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Thailand Ambassador's Visit (5 Jan 2017)
  Friday, January 6, 2017 CIIT
Kamran Lashari,

On 5th January, 2017 CIIT hosted a meeting and central library tour for H.E. Mr. Suchart Liengsaengthong – Ambassador of the Kingdom of Thailand with Ms. Marisa- Counselor at Royal Thai Embassy. The tour was guided by Ms. Zainab Ali and Mr. Ghazanfar Ali from CIIT International Office. H.E. Mr. Suchart Liengsaengthong was very well guided and made aware of the facilities available at central library. He was briefed about group study rooms, IT faculties, online available e-books, mobile app for library access, research cubicles and video conferencing room. CIIT library provides convenient access to quality information resources, and an environment that encourages study and personal growth. Library is equipped with most modern technologies like RFID System and Library Management System. His Excellency was quite impressed with the ongoing work and has suggested for a launch of “Thailand Book Corner”.

After the central library tour the guests headed towards the meeting which was cheered by Head of International Office- Dr. Arshad Salim Malik who was joined by Advisor International Office- Dr. Abdul Aziz Khan, Head of Metrology Department- Dr Kalim Ullah, International Faculty from Thailand- Dr. Vanisa Surapipath, Assistant Professor Computer Science- Dr. Sheikh Zia Uddin, Assistant Professor Management Sciences- Mr. Shahid Mehmood and General Manager ORIC- Dr. Fahim A. Qureshi. All these personnel have been linked to Thailand through work or education; therefore, having them on board added productive conversation and discussion points to the meeting.

The highlight of the meeting was collaborative ventures with Thai government and universities on various forums. Today, CIIT has expanded it horizons internationally and with ongoing humongous amount of research and development, with vast array of subject courses being taught at 7 campuses across Pakistan are all such distinguishing points that persuaded H.E. Mr. Suchart Liengsaengthong for further conventions even including a “CIIT campus tour for Thai students”.


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Visit of the Iranian Delegation to CIIT Research Labs
  Friday, December 30, 2016 CIIT
Kamran Lashari,

In continuation of the first successful visit and a talksession of the Iranian Ambassador H.E Mr. Mehdi Honardoost at CIIT, on 15th December,2016, H.E along with 3 other delegation members namely,Prof. Saeed Sarkar,the Secretary General of Iran Nanotechnology Initiative Council(INIC), Prof. Ali Baitollahi, the Director of international Collaboration & Nano Standardization Committees (INIC)and Dr. M.A Naji Rad, Research Councellor Emmbassy of I.R of Iran;came to visit the active research labs of CIIT. The delegation was cordially welcomed by Dr. Malik Head (IO), Dr. Altaf Karim, HOD Physics and other IO officials. The delegates were first lead to the Nanotechnology Research Labs, where Dr. Shahid explained the research work being actively carried out by the researchers and students. Prof. Saeed Sarkar and Dr. Ali Baitollahi took great interest in the briefing and discussed various forms of research done in Nanotechnology.

The Iranian guests were next ushered to the Research Labs of the Physics department which included Cold Plasma Lab, Applied Thermal Physics Lab, Radiation Lab and Laser Lab. A detailed account of research being done was given, focusing on different materials and energy efficient devices being studied for energy generation which include Nano Fiber Composites, Thermo Electric and Semi Conducting Materials, Ferrites etc. Special interest was shown by Dr. Sarkar in indigenously designed electro spinning unit. In the Radiation Lab,different instruments, detectors and sources used for radiation measurement were also shown. It was elaborated that the future goal of the lab is to extend its experiments for developing a map of Pakistan which can identify places that are more radioactive and dangerous for living and construction.

The IO officials thenaccompanied the dignitaries tothe Biosciences department where Dr. Tayyaba Yasmin their Head, welcomed the guests with a bouquet of flowers. The Iranian visitors were briefed about the nature of active research taking place in the Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, Biotechnology (BMBB), Bioinformatics and Cancer Genetics Labs. The Iranian Professors asked various questions which were addressed by our experts. Some specific areas that were discussed included food nanotechnology, prospects of agricultural biotechnology and cancer genetics research. Dr. Sarkar explained aboutthe research done in Iran for development of Nano biosciences to detect certain types of cancers at an early stage.

