HEC aims to develop and sustain a dynamic and internationally competitive research sector in Pakistan that makes major contribution to economic prosperity, national wellbeing and the expansion and dissemination of knowledge. Promotion of Research is one of the core strategic aims of HEC. Through the program and initiatives launched by HEC for strengthening research and the process of knowledge creation, the quality and research output emanating from the universities and institutes in the country have shown tremendous improvements and Pakistan has been acknowledged as rising star in a numbe r of research disciplines in terms of percentage increase in internationally cited research publications. Yet, this is no more than an end of a beginning and we need not only to sustain and improve this trend but also contemplate on questions of relevance and economic, social and academic impact of the research. In pursuit of this end, HEC has started working to organize the research activities of universities/HEIs ensuring availability of well-established and fully functional ORIC (Office of Research, Innovation and Commercialization). The ORIC will provide strategic and operational support to the University’s research activities/program, and will have a central role in facilitating the University’s research outcomes.
In line with the policy of HEC and in pursuance of Vice Chancellor’s Directives for streamlining the management of Research Initiatives and Programs, there was a need to re-enforce the existing Research and Development Centre already working at City University of science & IT Peshawar for not only sustaining but also improving the trends of the research activities having an impact for the improvement of areas concerning economic, industrial, social and academic development and their accelerated advancements for achieving the national objectives.
The mission of ORIC is to develop, expand, enhance and manage the university’s research programs and to link research activities directly to the educational, social and economic priorities of the university and its broader community. ORIC will also be responsible for assuring that the quality of research reflects the highest international standards and advances the stature of the university among the world’s best research institutions. ORIC will also positively contribute in developing research leadership to play their singular role in transforming the economic focus of the country through internationally recognized research outcomes and in line with the on-going policy of “National Research Program for the Universities” for building the national economy.