With the rapid technological developments around the globe, the importance of effective innovative solutions for the world problems has become more relevant. Universities are considered key players in bringing these innovative solutions and thereby exposing isolated researches to the industry through commercialization.

Universities are places of knowledge creation, knowledge capturing, and knowledge sharing. Here, ideas are openly exchanged; existing phenomenon and processes are challenged and societal intellectual standards are enhanced through the pursuit of inquiry and intrigue. Traditionally, universities were involved in teaching and isolated research where the latter has not been given its due importance.  In world’s renowned universities, both teaching and research are given equal importance and that is why they are considered as the beacon of knowledge creation. We believe that in order to catch up with the leading universities around the world, universities in Pakistan must also focus on quality research alongside teaching and the commercialization of this research in order to provide indigenous and innovative solutions to the local problems.

Moreover, due to the back to back financial crises around the world in past few decades, researchers and practitioners are now agreeing on the fact that instead of relying on large organizations where there is always a danger of “too big to fail”, countries must promote entrepreneurship among youth and support small and medium organizations if they want sustainable economic development. According to the recently published report of UNDP (2016), Pakistan is among the youngest countries where more than 60% of its population is under the age of 30. Moreover, according to the government’s figures, there is a need of 2 million jobs for the youth on yearly basis. Entrepreneurship is the answer to this problem. Through entrepreneurship, one can benefit from capturing knowledge and innovative ideas and converting it to feasible business solutions and job creation. Leading universities around the globe have validated this model where students have converted their business ideas into successful businesses (e.g. Google & Facebook etc.).

Those universities have come a long way of infrastructural developments and now the availability of resources gives them the competitive advantage. However, because of the rapid technological developments and the easy access to information to the people around the globe, developing counties like Pakistan has a huge opportunity to eliminate the traditional developmental models that those developed countries have gone through. Therefore, a need of the time is to offer support to our youth for their indigenous research and entrepreneurial ideas at the university level which will hopefully quicken our progress towards catching up with the developed world in terms of research and development, technological and economic growth.

To this backdrop, Karakorum International University, Gilgit while being situated in the remotest and comparatively underdeveloped area of Pakistan is embarking upon establishing the Office of Research, Innovation and Commercialization (ORIC). The purpose is to address the local problems through our indigenous research and commercialize the same to the industry for a larger impact. ORIC will also offer support to youth for their unique and innovative business ideas to be converted into startups and ultimately become a self-sustainable business.


To become a leading institute that offers high quality, unique research solutions to the local markets by leveraging technology and entrepreneurial spirit.


We are committed to promote, offer and commercialize high quality, credible, innovative and research-based solutions to the local problems by integrating technology, entrepreneurial spirit and mutual collaboration with stakeholders while maintaining higher ethical standards.


The main objectives of ORIC are:

  1. Serve as support mechanism to promote and develop a vibrant and quality-based research culture at KIU with effective use of technology
  2. Bridging the gap between industry and academia through joint initiatives as well as addressing local societal needs
  3. Making KIU self-sustainable by reducing its reliance on governmental funds
  4. Creating and identifying entrepreneurial and job opportunities for the students of KIU

Research Thematic Areas (Dept. wise)

1 Business Management 1.Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainability

2.Leadership development

3.Project Management in Gilgit Baltistan

4.Entrepreneurship: Opportunities, Challenges, Implications

5.Green Human Resource Management

2 Economics 1.Cross border trade and local economy of Gilgit-Baltistan

2.Environment and Development

3.Tourism, economy and sustainable development

4.Agriculture and rural development

5.CPEC and local economy

3 Food & Agriculture 1.Food Security and Food Safety

2.Food Product Development

3.Nutrition Sensitive Agriculture

4.Malnutrition(Stunting and Wasting)

4 Linguistics & Literature 1.Language contact

2.Language variation and change

3.Language documentation


5 Computer Science 1.Earth Science Informatics (Artificial Intelligence approaches to understand and manage earth Sciences)

