LAHORE  - The University of Central Punjab (UCP), Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI), and the Small and Medium Enterprise Development Authority SMEDA organized a meeting at UCP Takhleeq Business Incubator on an agile strategy to integrate both academia and industry through strategic alignment with national policies of promoting the industry productivity, manufacturing, and national exports while recognizing the opportunity for entrepreneurship and investing in new ideas.

Dr. Faisal Mustafa, Provost UCP, welcomed the guests and stressed upon the need to integrate university students into the industry through a rapid integration program in direct close coordination with the LCCI and Smeda. The LCCI SME Committee and industry members emphasised the need to introduce students to the industry by including them directly into the manufacturing and business process during studies at the university. Sajjad Afzal, Convener SME Committee at LCCI, highlighted the need to have internships and hands-on semesters of study inside industries and SMEs for students from the engineering, business, and IT faculties.

The LCCI membership encouraged working closely with UCP and Smeda to integrate faculty and students into the national productivity and output process. A combination of having hands-on semesters for higher education programs was a key interest area for discussion.