CCSIS, IoBM Hosts Distinguished Panel Discussion on Bridging Academia-Industry Gaps

Mr. Muhammad Zohaib Khan, Chairman, PASHA; Mr. Shaukat Ali Khan, Global Chief Information Officer, Aga Khan University; and Ms. Naureen Anwar, Senior Vice President, Systems Ltd. were invited to speak at a panel discussion on 'Exploring Trends in Academia-Industry Relationships and Charting Future Courses of Action.' The event was organized by the College of Computer Science and Information Systems (CCSIS), IoBM, on Thursday, February 22, 2024. The guests shared insights, experiences, and perspectives on fostering stronger collaborations and addressing emerging challenges in the academia-industry interface. Brig. Prof. Muhammad Abbas, Dean CCSIS, moderated the event. Present on the occassion were IoBM's Management, Deans, Faculty Members and Students. 

While discussing the evolution of the IT industry, Mr. Zohaib mentioned that much needs to be done to bridge the gap between academia and industry by implementing policies and procedures that impact the national landscape. He urged students to acquire knowledge on topics related to generative AI, cyber security, and others that will be prominent fields in the coming years. Mr. Shaukat Ali stated that two dynamics in the world and Pakistan are being observed. The relationship between academia and industry has evolved tenfold worldwide due to advancements in technology and cultural diversity. Academia needs to solve societal problems and implement solutions in collaboration with industry. Ms. Naureen highlighted that the industry has been facing constraints in the post-Covid period related to resources and talent. She suggested involving more senior faculty when academia and industry collaborate, as they interact directly with students and can share key insights in their lectures. Mr. Shaukat added that universities and the industry work based on their respective expectations, priorities, and mindsets. Aligning these aspects between academia and industry is essential to creating a harmonious blend of collaboration and alliance fostering growth."

During the discussion, the speakers shared a common consensus and provided insights on the current academia-industry relationship. They identified prominent collaborations, investigated the impact of technological advancements, discussed the role of research, and highlighted the connection between the IT industry and academia. The panel discussion concluded with the presentation of shields to the panellists. Head of the Computer Science Department, Engineer Asghar Khan, and Industry Liaison focal person for CCSIS, Dr. Khalid Bin Muhammad, expressed gratitude to all the panelists, industry and academic guests, faculty, and the volunteers of Digicon Society and students.