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AARDO Chief Visits CIIT (December 12, 2017)

Monday, December 18, 2017

Eng. Wassfi Hassan El-Sreihin, Secretary General, African – Asian Rural Development Organization (AARDO) paid his third visit to CIIT on December 11, 2017. He also visited the COMSATS Institute of Information Technology in December 2014 and December 2016. Mr. Israr Muhammad Khan, Director National Centre for Rural Development (NCRD) Pakistan was accompanying the Secretary General.

A meeting was held between Secretary General AARDO and the Rector, joined by Dr. Sajjad A. Madani (Director Virtual Campus), Mr. Tahir Naeem (Director P,D & HRD), Mr. Kashif Masood (Deputy Registrar) and Ms. Sara Saleem Malik (program Officer). Prof. Dr. Raheel Qamar (T.I) Rector, briefed Secretary General regarding different achievements of CIIT in the fields of academics and research and with reference to its enviable international rankings among the world and regional universities. Rector offered expertise of CIIT in fields of e-Learning, Biotechnology, Environmental Sciences & Water Sanitation, Physics and Computer Science. He also offered to host workshop at CIIT for AARDO’s nominated group.  Secretary General acknowledged the efforts and contributions 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 fields 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. Therefore, it was decided to nominate focal persons for active collaboration between both sides. The Secretary General also introduced the 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. It was reciprocally also highlighted that CIIT is currently hosting around 500 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 meeting ended with a vote of thanks to each other and presentation of souvenirs to the guests. The delegates then visited the Campus and ‘Junaid Zaidi Library.’ They were briefed about the latest well equipped facilities available in the library for faculty members and students

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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