Lahore Knowledge Park Company (LKPC) hosted ‘Inspire Pakistan Knowledge Forum (IPKF) 2018’, to bring together academicians, representatives from industry, members from media, civil society and students from various universities of Lahore for an enlightening discussion on Pakistan’s potential to excel as a Knowledge Economy. Mr. Athar Osama, Member Science and Technology & ICT at Planning Commission was the keynote speaker at IPKF 2018. An insightful panel discussion on “Prospects and Challenges for Pakistan as an Emerging Knowledge Economy” was carried out by Ms. Asma Hyder, Member Social Sector at Planning Commission, Mr. Khurram Zafar, Executive Director of National Innovation Center (NIC), Ms. Simi Raheel, Transformational coach, Dr. Fazal Ahmad (SI), VC UET and Ms. Maryam Mohiuddin, Founder & Director of Social Innovation Lab. Dr. Atta-ur-Rahman, UNESCO Science Laureate and former Federal Minister Science & Technology attended the forum as the Guest of Honor and gave an expert talk on “Exciting World of Discovery”. Dr. Sohail Naqvi, Vice Chancellor Lahore University of Management Sciences was the Chief Guest at the forum.

Defense Day Commemoration Ceremony was held at College of Arts & Design, University of the Punjab, on September 20, 2017 to commemorate the valor of our soldiers with which they successfully defended their homeland in 1965. Dr. Zubair Iqbal Ghouri, CEO LKPC attended the ceremony as Guest of Honor. Vice Chancellor Punjab University, Professor Dr. Zafar Moeen was the Chief Guest at the event. Ceremony was attended by luminaries from academia, national security forces and representatives from social sector.

Vice President TIKA Visits LKPC Head Office in Lahore

A delegation from TIKA (Turkish Cooperation & Coordination Agency) visited the office of LKPC in Lahore on July 20, 2017. The delegation was led by Vice President TIKA, Prof. Dr. Birol Cetin. LKPC was represented by its Chairman, General Muhammad Akram and company’s Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Zubair Iqbal Ghouri. Meeting was aimed at findingpotential areas of collaboration between the two parties as part of building the first Knowledge Park of Pakistan-Lahore Knowledge Park. Prof. Birol, Vice President TIKA, appreciated the initiative taken by the Government of the Punjab, recognizing its substantial socioeconomic impact not only for Pakistan but also for the allied economies. He talked about the various interventions through which TIKA can collaborate with Lahore Knowledge Park. Both parties affirmed to take the discussions forward.

As part of company’s outreach drive, CEO LKPC, Dr. Zubair Iqbal Ghouri met the ambassador of Austria to Pakistan, HE Dr. Brigita Blaha in Islamabad. The discussion involved sharing of preliminary information about the conceptual model, development objectives of LKPC and the company’s interest to collaborate with top ranking Austrian universities. Austrian delegates ensured to connect LKPC with the relevant department in Austria to map the potential alliances. Both parties reaffirmed to further build on the discussions.

A delegation from Tianjin University of Technology & Education (TUTE), China visited office of LKPC in Lahore on July 4, 2017. The delegates were accompanied by representatives from TVETA and relevant government organizations. The group was led by Chairman TEVTA, Mr. Irfan Qaiser Shiekh. During the meeting, Dr. Zubair Iqbal Ghouri, CEO LKPC apprised the delegates about the mission and objectives of Lahore Knowledge Park which is going to be an embodiment of the vision of Chief Minister Punjab, Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif. Discussions involved exploring the prospects of partnership. The delegation was also briefed about company’s ongoing academic outreach drive in collaboration with Embassy of Pakistan in China to establish Pak-China University at LKP.

The team of LKPC held talks with senior representatives of APTMA (All Pakistan Textile Mills Association) in Lahore. Mr. Syed Ali Ahsan, Chairman APTMA, Punjab region along with Mr. Anees-ul-Haq, Secretary General APTMA, Punjab attended the meeting. The discussions were aimed at engaging textile industry to establish a textile innovation hub at Lahore Knowledge Park. The team of LKPC was represented by its Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Zubair Iqbal Ghouri. He apprised the attendees about the conceptual model of Lahore Knowledge Park and its immense significance for the local industry. Discussions involved prospects of hosting high ranking foreign varsity in the field of textile engineering at LKP. CEO LKPC emphasized that participation from the industry is critical to the success of any academic venture in order to accelerate commercial R&D for this growth-intensive industrial segment.

Meeting with the delegation from Kings College London held at the head office of Lahore Knowledge Park Company in Lahore on March 4, 2017. The discussions were aimed at exploring prospects of establishing Kings College Hospital London at Lahore Knowledge Park. Under the prospective arrangement, Pakistani youth will be able to attain world-class health care education with recognized international certifications. Both sides reaffirmed to take the discussions forward to further workings for substantial developments.

Mr. David Cobham, Dean of Translational Education accompanied by Dr. Termit Kaur, Visiting Fellow at University of Lincoln, UK met the team of LKPC at its Head Office in Lahore. Lahore Knowledge Park Company was represented by its Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. During the progressive discussions, delegates were briefed in detail on the master plan of Lahore Knowledge Park (LKP) and its priority areas. They were also apprised about the support from provincial government in terms of the availability of substantial funding as well as its strategic commitment towards the development of this iconic project. Mr. David Cobham recognized LKP as the most suitable potential locale for University of Lincoln to setup its campus in Pakistan. Initially, the university plans to offer degree programs in Data Sciences, Artificial Intelligence, Mechatronics and Robotics as part of LKP. Both sides reaffirmed to take forward the discussions to the pertinent governing bodies in order to lay off mutually feasible and self-sustainable models of service delivery. The discussions were followed by a visit to the site of Lahore Knowledge Park.

The Lahore Knowledge Park Company (LKPC) awarded contract to Osmani & Company Private Limited (OCL) to oversee the development work of the iconic Lahore Knowledge Park (LKP), the nation’s first technology and growth park. A contract to this effect was signed in Lahore by Mr. Shahid Zaman, CEO Lahore Knowledge Park and Mr. Farhan Haider, Executive Director of OCL. Under the terms of the agreement OCL has been appointed as engineering consultants, for developing the detailed urban design and guidelines of the Lahore Knowledge Park project.