2.Artificial Intelligence approaches to understand biomedical images

3.Geoinformatics and remote sensing techniques to understand climate issues

4.ICTs issues and challenges

5.Approaches to understand and manage Social networking platforms

6 Mathematical Sciences 1.Computational Geometry, Graph theory, Digital Image Processing, Modeling, Simulation and topological characterization of cellular structures

2.Fuzzy Mathematics (Generalization and extensions, soft computing)

3.Fixed point theory (Matrix space, fuzzy matric space), Fuzzy sets and logic

4.Fluid Dynamics , Computational Fluid Dynamics, Parallel Computing, Flow Instabilities, Numerical Simulations, Spherical Couette Flows

5.Numerical Solution of Differential Equations

7 Behavioral Science 1.Mental Health

2.Early Childhood development and education

3.Socio-cultural development

8 Earth Sciences 1.Mineral Prospecting and Exploration


3.Glaciers and glacial modeling

4.Multi-hazard risk assessment

9 Physics 1.Radiation Dosimetry

2.Renewable Energy


4.Semiconductor devices

5.High Energy Physics

10 Environmental Sciences 1.Biodiversity, Conservation of protected areas

2.Soil Ecology and Management

3.Wetland Ecology and Management

4.Climate change, disaster risk management, Geographic Information System, Remote Sensing, Land cover change studies

5.Environmental Impact Assessment, Glacier monitoring,

11 Mining Engineering 1.Surface mine design and production scheduling

2.Design, Development and Deployment of Mineral Cadastre, Mine Planning and Design System

3.Stability analysis of Slopes

4.Numerical Modelling and stability Analysis of tunnels

12 Education 1.Education & morality in the context of Pakistani society

2.The teaching of science through inquiry method

3.The teaching of English as a language

4.Faculty/ students experiences of e-learning during COVID-19

5.Coping with educational change during COVID-19: student and teachers’ perspective

13 Chemistry 1.Natural Product Chemistry

2.Ethnobotanical and Biological Studies of Medicinal Plants

3.Discovery of Anticancer and Antiaging Agents from Natural and Synthetic Sources

4.Botanical Pesticides, Chemistry and their applications

5.Application of Chromatographic Techniques for Finger printing and separation of major principles in Medicinal Plants

6.Soil Chemistry  for Agriculture sustainability

7.Computational studies on chemical and biological action of synthetic and natural compounds

8.Synthesis of fluorescent Probes and preparation of useful nanomaterials, Ionic Liquid Green Synthesis

