan"funded by Higher Education Commission (HEC) identified a few of mechanisms required to establish and facilitate links between scientific community, business community and policy makers. One of the highlighted issues identifies the need of knowledge dissemination amongst three stakeholders. This knowledge is related to expertise available in universities, problems faced by industries and support offered by government.

Identifying this need, MUISTD is in process of establishing a Centre for Knowledge Transfer (CKT) under IEC. To achieve the objective of knowledge dissemination a formal platform with the banner of CKT seems to be the appropriate mechanism. 

3. Vision 

3.1 The Centre for Knowledge Transfer aims to improve the quality and utility of research conducted in universities by disseminating it amongst scientific community, business community and policy makers to address problems faced by the local industry.

3.2 The knowledge dissemination may enhance capacities of academics in universities and solve problems of business communities in industry and may improve communication with policy makers in government. 


4. Mission 
4.1 The mission of the Centre of Knowledge Transfer is to establish strong research based links amongst University, Industry and Government that identify and respond to the local industry needs in particular, strengthen MUISTD as an asset, and propose mechanisms through which industrial problems may be solved. 

5. What is Knowledge Transfer? 

5.1 The term knowledge transfer refers to exchange of good ideas, research results, experiences and skills between universities, other research organizations, businesses, government, and the wider community to enable innovative new products, services and policies to be developed. The focus is usually, not exclusively, on local industrial needs, primarily because of the benefits of proximity. 

5.2 The concept of Centre for Knowledge Transfer (CKT) is designed with special consideration on social and economical aspects related to universities, industries and local community. With social and economical goals in mind, knowledge transfer, by combining human and capital resources from different domains, would facilitate in developing indigenous solutions of local industrial problems and enhancing quality of local products.