KMU establishes research, innovation centre

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Khyber Medical University (KMU), Peshawar has established Office of Research, Innovation and Commercialization (ORIC) to provide strategic and operational support to the university’s research activities.

The varsity has now become eligible for the enhanced overhead cost of 15% instead of previous 2% against all the HEC sponsored NRPU projects, as per HEC policy, said a press release here on Thursday.

Prof. Dr. Mukhtiar Zaman has appointed as the first director of the ORIC. 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 Industry linkages for commercialization of research for greater benefit of the community.

The purpose of the 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 in its broader context of community.

The ORIC is also responsible to ensure that the quality of research reflects the highest international standards and advances the stature of the University among the world’s best research institutions.

In pursuit of this mission the ORIC has the responsibility of guaranteeing that all research programs and policies reflect the core values of academic freedom, professional integrity and ethical conduct and full compliance with all policies, legal requirements and operational standards of the University in term of research output.

The ORIC will also be responsible for building research capacity in the University, manage research contract, protect intellectual property and commercial University research products.