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  • Friday, September 14, 2018

  • CIIT

  • CCRD

Centre for Climate Research & Development organized talk on ‘National Water Policy 2018: Gaps & Way Forward’ delivered by Dr. Rashid Aftab, Director Riphah Institute of Public Policy at Riphah International University Islamabad on 5th July 2018 at COMSATS University Islamabad. The talk was attended by research scientists, policy makers, young researchers and students from different institutes of Islamabad. Delegation including First Secretary from Embassy of Japan were among guests of the event. In his talk, Dr. Rashid presented key features of National Water Policy that was announced in April this year. He highlighted major policy gaps that need to be addressed for effective implementation of national policy. Lack of integrated planning, overlooking sustainable land management for agriculture land and low stakeholder participation are among the policy gaps identified by the speaker. Dr. Rashid stressed on the need of efficient utilization of available water resources, increasing public-private partnership and better water governance are some of the steps needed to cope with the water security issue for Pakistan. The talk was followed by Q&A session by the audience. The speaker was presented with souvenir as a token of appreciation. In the end, Prof. Dr. Athar Hussain, Head CCRD thanked all the participants and the speaker of the event. Refreshments were served at the end of the event.

  • Thursday, September 13, 2018

  • CIIT

  • INIT

The Inter Islamic Network on Information Technology (INIT), in collaboration with the Islamic Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (ISESCO) and the Commission on Science and Technology for Sustainable Development in the South (COMSATS) is organizing 4th International Conference on ‘Agriculture, Food Security and Biotechnology’, on November 12 – 13, 2018 at Rabat, Kingdom of Morocco. The Conference aims to provide an interactive platform to academicians, scientists and researchers to deliberate upon the burning issue of food insecurity while underpinning the significance of Agriculture, Food Security and Biotechnology.

The conference will, interalia, highlight the importance and role of information technology and its associated systems in enhancing agriculture productivity, elimination of hunger, improving nutrition and achieving food security. The scientists, researchers, technologists and faculty members from different parts of the world will share their knowledge and experiences on interventions of IT in the field of agriculture, food security and biotechnology.


The themes of the conference are divided into three areas which are mentioned below:


  • Crop breeding, improvement, protection and management
  • Agriculture and sustainable development
  • Agricultural innovation and technology
  • Agriculture Engineering and Agronomy

Food Security

  • Trends and challenges to food security
  • Food Nutrition Security: new concepts and strategies
  • Food safety regulation and standards
  • Food sovereignty, heritage & industry
  • Non-timper forest products and food security
  • Ecosystem based adaptation for food security


  • Genetic improvement of crops using plant biotechnology
  • Functional genomics using genome editing technology
  • Industrial biotechnology
  • Food and bioprocess technology
  • Patent, biosafety, biosecurity, plant breeders rights

Financial Support

Travel grants and boarding and lodging will be provided by INIT, ISESCO and COMSATS to a limited number of individuals from the member countries of INIT, ISESCO and COMSATS, selected by the International Conference Scientific Committee.


Applications for participation are required to be submitted through duly filled-in prescribed form to INIT, at the contact addresses given in the brochure attached below before Monday, 8th October 2018.

  • Friday, August 17, 2018

  • CIIT

  • International Office

A one-day seminar on ‘CPEC The Way Forward – Introduction on Pakistan Agricultural Exports’ was organized on August 15, 2018 in Islamabad campus. The purpose of the seminar was to find ways to uplift, source, process and export agricultural produce from Pakistan to China and other countries. The seminar was focused on CPEC, which is a matter of interest for both the countries, and evolution of China from a similar economic condition where Pakistan stands today.

Mr. Wu Yongqiang, Deputy Secretary General, All-China Youth Federation Press and Publication Sector, was the Principal Speaker of the event. Along with him, the visiting Chinese delegation included Mr. Sun Xiangyang, Chairman, Yangming Technology Investment Company; Mr. Yao Zongchang, Chairman, Taidi Network Technology Co Ltd. and Ms. Wu Xueqin, legal assistant and translator.

The seminar was attended by leading members of think tanks, policy makers, representatives of the agricultural industry, agricultural research councils, chamber of commerce, academia and the faculty and students.

The seminar opened with the recitation from the holy Quran. Dr. Khalid Riaz, Dean, Business Administration, delivered his welcome address. He focused on need of trade on both sides especially export of agricultural commodities from Pakistan to China. He spoke about the opportunities as well as threats associated with the advent of CPEC. He emphasized on exporting agricultural commodities of Pakistan to China and other countries.

Mr. Amar Zafar Khan, CEO, Pehle Aap (Pvt) Ltd. gave his address and shared his idea of upliftment of Pakistan’s agricultural fisheries and livestock output through using major specialist chinese companies, which are equipped with an end to end supply chain & marketing infrastructure, to source and export to china and other countries. He emphasized the need of agriculture which has been used as a starting point as highest potential of growth, considering it employs 60% of our population and is key to bringing prosperity to rural Pakistan. 

Mr. Wu Yongqiang, the principal speaker of the seminar, delivered his speech. He highlighted CPEC as a transformative project which holds enormous potential for transforming lives of the people of both countries, Pakistan and China. He further added that it is a long-term initiative to promote economic cooperation through collaboration in various areas. By channeling this assistance into food exports and over time exports of other products, both countries look forward to providing new opportunities to the citizens of the two countries and bring new impetus and vision to the China-Pakistan friendship.

