COMSATS is an intergovernmental organization with its permanent Secretariat based in Islamabad, Pakistan. Established in 1994, the organization comprising 24 Member States, strives to promote South-South cooperation in the fields of Science and Technology that are most relevant to socio-economic development. A Network of 20 Centres of Excellence in four continents affiliated with COMSATS, provides the necessary pool of human resources and scientific infrastructure for undertaking a variety of capacity-building programmes, bilateral and multilateral cooperative research and consultancy/advocacy for the promotion of S&T as primary ingredient of national development plans. The mission of COMSATS is to help create a world where all nations are at peace with one another and capable of providing good quality of life to their populations in a sustainable way using modern S&T resources.
COMSATS also provides an institutional platform for North-South technical cooperation in areas of common interest such as Energy, Health, Education, Information Technology, and Environment. The flagship projects of COMSATS in Pakistan are open to all Member Countries for training and consultancy.
19th Meeting of COMSATS Coordinating Council Takes off in Islamabad
The meeting of COMSATS’ most important statutory body, the Coordinating Council started in Islamabad today after elaborate preparations and coordination with COMSATS' Network of Centres of Excellence... [ Read more ]
28th April 2016
Regional Workshop on Biosafety and Biosecurity in Life Sciences Research Successfully Concluded in Islamabad
The Regional Workshop on Biosafety and Biosecurity in Life Sciences Research successfully concluded in Islamabad, Pakistan, on 28th April 2016. The event, held at Pakistan Academy of Sciences (PAS), was jointly organized by COMSATS, ISESCO, and PAS. The Federal Secretary, Ministry of Federal Education and Professional Training,.... [ Read more ]
26th April 2016
COMSATS-ISESCO-PAS Regional Workshop on Biosafety and Biosecurity in Life Sciences Research inaugurated
The Regional Workshop on Biosafety and Biosecurity in Life Sciences Research, Islamabad, was inaugurated by the Federal Secretary, Ministry of Climate Change, Government of Pakistan, Mr. Syed Abu Ahmad Akif, on April 26, 2016, at the premises of Pakistan Academy of Sciences (PAS). The event is being jointly organized by COMSATS, ISESCO,.... [ Read more ]
19th April 2016
COMSATS' Science Diplomacy Lecture Highlights Science Needs for Microbial Forensics
A lecture under COMSATS' Science Diplomacy Programme, entitled 'Biosurveillance: Science Needs for Microbial Forensics' was held on April 19, 2016, at COMSATS Secretariat, Islamabad, Pakistan. The lecture delivered by Dr. Habib Bokhari, Professor of Microbiology & Immunology at the Department of Biosciences, COMSATS Institute of ... [ Read more ]
29th February 2016
COMSATS' Science Ambassador Emeritus delivers Talk on Science Diplomacy
The second lecture under COMSATS' Science Diplomacy Programme was delivered by Executive Director COMSATS and COMSATS' Science Ambassador Emeritus in the field of Science Diplomacy, Dr. Imtinan Elahi Qureshi, in a select gathering of scholars and academicians at the Faculty Development Academy of COMSATS Institute of Information .... [ Read more ]
31st December 2015
COMSATS strengthened ties with its Focal Point in Nigeria and Pakistani High Commission in Abuja
Mr. Farhan Ansari, Sr. Assistant Director (Programmes), COMSATS Headquarters, visited Abuja in connection with COMSATS' two capacity building events, organized in collaboration with ISESCO and National Mathematical Centre (NMC), Nigeria: International Conference on Mathematical Modeling and Second Meeting of COMSATS' .... [ Read more ]
Capacity-building in various fields of science and technology that are most relevant to the developmental needs of the Member States constitute a major part of COMSATS’ Programmes. Some of the capacity-building activities of COMSATS, in the form of seminars, workshops and conference, have become recurrent features over the years. These activities are mostly held in collaboration with partner international partner organizations, like UNESCO, ISESCO, INIT, as well as COMSATS’ affiliated Centres of Excellence in the Member States. Some key recurring activities include:
COMSATS created International Thematic Research Groups (ITRGs) with an objective to achieve South-South cooperation by undertaking well-defined joint research projects in various S&T fields with the participation of researchers and scientists belonging to different R&D institutions from COMSATS' member countries and other developing countries.
The eight ITRGs of COMSATS with designated Lead Centres from amongst COMSATS’ Network are: Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) (CIIT-Pakistan); 1. Agriculture, Food Security and Biotechnology (NRC-Egypt); Natural Products Sciences (ICCBS-Pakistan); Climate Change and Environmental Protection (ICCES-China); Materials Science (RSS-Jordan); Mathematical Modeling (NMC-Nigeria); Construction Materials (BRRI-Ghana); and Renewable Energy (IROST-Iran). The focus of these ITRGs is on joint research projects, expert-exchange, short-term trainings and sharing of facilities/laboratory resources. The Groups’ membership is open to all willing relevant institutions from the developing countries.
In view of the slow ingress of information technologies in developing countries and their critical importance for the greater pace of socio-economic development, COMSATS launched three projects in its host country during the period 1996-2001. These projects involved provision of reliable Internet services, high quality education in information technology, and utilization of Internet as a means of delivering healthcare services. These pioneering initiatives, two of which have become full-fledged institutions, are now designated as 'Flagship Projects' of COMSATS. The experience gained over the years in the operation of these ventures, listed below, is an invaluable resource for COMSATS' Member Countries.