A four-member delegation led by Mr. Yaya Sireh Jallow, Vice Minister/Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Higher Education, Research, Science and Technology from The Gambia visited CIIT on September 14, 2017. The other officials included Prof. Dr Faqir Muhammad Anjum, Vice Chancellor, University of The Gambia (UTG), Prof Dr Ousman Nyan, Deputy Vice Chancellor, UTG, Samba Sow, SSTO, MOHERST and Mr. Abdul Qayyum from HEC. The delegation was warmly welcomed by Dr. Malik, Head International Office and his team along with Mr. Wajid Kamran, Deputy Registrar at 9.05 am. The purpose of the visit was to get acquainted with CIIT and discuss matters of mutual interest including scholarship opportunities for the Gambian students at CIIT.
The delegates were first shown around the campus including physics and CS labs. They also visited the state-of-the-art Junaid Zaidi library from which they were greatly impressed due to its vibrant and colorful ambiance.
After the campus tour, the delegates were led to the Rector’s Conference Room to attend a meeting arranged by International Office with participation from selected Departments like Mathematics, Computer Science and Management Science. The meeting was chaired by Prof. Dr. Izhar Hussain, Registrar. After formal introductions, Professor Izhar Hussain gave a comprehensive briefing on CIIT, its impressive growth, national and international standing and its outreach activities.
Mr. Yaya Sireh Jallow thanked CIIT for the warm welcome and complimented CIIT for its fast growth and development. While speaking about The Gambia, Prof. Dr. Faqir Muhammad shared that it is a small country of about 2 million peace loving people, with only one university i.e., UTG, therefore support and scholarships from CIIT are direly needed for the Gambian youth. Prof. Dr Ousman Nyan while sharing his views mentioned about UTG’s interest in enhancing its expertise in Medicine and therefore would very much seek support from CIIT.
Prof. Dr. Izhar Hussain informed the delegates that CIIT is offering different programs in health sciences like Pharmacy, medicinal plants research, biomedical materials, human diseases research, etc. He also mentioned soon a medical college will also be established in Vehari campus. Furthermore, he offered CIIT’s full support to UTG.
While speaking on the occasion, Dr. Arshad Malik, Head IO, informed that The Gambia became a member of COMSATS last year and already CIIT has granted 6 scholarships to the qualified Gambian youth. One student is currently enrolled in CIIT while five others are expected to join very soon. He shared that among the 36,000 students that are currently studying in CIIT. He mentioned that while CIIT has completely waived tuition fee for the Gambian nationals, COMSATS Headquarters is providing the international travel cost to them.
The meeting ended with a vote of thanks to each other and exchange of souvenirs. A group photo marked the end of the visit.
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