Mr Wu drew parallels between Pakistan today and China’s impoverishment in the 80s. He described how China worked its way out of poverty using several strategies, mainly exports to becoming the world leader in exports by a significant margin.

The seminar was closed on the networking session with serving of high tea. The Chinese delegation was served with lunch in faculty cafeteria of CUI. The delegation departed from CUI on a happy note.

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  • Monday, July 16, 2018

  • CIIT

  • SSBC Abbottabad

A national level event “Shepherd’s Pie – Season 4” was organized by Student Startup Business Center (SSBC) on Jun 30th, 2018 at COMSATS Abbottabad. Shepherd’s pie is an initiative of Jumpstart Pakistan which is in line with famous TV series like Dragon's Den and Shark Tank. The objective of the event was to develop entrepreneur mindset among students and to encourage workable business ideas. The Shepherds were ready to fund a viable business idea between $10,000- $100,000 on the day. The top startup idea was to be selected to represent Pakistan at SeedStars Summit in Switzerland to compete for $500,000 in investment. A list of talks by eminent scholars, trainers, mentors and successful entrepreneurs were also a part of the event. The program contained 8 speakers, 6 Shepherds, 3 Jury Members and 10 panelists. The event was attended by more than 400 students from different universities of Pakistan. Out of 8 startup pitches 2 pitches were made by the students of COMSATS Abbottabad. Hafeez Jadoon (BBA) and Mutahir Shafiq Awan (BBA) pitched “Trout Farming|” whereas Syed Azaz Ul Hassan (BSE) presented “Erebbit – An education related portal”. Syed Afzal Shah (In-charge SSBC) warmly welcomed the worthy mentors, trainers, entrepreneurs and participants of the event on behalf of COMSATS Abbottabad. During the panel discussion he impressed upon the need of developing entrepreneur culture at universities by engaging teachers and linking with industry. The session was concluded with a vote of thanks and distribution of shields. Jumpstart Pakistan appreciated the support extended by SSBC Abbottabad and to make it a permanent part of Jumpstart Abbottabad page.      

The list of the session / events and participants is given below:


Mr. Ammar Jaffri - Founder - E Pakistan and Cyber Green Pakistan

Mr. Zaydan Khan- Entrepreneur | Motivator

Mr. Zahid Mehmood- Regional Director North at Intek Solutions

Mr. Wasim Ahmed- Founder - The Oxford Creative Hub

Mr. Abid Iqbal Khari-President Positive Pakistan

Mr. Mohammad Ali Toosy-Six Sigma Black Belt & Lean Practitoner

Mr. Amjad Parvez- Managing Director - TechSolve Global LTD.

Mr. Tafseer Uddin-Director and GM at Pegasus Consultancy Canada Inc


Mr. Malik Mudassir-CEO Appsgenii

Mr. Mr. Atiq Ur Rehman-Executive Director - SA Consulting

Mr. Ahmed Hamdhan-General Manager Hajeej Int. PVT LTD

Mr. Khurram Mujataba-CEO Jumpstart Pakistan

Mr. Wasim Ahmed-Founder - The Oxford Creative Hub

Mr. Amjad Parvez-Managing Director - TechSolve Global LTD.


Mr. Farrukh Mahmood-CEO 11 Values

Mr. Muazzam Arslan Bhatti-Founder & CEO Alfoze Technologies

Mr. Shaikh Ayaz Ali-COO Cooperative Computing


Syed Afzal Moshadi Shah-In-Charge Student Start-up Business Center/Assistant Professor/Program Manager

Syed Arslan Ali Shah-CEO & Founder, Chairman at Connected Pakistan

Mr. Muhammad Jahangir Ahmad-CEO JR international pvt ltd

Mr. Asad Ijaz-CEO Gujranwala 2.0

Ms. Farhat Bashir-CEO Seerab Maps

Ms. Fatima Anila-Chairperson Innovation and entrpreneurship PCCI

Ms. Amna Masood-CEO Maven-Logix

Syed Rizwan Ali-Assistant Professor / Manager Business Incubation Bahria University Karachi

Mr. Rohail Mehmood-CEO VentureCop

Mr. Waqas Co-Founder at VentureCop

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  • Monday, July 16, 2018

  • CIIT

  • CPS

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Centre for Policy Studies (CPS), COMSATS University Islamabad with collaboration of Riphah Institute of Public Policy organized a one-day Seminar on “Ethics and Public Policy” at Junaid Zaidi Library Video Conferencing Hall on July 11, 2018.

The purpose of Seminar was to share insights on ethical foundations of public policy, ethical choices for policy analysis and ethics in foreign policy.

Students, faculty of various universities, members of civil society and research institutes attended the seminar and shared their ideas on different empirical policy aspects on ethical grounds.

Dr. Rashid Aftab, Director Riphah Institute of Public Policy, Dr. Muhammad Imran form Arid Agriculture University, Dr. Kalsoom Sumra, Assistant Professor, CPS and Dr. Imran Syed, Head, CPS, COMSATS University gave presentations at the Seminar.