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  • Friday, December 21, 2018

  • CIIT

  • CCRD

Wednesday December 19, 2018

Prof. Adil Najam, Inaugural Dean, Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies; Professor of International Relations and Earth & Environment, Boston University, USA, visited COMSATS University Islamabad on the invitation of Prof. Dr. Athar Hussain, Head CCRD, on Wednesday 19 December 2018.

Prof. Dr. Athar Hussain held a one on one meeting with Prof. Adil Najam. In the sitting, possible ways and means of research collaboration between CCRD and Boston University were discussed.  Prof. Athar briefed about the achievements of CCRD in the short span of four years and future endeavors which CCRD aims to achieve in the field of Climate Science.

Later, CCRD faculty joined the discussion and briefly introduced to Prof. Najam about themselves, their ongoing research assignments, collaborations, projects and future programs.

CCRD Faculty sought Prof. Najam’s opinion in getting International funding for projects and collaboration with Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies Boston University, USA. Prof. Najam provided his inputs to various queries and conveyed his appreciation that CCRD is the pioneer center on climate change amongst universities in Pakistan and should continue to focus research on climate science.

Meeting ended with a note of thanks from Prof. Dr. Athar Hussain to Prof. Adil Najam for his time and valuable suggestions to CCRD team.

  • Tuesday, December 18, 2018

  • CIIT

  • CPS

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Centre for Policy Studies (CPS), CUI, Islamabad held a meeting with selected experts on refugees, statelessness, and disaster management on 27 November 2018 at

CUI Islamabad campus.
 The aim of the meeting was to explore opportunities for possible future collaboration in researching these issues. The meeting was attended by Mr. Muhammad Aslam, Additional Secretary/In charge SAFRON; Mr. Idrees Mahsud, Member DRR, NDMA; Ms. Ghazala Mirza, UNHCR; Mr. Waseem Rahman, UNHCR; and Dr. Imran Syed, Head, CPS. 

  • Tuesday, December 4, 2018

  • CIIT

  • CCRD

Dr. Imtinan Elahi Qureshi, former Executive Director, COMSATS Secretariat along with members of Pakistan Nuclear Society (PNS) called on Prof. Dr. Athar Hussain, Head CCRD on Friday 30 November 2018.

The discussion was about proposed PNS based three-day conference on Water Issues in March 2019. Prof. Dr. Athar Hussain informed that CCRD had contributed in consecutive two world water days (2017 & 2018) in collaboration with Pakistan Council for Research in Water Resources (PCRWR) and CCRD faculty had done an international project on water in collaboration with UNDP and IISD and prepared a comprehensive report.

It was decided to organize the conference comprised of presentations on various relevant topics, poster competition on general and research-based themes along with scientific talks to highlight the ever-growing demand of water.

Later, Prof. Dr. Athar Hussain thanked Dr. Imtinan Qureshi and his team for their visit to CCRD and assured possible collaboration in future and souvenirs were presented to guests.

  • Tuesday, October 30, 2018

  • CIIT

  • INIT

In regard to the ongoing work of INIT pertaining towards the gap analysis study for people with disabilities, communique was initiated between Mr. Tahir Naeem (Executive Director INIT), Mr. Mohamed Abida (ICT Advisor to President IDB), and Prof. Tim Unwin UNESCO Chair in ICT4D in December 2017.

The talks were successful in enticing interest from IDB in terms of invitation of INIT Delegation to the 43rd Annual Meeting of the IDB Board of Governors in Tunis, Republic of Tunisia from 1-5 April 2018 (

The visit was in part to explore further linkages at IDB regarding the newly launched $500 Million transform fund for science technology and innovation.

During the event, sidelines meetings and discussions were held between the INIT delegation and Dr. Hayat Sindi, Chief Scientific Advisor on Science, Technology and Innovation to President IDB on how to further enhance the scope of INIT’s ongoing work with People with Disabilities. Meeting was also held between Mr. Habib Dababi. Secretary of State of Digital Economy, Ministry of ICT, Republic of Tunisia and the INIT Delegation to brief them about the ongoing activities of INIT in the region and how the Network can facilitate further with their ongoing initiatives like ‘Smart Tunisia’ utilizing upon the funding available from IDB under its Technical Cooperation Program.

Furthermore, a data revalidation visit to the town of Sousse was also conducted for visiting the blind schools in Tunisia and a focus group was conducted.

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  • Friday, October 26, 2018

  • CIIT

  • CCRD

A meeting with BS Economics 2nd semester students was held at Centre for Climate Research and Development (CCRD) on 25 October 2018.

Dr. Muhammad Abid, Assistant Professor CCRD introduced his students to Prof. Dr. Athar Hussain, Head CCRD. Later, Prof. Dr. Athar Hussain briefly discussed aims, objectives and functioning of CCRD. Head CCRD apprised that the expansion of climate science activities is the prime objective of CCRD.

Possible opportunities for internships at CCRD were also discussed. Students expressed their interest in seeking research assignments/internship opportunities at CCRD and thanked Prof. Dr. Athar Hussain for insightful discussion.