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  • Friday, January 6, 2017

  • Business

  • Kamran Lashari

CCRD organized a “Training Workshop on Drinking Water Quality” in collaboration with Institute of Water Sanitation and Hygiene (IWASH) and Pakistan Council for Research in Water Resources (PCRWR), Islamabad on May 5, 2015 at CCRD, CIIT and Islamabad.

  • Friday, January 6, 2017

  • CIIT

  • Kamran Lashari

Anjum Rasheed Conducted a training workshop on 'Knowledge Management for Climate Change Adaptation' organized by RSPN and also Invited for lecture on 'Climate Change: Concept and Context'  & “'Global Scenario of Climate Change' on October 06, 2015 at the Training of Master Trainers organized by Rural Support Programmes Network (RSPN) at PC Bhurban, Muree.

  • Monday, January 2, 2017

  • CIIT

  • Kamran Lashari

The Inter Islamic Network on Information Technology (INIT) successfully convened 5 – day International Training Workshop on ‘Internet Security: Enhancing Information Exchange Safeguards’ from December 19 – 23, 2016 at Rabat, Kingdom of Morocco. The other collaborating partner institutions with INIT included Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ISESCO); and the Commission on Science and Technology for Sustainable Development in the South (COMSATS). This was the 6th edition of this very successful Workshop being organized since 2011. The earlier editions of the Workshop were held in Syria (2011), Jordan (2012), Tunisia (2013), Tanzania (2014), and Turkey (2015).

The Workshop was inaugurated by Dr. Tariq Mahmood, Director (Sciences), ISESCO. During his inaugural address, Dr. Tariq Mahmood warmly welcomed the foreign experts and participants of the Workshop. He expressed his gratitude for the experts and participants for ensuring their participation. He stated that the rate of evolution of Internet is very high, as the world-wide demand of connectivity is increasing, which requires IT experts and cyber security professionals to continuously update their knowledge and skills. While enlightening the critical relationship between the connectivity, confidence, and security, he informed the participants that ISESCO is striving to create a critical mass of IT experts in the Islamic countries, in order to protect information available online. In this regard, he admired the experts/resource persons of the Workshop for traveling long distances in order to train the participating IT professionals and update their skill-sets so that they in turn can effectively perform their duties, and possibly contribute as master trainers in their respective organizations/countries in the future. He hoped that the Workshop will be able to achieve the desired results. He also expressed his gratitude for the INIT and COMSATS as the collaborating partners of the event with ISESCO. 

Engr. Tahir Naeem, Executive Director, INIT welcomed the participants and resource persons to the Workshop. He briefly introduced the audience about the establishment, objectives, and programs of INIT and encouraged them to benefit from the wide range of activities being organized by INIT. He also apprised the participants about the the outreach of the 5 earlier editions of this Workshop wherein over 160 practitioners from around 50 countries have been trained. While emphasizing the importance and vital role of Interconnectivity, he stated that a Network’s strength is based on the effective interconnectivity of its nodes which include (from INIT’s perspective) scientists, professionals, academicians, I.T. practitioners, the institutions, the neighbourhoods, and the cities and the countries they come from. Hence, considering making reliance on internet for interconnectivity, calls understanding its strengths. He highlighted the enormous magnitude of the rapidly changing internet and stated that Internet has proved to be a source of real social and economic benefit where access to information shifts economic power from producers to consumers by reducing asymmetric control of and access to information, bringing producers and service providers closer to their users, sharpening competition and benefiting consumers and society in general.

After giving some interesting numbers about the huge usage of internet in different socio-economic sectors, Engr. Tahir Naeem cautioned the audience that if controls are not exercised, it can cause more harm than its benefit and poses a huge risk of exposure to a new domain of misuse and malicious intents. He emphasized equipping ourselves with advanced technologies for safeguarding our digital presence and stressed the need of putting safeguards in place for protection against malicious activities. With a brief overview of the vital areas of internet security being covered under the 5 day’s program of the Workshop, he appreciated the keen rather an over whelming response from INIT member states for sending nominations. He also appreciated the collaborating partners of INIT for their cooperation and specifically thanked ISESCO for making logistics and other allied arrangements for the Workshop. He also thanked the resource persons for the highly valuable time they spared for the Workshop.

Earlier, Mr. Fazal Abbas Maken, Executive Director COMSATS, in his message read out by Mr. Tajammul Hussain, Advisor (Programmes) COMSATS, extended gratitude to organizers, resource persons, and participants of the Workshop. He noted that the general public and organizations/companies rely heavily on computers, laptops and smart phones connected to the Internet for performing various day-to-day activities. He stated that the cloud-based operations require the information/personal documents to be stored on remote servers, which render organizations, particularly businesses and financial institutions, at a higher risk as the stolen internal documents can cause a tremendous amount of financial losses. He, therefore, stressed the need of capacity-building of cyber security professionals and IT experts in order to ensure that the identities, documents and passwords of individuals, organizations and businesses are not compromised. He acknowledged the consistent support of ISESCO and INIT towards COMSATS’ programmes and activities in the common Member States, and looked forward to more fruitful collaboration in future.

The technical sessions of the five-day Workshop were attended by 40 young researchers, academicians, system administrators and cyber security professionals, belonging to Gambia, Iran, Ivory Coast, Palestine, Sudan, Uzbekistan and the Kingdom of Morocco. The event provided an excellent forum to the participating researchers and professionals to learn about the latest advancements in the field of Internet security; use of state-of-the-art technologies for protection of network and network accessible resources from different types of software attacks; and working out effective Internet/information security solutions for general public, governmental organizations and commercial enterprises through rigorous risk analyses and security management approaches.

Speaking at the Concluding Ceremony held on 23rd December 2016, Dr. Tariq Mahmood thanked the subject experts/resource persons of the Workshop for sharing knowledge and expertise with participants. He called for greater collaboration among the developing countries in this important field. Dr. Mahmood thanked the Organizing Committee members from ISESCO, INIT and COMSATS for working hard to make this event a success. He also thanked the local and foreign participants for their active participation during the Workshop. He hoped that the connections made during the Workshop will be maintained for future collaborations and learning. The ceremony concluded with the distribution of certificates by the representatives of ISESCO, COMSATS and INIT among the resource persons, local and foreign participants, and Organizing Committee members.

For further highlights of the Workshop, please visit the links given below:

  • Thursday, December 3, 2015

  • Education

  • Faisal H. Roshan

COMSATS Institute of Information Technology (CIIT) conducted a three-day workshop on ‘Personality Development’ from Dec 1-3, 2015, which was attended by 36 non-teaching participants from CIIT’s eight campuses and some other universities.

The workshop was organized by the Institute’s training wing – the Faculty Development Academy (FDA) and sponsored by the Higher Education Commission (HEC), under its Modern University Governance Program.

At the inauguration, Mr. S. M. Junaid, Director FDA, gave an overview about FDA’s activities. He informed that objective of the workshop was to enable employees to grow personally by translating their abilities into better morale and enhanced productivity, resulting in greater retention by their organization. Eminent scholars and professionals imparted the training through lectures and case studies.

Speaking to the participants at the closing ceremony of the workshop, on Thursday, Dr. S. M. Junaid Zaidi, Rector CIIT, highlighted the significance of the training in a very inspirational manner. For him, the purpose of such trainings was to create a learning environment by transferring a sense of devotion and commitment.

Later, certificates were awarded to the participants for successfully completing the workshop.

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