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  • Tuesday, January 11, 2022

  • CUI

  • SSBC

COMSATS University Islamabad and DICE Analytics (Pvt.) Ltd has signed an Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on 17th December, 2021, to enhance university industry linkages. Further, DICE Analytics will help CUI in professional training/workshops as well as in FYP supervision of CUI students. Pictures of event are attached.

  • Monday, January 3, 2022

  • CUI

  • CCRD

Centre for Climate Research & Development (CCRD) and Centre for Policy Studies (CPS) organized one day workshop entitled ‘Gaming Climate Change’ on December 23 at SSBC, COMSATS University Islamabad. The workshop comprised of card-based activity about climate change in an interactive way. Dr. Mohsin, Dr. Umair, Dr. Farrukh, Mrs. Rabbea and Mr. Zahir were among the organizers from CCRD whereas Dr. Umar took part on behalf of CPS for the workshop. The participants were divided into three groups and each group was given a set of cards depicting climate change creating factors and their effects. The participants arranged the cards and understood the reasons and effects related to climate change. The participants appreciated the interactive nature of workshop which helped in gaining knowledge about the burning issue of climate change. They also committed to spread the word in their organization regarding the burning climate change issues. The workshop ended with a thank note from Dr. Umar the CPS representative.

  • Friday, December 31, 2021

  • CUI

  • CCRD

Akhtar Hameed Khan National Centre for Rural Development (AHKNCRD), an Executive Department of Establishment Division, is responsible for promoting the cause of rural development in Pakistan through its programs of training and research. Training is imparted, interalia to officials of the Local Government and Rural Development Departments, elected representatives, functionaries of Nation Building Department (NBD’s) to improve their professional skills and promote sharing of experiences regarding rural development in Pakistan.

AHKNCRD planned to organize a five days’ training workshop on “Research Methodologies and Techniques for Development” from December 13-17, 2021. The major objectives of the training programme were:

>  To learn approaches of conducting research and formulating research design and proposal.

>  To learn how to conduct literature review and employ referencing and citation techniques.

>  To learn data collection and analysis techniques for different types of research; and,

>  To facilitate sharing of relevant experiences, subject knowledge, and skills among each other.

Dr. Farrukh Raza Amin and Dr. Umair Bin Nisar were nominated for this training workshop from Center for Climate Research & Development (CCRD), COMSATS University Islamabad. The training workshop was kick-off with recitation of the Holy Quran, and welcome remarks of Mr. Israr Muhammad Khan, Director General, NCRD. On December 13th and 14th, Dr. Khushbakht Hina (Associate Professor), Director QEC, NUML, Islamabad delivered presentation on “Research & Sustainable Development Goals in Pakistan and Technicalities in Writing Research Proposal. She also shared her experience to understand the difference between “Theoretical & Conceptual Frameworks and Honest Academic Writing-Issues & Challenges of Plagiarism by following HEC Policy on Plagiarism”. On December 15th, Dr. Obaid Ullah, Manager QEC, NUML, Islamabad delivered lecture on “Technical Issues and Solution of Research Tool and their Validity and Reliability”, while after the break Dr. Muhammad Usman, Database Administrator, PASTIC National Center, Quaid-e-Azam University (QAU), Islamabad presented lecture on “Data Analysis Methods and Statistical Techniques for Data Analysis”. On December 16th, Dr. Muhammad Usman, QAU also gave us “Hands on Learning Practice of SPSS Statistics” to understand the SPSS tool for research. On the final day of the training workshop, Dr. Umm-e-Laila, Assistant Professor, Department of Governance & Public Policy, National University of Science and Technology (NUST), Islamabad shared her research experience to develop a route for “Research Proposal Design and its Writing Plan”. At the end of the day, Mr. Israr Mohammad Khan, DG, NCRD concluded the five days training session and distributed certificates among the participants.

  • Monday, December 27, 2021

  • CUI

  • CCRD

Currently air pollution is a big problem in Pakistan, our metropolitan cities including, Lahore and Karachi are ranking among the most polluted worldwide. For raising awareness on air pollution, CCRD organized a training/workshop on air quality monitoring at COMSATS University Islamabad.  Faculty and students of the CUI participated in this training workshop.

This training workshop was kick-off with recitation of the holy verse, and welcome remarks of the professor Athar Hussain, head CCRD. Dr. Mohsin Raza, Assistant professor, CCRD delivered a brief lecture on the air pollution, source of air pollution, and its impacts on our daily life especially on health and current situation of air pollution in the world and in Pakistan. He also gave some recommendations about how we can reduce our emission from vehicles, industrial activity such as brick kilns, factories, and power plants, and crop burning. Dr. Mohsin also discussed about the methods of air quality monitoring. Mr. Muhammad Zahir gave a brief introduction about air visual pro monitoring device, how it is monitoring different parameters like carbon dioxide (CO2 PPM), fine particulate matter in size of (PM 2. 5 μg/m³).

Participants were divided into different groups for hands on training by using air visual pro monitoring device. Participants monitored indoor air quality as well as outdoor air quality by using air visual pro monitoring device.