The Coordinator General of
Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Ministerial Standing Committee on
Scientific and Technological Cooperation (COMSTECH) Prof. Dr. Muhammad Iqbal
Choudhary visited COMSATS University Islamabad (CUI) on July 16, 2020. Prof.
Choudhary was warmly welcomed by Rector CUI Prof. Dr. Raheel Qamar. The formal
meeting was attended by the senior management of CUI including the Rector,
Registrar, Dean Sciences, Eminent Professors, Director CUI Lahore Campus/
Executive Director Inter Islamic Network on Information Technology (INIT) who
joined meeting through video link and the Head International Office. Program
Officer COMSTECH also attended the meeting.
The Rector gave details of
different CUI activities, its engagements with OIC member countries,
scholarships and research fellowships given to OIC member countries and long
list of activities of INIT. In addition, he gave different research initiatives
which CUI took for Covid testing and supply of ventilators during the pandemic.
Prof. Dr. Arshad Bhatti gave details of his research work especially with Philips.
The Registrar gave details of different research activities, patents filled/
awarded and their commercialization. The Executive Director INIT/ Director CUI
Lahore campus gave details of different activities of INIT.
The Coordinator General COMSTECH appreciated
CUI efforts for offering different scholarships/ fellowships, research &
development activities for combatting Covid-19; and activities of INIT. He
briefed about the future areas and priorities of COMSTECH to work jointly with
CUI. Various possibilities to enhance Science and Technology cooperation were
mutually discussed. Prof. Choudhary proposed further cooperation with CUI with
a focus on African countries, women in science and Muslim minorities in
The Coordinator General COMSTECH
further suggested to establish a COMSTECH funded consortium of excellence which
will offer Research Fellowships of 6-12-month duration, opportunities of
mobilities for distinguish scholars to travel among OIC world for structured
research & development activities and to offer technical trainings on
scientific equipment(s) among the member countries.
Coordinator General COMSTECH
informed that INIT is one of the most active networks of COMSTECH. It was
agreed to further mobilize INIT to initiate work on Artificial Intelligence and
Big Data. It was discussed that INIT should hold multiple events in year 2021,
at least one each in the geographical areas of African, Arabian, and Central
It was also agreed to sign
collaboration between the two entities to further strengthen collaborative
activities as well as work jointly for the betterment of Muslim ummah.
At the end, a CUI memento was
presented to the honorable guest by Rector CUI and a group photo was snapped.
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