After the visit of Biosciences labs, the delegates were warmly received by the Head and the Associate Head of the CS department. The visitorswere first shown the ComSens Research Lab where H.E the Ambassador of Iran addressed the students and senior faculty members present, stressing the need to establish strong educational connections between the two countries.After that, Dr. Malik, Head IO elaborated about the quality education and expansion of CIIT across seven campuses in Pakistan. A detailed presentation was given by Dr. Majid Iqbal, Head CS department, about the accomplishments and research contributions of his department. The In charge ComSens Lab briefed the delegation members about the research achievements of the lab. Prof. Saeed Sarkar being the Head of Iran Nanotechnology Council addressed the audience in detail about the wide scope of nanotechnology as it encompasses all aspects of life technologies and the future of using smart nanotechnology in everything. He said it is the need of the hour thatMuslim countries must hold hands and work together to become independent and achieve the common objectives of peace, economic development and endurance. During his talk, he also highlighted the remarkable progress made by Iran in Nanotechnology and how their Nano based products are being exported to many parts of the world. He further emphasized that the top universities of both the countries mustcollaborate to take benefitfrom each other’s expertise.A quick visit to the ASERG lab was also conducted for the delegation where a detailed demonstration of the T-Eye Threat Intelligence Platform was given by the In charge ASERG Lab who also explained how CIIT is working together with the industry to find solutions for ever increasingcybersecurity challenges.

The respected guests were then treated for a lunch hosted for them in the faculty cafeteria, where signing of an Intent of Cooperation with CIIT also came under discussion. CIIT was also invited to participate in an International Conference hosted by Iran to be held in November, 2017. Dr. Rad the Research Counsellor at the Iranian Embassy suggested that faculty and student exchange programs should be started as well.

The souvenirs were exchanged from both sides followed by a group photo. H. E and other delegates were very thankful, satisfied and appreciative for a well-arranged and insightful visit and left with a hope to commence the Pakistan- Iran University and industry partnership process soon.


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Twenty-Five Turkish Instructors visit CIIT
  Tuesday, December 20, 2016 CIIT
Kamran Lashari,

CIIT today, 19th December 2016, hosted a large cohort of twenty-five Turkish Instructors currently pursuing English language course at NUML university Islamabad. These instructors after completion of their course will be posted at different Pak Turk Schools and Colleges in Pakistan or abroad. 

The delegates arrived at CIIT campus at around 9:15 and were accompanied by four NUML officials including their head of department Brig ® Mohammad Asif.

After a warm reception, the delegates were escorted to the library basement where talks were arranged. Introductions and exchange of pleasantries took place, then, Ms. Zainab Ali delivered a comprehensive CIIT presentation highlighting CIIT’s growth, international rankings, and activities. This elicited queries about our academic programs, CIIT scholarships, Pak China relationship, international students, admission procedure for international students etc.

Subsequently, Mr. Arif Awan, Senior Program Officer, delivered a Turkey specific presentation highlighting CIIT’s engagement with Turkey till date and what could be done together. Hearing this, the Turkish side agreed that they would help publicize CIIT for inducting students and faculty from Turkey.

After the talks, a vote of thanks was extended by Dr. Abdul Aziz Khan, Advisor (IO), who expressed his desire to host the delegation again. The program then concluded by a group photo, some refreshments and a quick tour of the campus.


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Secretary General, Afro – Asian Rural Development Organization (AARDO) Visited CIIT
  Monday, December 19, 2016 CIIT
Kamran Lashari,

Eng. Wassfi Hassan El-Sreihin, Secretary General, Afro – Asian Rural Development Organization (AARDO) paid his second visit to CIIT on December 9, 2016. He also visited the COMSATS Institute of Information Technology in December 2014. Overall, it was his 4th visit to Pakistan. Mr. Israr Muhammad Khan, Director National Centre for Rural Development (NCRD) Pakistan was accompanying the Secretary General. NCRD serves as the regional office of the Afro – Asian Rural Development Organization.

