Patent filing and registration in Pakistan
Intellectual property rights, including patents, gives legal protection to scholarly research work like scientific invention. For academia, there is a dire need to understand how to file a patent and protect their intellectual work. Within this context, QEC @ ITU arranged a seminar where Ms. ShakraKhurshid, Assistant Director Patents IPO. The main points of the lecture focused on patent and patent systems, Patents ordinance of Pakistan 2000, patent life and expiry, patentable inventions in Pakistan, invention novelty, types of patent applications, and necessary procedures applicable in Pakistan. Dr. Saeed Ul Hassan, Director QEC, thanked IPO Pakistan for collaborating to arrange a successful event and briefing the ITU faculty about patent filing in Pakistan.
Exploring Pakistan’s Relationship with IMF
Pakistan is facing a challenging economic environment, with lackluster growth, elevated inflation, high indebtedness, and a weak external position. This reflects the legacy of uneven and procyclical economic policies in recent years aiming to boost growth, but at the expense of rising vulnerabilities and lingering structural and institutional weaknesses. The authorities recognize the need to address these challenges and in this regard, the government has already initiated a difficult, but necessary, adjustment to stabilize the economy, including support from the State Bank of Pakistan and also have reached a staff level agreement with International Monetary Fund (IMF) to support the economic revival by a 39 months extended fund arrangement for about 6 billion dollars. Quality Enhancement Cell in collaboration with School of Humanities and Social Sciences arranged a seminar under its Faculty Development Program to give some insight on Pakistan’s Relationship with IMF and its implication on country’s economy in past – present and future.
Mental Health Awareness
Maryam Khan who is a Clinical Psychologist, Certified Hypnotherapist (NGH,USA), Senior Vice President Youth Working Against Drug Abuse Pakistan, Social worker and Founder of Mental Health Support – Pakistan delivered a lecture on understanding the impact of mental health illness, sign and symptoms of common mental health problems, challenges faced by the people and develop strategies to reduce the suffering of mental health patients.