entrepreneurial scientists in pakistan

Entrepreneurial Scientists Needed in Pakistan

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The entrepreneurial scientists are the new hybrid breed of the researchers who believe in serving society along with academia. The country like Pakistan is in serious need of such scientists and researchers.

Pakistan through HEC has achieved great milestones of building research capacity in Pakistan. This capacity constitutes two aspects, one as setting up labs and laboratories in the universities. Second aspect is training human resource in form of PhDs. Now Pakistan needs a shift towards entrepreneurial science by enabling faculty and universities to produce local solutions.

The Myth and The Fact – Study by IRP

There is a serious confusion in Pakistan about combining research and solution. The academics prefer to do publishable applied research in academic journals. In pursuit of the academic publication, the issues of society and industry are missed or ignored.

Institute of Research Promotion – IRP as active technology management institution is involved in 200-300 technology projects. These projects are identified by partner industries and now given to academia for solution development. IRP has embarked on a research study to investigate this myth and found that there is a breed of scientists who publish well and also contribute in the economic progress of the society.

The study conducted over the span of three years included almost 300 cases of technology development. Around 30% of these cases are purely academic where idea is born, incubated and developed into good business through the involvement of university faculty. IRP has developed a training program, a smart book and a paper out of this extensive study. The study is continuous and will include more cases in the future.

The Entrepreneurial Scientists

The entrepreneurial scientists adopt dual role in academic life. They teach and supervise students, engage with industry and society, develop technology solutions and publish their research work also. The ideas of these professors and students of these professors turn into great business and solve human problems.

Our study offered a framework extracted from the academic cases that theoretically represent the entrepreneurial scientists . The framework is called PESE and consists of the Personality, The Environment, The Scientific Skills and The Enterprising Skills.

The PESE Framework for Entrepreneurial Scientists

The study concludes that personality of the scientists plays critical role exercising entrepreneurial science. The personality features like having belief in science capacity to solve social and economic problems of human, showing persistence in case of continuous failures, having love for interaction and engagement with outside world and effective communication help faculty members to grow as entrepreneurial scientists.

Similarly, the environment of the university, city, and the country frame the entrepreneurial scientists. The components of the environment includes strong IP protection, risk awarding culture, incentives for problem solving research, industry capacity. These components will help to exploit academic technologies and training of faculty members to understand local problems and develop technology solutions.

The scientific rigor in terms of PhD qualification, good publications and supervision of graduates’ research is also an enabler for problem solving research.

Our study also found enterprising skill as fundamental for the researchers to do entrepreneurial science. The skills related to generating funding, engaging with stakeholders, converting science into a solution, developing products from academic results and understanding science of consumers’ perception and behaviors of the investor.

The developing countries like Pakistan need to focus on promoting entrepreneurial science by offering related policies and incentive system.

Rahmat Ullah: Rahmat Ullah, Chief Coordinator Institute of Research Promotion (IRP), Secretary General South Asia Triple Helix Association (SATHA), and Manager ORIC, University of Management and Technology – rahmat@irp.edu.pk

Dr. Rashida R. Zohra: Dr. Rashida is Assistant Professor in Jinah University for Women and Deputy Director OIRC – rrzohra@irp.edu.pk

Muqaddas Tariq is Research Scholar in Chemistry – muqaddas@irp.edu.pk

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