The Interdisciplinary Research Centre is to conduct interdisciplinary research and development projects in the field of engineering and sciences with the goal to design, analysis and optimization for the development of products and processes indigenously for local industry and society for socioeconomic development of Pakistan in specific and for the global community in general.
Centers of Excellence (CoE) are physical or virtual centers of research which concentrate existing capacity and resources to enable researchers to collaborate across disciplines on long-term projects that are locally relevant and internationally competitive in order to enhance the pursuit of research excellence and capacity development. Over the last one decade higher education in Pakistan has grown considerably specifically in the area of science and technology and many programs are started mostly at the undergraduate level. However a little effort is observed for the establishments of CoEs but is very limited to one or single discipline and the results output of these are not benefiting the community. The present era is observed a merger of sciences and even in the advanced world interdisciplinary programs were started even on undergraduate level in many universities in US, Europe, Japan and China almost a decade back realizing the fact of involving society at par with the scientific community. Just few examples are MIT (http://web.mit.edu/sts/about/index.html), History of Science Department, Harvard University (http://www.fas.harvard.edu/~hsdept/), Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), Sweden (http://www.kth.se/eng), Department of Anthropology, Harvard University (http://www.wjh.harvard.edu/anthro), Graduate Consortium in Women’s Studies at Radcliffe (http://www.radcliffe.edu/gcws), The Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (http://beckman.illinois.edu/about), KAUST (http://kaust.edu.sa) and others. The aim of interdisciplinary research schools and education at UG level has been realized important to benefit the community.
COMSATS is one of the institutes in Pakistan which has taken lead for the establishment CoEs in multidisciplinary research like IRCBM in Lahore and other places, but need much more to involve excellent researchers available in all the campuses in multidiscipline. Keeping in view the potential IRC aims to develop and apply new innovative approaches which may include the development of indigenous methodologies and solutions to the local industrial and societal needs involving engineering sciences, technology and society. For efficient implementation, this requires the networking of all relevant stakeholders.
The IRC provides the necessary know-how and the infrastructure for research in the field of computational sciences, computational engineering and experimentation and developments of products and processes with the involvement of experts from COMSATS and scientific community from Pakistan and abroad in addition to the industrial experts on board.
By the IRC, a platform for scientific exchange and networking of interdisciplinary research in engineering and sciences at the COMSATS Institute of Information Technology is to be created. The IRC will have a key role to drive the focus formation of COMSATS Institute of Information Technology in the field of engineering and sciences both numerically and experimentally and will be the first one to address both the areas to solve real world problems faced by the local industry and will provide broader methodologies to the scientific community.
Another important aspect of the center is the promotion of cooperation with the engineering and scientific industry. In addition to search and strengthened, contact with the research-based industry at national and international level.