Finding Innovative & Creative Solutions for Society (FICS) is a platform where NUST students can serve communities around them by applying their technical knowledge. It is designed to encourage NUST students to get actively involved in social problem identification, and think innovatively to devise technology-based solutions. The aim of this initiative is to instill a spirit of social entrepreneurship amongst students, encouraging them to convert their creative ideas into value-adding solutions and thereby benefit themselves and society. FICS has been conceived as an initiative aimed to not only encourage students to participate in nation building and community development projects, but also inculcate the spirit of innovation and entrepreneurship in the youth of Pakistan.
FICS is a competition to promote Social Entrepreneurship and creation of products and services to benefit communities and Society; the competition was started by NUST School of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science (SEECS) 4 years ago, and increased in scope and magnitude to become a NUST-wide competition in 2015. FICS was an intra-SEECS competition in 2013 and 2014. In FICS 2015 all NUST Schools and Colleges participated with student projects aimed at benefitting Society. FICS 2016, co-organized by NUST-Corporate Advisory Council (CAC) and National Textile University (NTU), brought more holistic view with it by promoting Interdisciplinary projects and combining the various strengths of NUST schools to make FICS 2016 a success.
This year, FICS is redefining itself to signify its growing popularity and its resolve to promote meaningful solutions to our common social roadblocks. Since the success graph of the program is growing exponentially, Quality will be the defining feature of FICS`21. This will be a step towards its vision of catering to common social problems by being more inclusive and pluralistic towards competitors as well as our common socio-economic goals.
FICS promotes entrepreneurship and innovation by allowing participants to address the most pressing social and environmental issues at the core of society. More than an annual competition, FICS has proven to be a vast resource of much sought-after solutions.
In a society where nearly everyone is educated with a job-seeking mindset, FICS strives to act as a torch-bearer and identify ideas that can be commercialized and converted into viable entrepreneurial endeavors. Moreover, students through FICS are encouraged to focus their research and innovation to address Pakistan’s issues.
FICS is part of an on-going and continuous exercise at NUST aimed at facilitating entrepreneurship, which is in line with the NUST mission. FICS concentrates more on Social Entrepreneurship. Some of the objectives of FICS are given below:-
To encourage students to become valuable members of society and contribute towards societal / community development by deploying technical knowledge and scientific tools.
To allow students to think creatively and develop latest applications and innovative technology based-solutions, hence encouraging them to work on practical utilization of knowledge.
To serve as a platform for identifying ideas and technologies that can be commercialized and converted into viable products and services.
To bring the Industry on board to provide regular mentorship to SEECS students and thereby provide an opportunity not only to the students to learn from the expertise and experience of Industry partners, but also to the Industry to discover the potential of our students and engage with the students and the Institute on a more long-term basis.
To foster an entrepreneurial culture within NUST and at a national level; a culture that facilitates and supports innovation and its translation into benefits for our society and our economy.