S.No Departments Principal Investigator/Granting Agency Title Year Amount (PKR)
1 Behavioral Sciences Dr. Sadiq Hussain: Principal Investigator, Higher Education Commission (HEC) research grant, Impact of China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) on People’s Quality of Life in Gilgit-Baltistan (GB), Pakistan: A Baseline Study. 2018  1.5 Mil
2 Dr. Sadiq Hussain: Principal Investigator, Karakoram International University (KIU) research grant, Vocational Aspirations and Interest as Predictors of Students Academic Achievement in Gilgit-Baltistan Pakistan; Policy Recommendation Study 2019 0.455 Mil
3 Biological Sciences Dr. Sher Wali: Principal Investigator: Funding Agency: KIU Research Grant Exploitation of Botanical Extract as an Alternative Strategy to Control Postharvest Microbial Spoilage of Tomato in District-Gilgit 2017-2018 0.57 Mil
4 Dr. Qamar: Principal Investigator: HEC project is in progress Floristic diversity assessment and Phytochemical Investigation of Some selected medicinal Plants of Naltar and Nomal Valleys, District Gilgit 2018 0.49 Mil
5 Business Management Dr. Ifzal Ahmad, Principal Investigator, KIU Funded Research Project Pro-environmental behaviors at work and assessing its leverages for organizations in Gilgit-Baltistan 2018-2020 0.56 Mil
6 Dr. Ifzal Ahmad, Principal Investigator, GBRSP Funded Project Formulating Program Management Strategy for GBRSP 2020 0.6 Mil
7 Dr. Ifzal Ahmad, Principal Investigator, GBRSP Funded Project Formulating Marketing & Communication Strategy for GBRSP 2020 0.3 Mil
8 Dr. Ifzal Ahmad, Principal Investigator, GBRSP Funded Project Formulating Networking and Fundraising Strategy for GBRSP 2020 0.4 Mil
9 Chemistry Dr. Muhammad Ismail, Principal Investigator: HEC NRPU (in progress) Greener Botanical Pesticides for Sustainable Development in Agriculture 2018 Not mentioned
10 Dr. Sajjad Ali, Principal Investigator: Funding Agency: KIU Research Grant (in progress) Screening of Potential Medicinal Plants for the Treatment of kidney stones from GB 2018 Not mentioned
11 Dr. Sajjad Ali, Principal Investigator: Funding Agency: HEC Funded Strategies to design fluorescent probes as Chemo and Biosensors for explosive sensing and Heparin detection 2019 Not mentioned
12 Principal Investigator (Dr Meher Ali), Higher Education Commission (HEC) research grant, Money Saving Hydrogenation/Dehydrogenation Reaction catalyzed by Pd-NPs in Ionic Liquids 2018 0.5 Mil
13 Principal Investigator (Dr Meher Ali), KIU Research Grant Hapeto- protective Phytochemical Investigation of Picorriza Kurroa Rhizomes 2018-2019 0.5 Mil
14 Principal Investigator (Dr Meher Ali), TWAS Islamic Development Bank Young Research Grant Catalytic Carbon Dioxide Transformation into Value-added Chemicals Catalyzed Non-noble metals in Ionic Liquids 2020 5.0 Mil
15 Dr. Shamsher Ali, Principal Investigator, KIU research Grant
Contamination level of Aflatoxin in different dry fruits (Apricot and Walnut) in Gilgit-Baltistan. 2017-2018 0.7 Mil
16 Dr. Shamsher Ali, Co-Principal Investigator, HEC NRPU, X (in progress) Micronutrient status of common foods in GB and development of iron enriched formula for anemic people 2019 4.7 Mil
17 Environmental Sciences Dr. Fareeda, Principal Investigator, NORAD Funded. (2014-2018) Ongoing Extended to 2020. Sustainable Natural Resource Management for climate Change Adaptation in Himalayan region”. 2014-2018 16.988 Mil
18 Dr. Fareeda, Principal Investigator,KIU-HEC grant. Completed in 2018. Soil Organic Carbon Dynamic and Land Uses Change: A Study in Economically and Ecologically Marginal Land of Upper Naltar Valley, Gilgit 2018 3.44 Mil
19 Dr. Fareeda, Principal Investigator, NORHED-SUNREM small grant Soil quality assessment and Organic Carbon stocks under different land use system in Astore valley, Gilgit-Baltistan 2018 Not mentioned
20 Dr. Fareeds, Principal Investigator, Funded by Hashoo Foundation, ongoing Evaluation of irrigation water quality and climate vulnerability of irrigation systems in Oshikhandas valley, Gilgit District, Northern Pakistan 2020 Not mentioned
21 Dr. Shoukat Ali, Principal Investigator, KIU Research Grant  Evaluation of the efficacy of different species of Trout Fish as bio-indicators of water quality in some selected areas of Gilgit-Baltistan 2018 Not mentioned