A meeting was held between Secretary General AARDO and the International Office (IO) of the CIIT. Dr. Arshad Malik (Head IO), Dr. Abdul Aziz Khan (Advisor IO), Dr. Tariq ur Rahman (Advisor IO), Mr. Kashif Masood (Deputy Registrar) and Akif Sattar (Coordination Officer) were present in the meeting. Dr. Malik briefed Secretary General regarding different achievements of CIIT in the field of academics and research and with reference to its enviable international ranking among the world and regional universities. Eng. Wassfi acknowledged the efforts and contribution of CIIT in the field of education and research. Secretary General expressed his interest to enrich the Data Bank of AARDO by having the resumes of the experts from the field of agriculture and its related fields from CIIT for possible utilization of their expertise on need basis. 

It was noticed that both CIIT and AARDO have been facing a challenge in reaching out to each other for various collaborative activities. However, Mr. Israr Muhammad Khan (Director NCRD) assured that henceforth the communication between the two organizations would be made much smoother and quicker via the good offices of NCRD. The Secretary General also introduced the bi-annual research journal of AARDO and welcomed contributions of CIIT research scientists to this journal from the field of agriculture research and development.

The Secretary General AARDO emphasized that AARDO’s platform is open for young faculty and research students of CIIT for capacity building and other training programs organized by AARDO across different regions of the world including Africa, South Asia, South East Asia and the Middle East. It was reciprocally also highlighted that CIIT is currently hosting around 400 students and most of them are from African countries. Hence it was a good opportunity for the international students particularly from the African region, to avail highly subsidized scholarships under the banner of AARDO.

The Secretary General AARDO expressed his gratitude over warm reception and hospitality of CIIT for having him for another time in this beautiful green campus. He was hopeful that both institutions will keep on chasing new opportunities of mutual interest and growth of the organizations.

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Visit of the Iranian Ambassador to CIIT
  Wednesday, December 7, 2016 CIIT
Kamran Lashari,

On Monday 5th Dec, 2016 the Iranian Ambassador was invited to visit CIIT. His visit was yet another effort by the International Office (IO), to promote and take ahead the globalization of higher education.  Upon arrival, the Head IO, Dr. Malik and Head CPS along with other officials gave a warm welcome to the Ambassador and his accompanying officials. Afterwards he was given a tour of CIIT’s radiantly colored Library followed by a quick walk through the Day Care Center and the Student Affairs Section.

A meeting session of the Ambassador with higher officials of CIIT was organized which was chaired by the Worthy Rector CIIT, Dr. S.M Junaid Zaidi. The Head IO, Dean Sciences, Dr. Arshad Saleem Bhatti, Head CPS, Ambassador Fauzia Nasreen, Head Boisciences, Dr. Tayyaba Yasmin, Head Humanities, Dr. Fayyaz Ahmed Faize, from the Higher management were in attendance along with the other officials. In the meeting, Head IO, Dr. Malik comprehensively briefed His Excellency about the history, growth, academics, research, achievements, rankings and internationalization efforts being actively carried on at CIIT since its inception in 2000. The Ambassador was very pleased and lauded the commendable performance and contribution of CIIT towards reaching for excellence in higher education and research on science and technology.  H.E showed his expressed intent to come again for a detailed visit of CIIT’s Research Labs. After the meeting a high-tea was arranged for an informal interaction between both the sides.

Later H. E Mr. Honardoost also delivered a talk, organized by the CPS. The opening remarks were given by the Head CPS, Ambassador Fauzia Nasreen. The topic of his talk was, “Prospects of ECO and Pakistan- Iran Relations”. In his talk, Mr. Mehdi Honardoost stressed on the need of maintaining very good and brotherly relations with each other for attaining common objectives of peace, economic growth and stability in the region.  He further showed his willingness to work together in the fields of education, research and technology sharing.  An interactive question and answer session further clarified the points in the minds of the audience. A Vote of thanks was given by the Head IO, and the final words of appreciation were extended by the worthy Rector with presentation of souvenirs to the guests, who were then seen off and the worthwhile visit was concluded.


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