PAKISTANI UNIVERSITIES: SYNERGY THROUGH ACADEMIA, INDUSTRY AND GOVERNMENT COLLABORATION
Keywords:Universities, Islamic World, Triple Helix Model, Research and Innovation, Synergy, Academia-Industry Government
Universities are supposed to be engines of innovative ideas and research; besides promoting high quality education and research, they contribute to national growth and development. Overpopulation, along with measly spending on health, education and social welfare, has relegated many Muslim countries to the bottom of the global pile. Allied with adverse international factors, illiteracy and militancy have become rampant. It is said that the total number of universities in the Muslim world (nearly 700 or so) are lesser than that of Japan alone. The national budget earmarked for education is below 2 percent, whereas according to the UN requirement, it should be a minimum of 4 percent of the GNP. Experts recommend at least 10 percent for the next decade or so if Pakistan is to cast off the albatross of poverty, ill-health, and illiteracy. The plight faced by most Pakistani universities is that they are woefully starved of funds, talent, and other facilities. To overcome these, research, value-added items, academia-industry defence linkages, ‘disruptive innovations,’ new technologies in IT, biosciences and genetics are imperative. For this, the Helix Model is proposed that would focus on an academia-industry-business model of cooperation. This could assist in forging much-needed skills, promoting educational standards, instilling self-reliance and contributing to a knowledge-based society and national development.
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