22 Dr. Shoukat Ali, Principal Investigator, Hashoo Foundation Indigenous Perception About Climate Change Impacts on Freshwater Resources in Karakoram & Himalaya Regions 2018 Not mentioned
23 Dr. M. Zafar Khan, Principal Investigator, Hashoo Foundation Assessing the role of Community-based natural resource management in promoting climate change adaptation in District Hunza, Pakistan. 2018 Not mentioned
24 Dr. M. Zafar Khan, Principal Investigator, NORHED-SUNREM small grant Assessing Conservation Attitudes of Mountain Communities in northern Pakistan. 2018 Not mentioned
25 Dr. M. Zafar Khan, Principal Investigator, HUC-ICIMOD Prospects and challenges of Water Use Systems as climate adaptive option for sustainable water management in Himalayan Region 2018-2019 Not mentioned
26 Food & Agriculture Dr. Sartaj Ali, Principle Investigator, Pakistan Science Foundation (PSF) grant Assessment of Functional Composition & Development of Value-added Products of Mulberry Fruits from Gilgit-Baltistan 2015-2018 2.02 Mil
27 Dr. Sartaj Ali, Principle Investigator, Karakoram International University Research grant Development of mixed organic porridge and pilot scale feasibility studies for establishment of cottage industry in GB 2017-2018 0.964 Mil
28 Dr. Muhammad Arshad, Principal Investigato, Higher Education Commission of Pakistan, NRPU, Research Grant Investigations on Soil Improvement Strategies for better Performance of Major Cereal Crops in GB 2018 3.7 Mil
29 Dr. Sartaj Ali, Principle Investigator, Higher Education Commission of Pakistan, NRPU, Research Grant Micronutrient status of common foods in GB and development of iron enriched formula for anemic people 2019-2021 4.00 Mil
30 Forestroy Dr. Moazam Nizami, Principal Investigator, Funded by UNDP Preliminary Assessment of local agricultural system in the framework of carbon credit mechanism in GLOF vulnerable areas 2019 Not mentioned
31 Dr. Moazam Nizami, Principal Investigator, Approval Agency: Global Climate Impact Study Centre (GCISC-ISB) Climate induced disasters: community-based response to GLOFS 2018 Not mentioned
32 Dr. Moazam Nizami, Principal Investigator, Approval Agency: Global Climate Impact Study Centre (GCISC-ISB) Prospects of crop production in in the mountainous ecosystems under changing climate 2018 Not mentioned
33 Mathematics Dr. Asadullah: Principal Investigator, KIU research grant  Image based modeling and realistic simulations of Cellular Structures. 2019 0.6 Mil
34 Minning Engineering Dr. Safi ur Rehman, Co- PI, Higher Education Commission (HEC) research grant Design, Development and Deployment of Mineral Cadaster and Mine Planning and Design System 2018-2020 10.6 Mil
35 Dr. Safi ur Rehman, Principal Investigator, Technology Development Fund (TDF), Higher Education Commission (HEC) research grant Design, Development and Deployment of Mineral Cadaster and Mineral Informatics System 2018-2020 11.1 Mil
36 Physics Dr. Fazal Wahab, Principal Investigator, Higher Education Commission (SRGP/HEC), Research grant, Fabrication and characterization of organic semiconductor based thin film devices 2018 0.5 Mil
37 Dr. Fazal Wahab, Principal Investigator, Higher Education Commission (NRPU/HEC), Research grant, Synthesis of Quantum Dots Cdx (X = Se, Te, S) and their Usage for Efficiency Enhancement in Organic Thin Film Solar Cells 2019 5.77 Mil
38 Vice Chancellor’s Projects Prof. Dr. Attaullah Shah, Principal Investigator (PI) & Dr. Manzoor Ali, Co-PI, Technology Development Fund (TDF), Higher Education Commission (HEC) research grant To develop and install a prototype hydro-powered water pump and electricity generator 2018-2019 14 Mil
39 Prof. Dr. Attaullah Shah, Principal Investigator (PI), World Wild Fund. Tourism Satellite Account (TSA) & Valuation of Land Use Change in Hunza-Nagar 2019 2.4 Mil

In line with the model proposed by HEC Pakistan and other leading universities, ORIC Directorate will serve as an umbrella over the following centers.


ORIC Consulting

ORIC Consulting will be responsible for the following objectives.

  1. Promoting research-based products of KIU to relevant industries for prospects identification
  2. Offering consulting services to local industry, public sector organizations, and NGOs
  3. Connecting industry and KIU faculty for potential collaborations and consulting services
  4. Encouraging faculty members to initiate and offer consulting services from the platform of ORIC.


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