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10th ISESCO-COMSATS’ National Workshop held on ‘Repair and Maintenance of Scientific, Engineering Equipment in Universities, Research Institutions and Small Scale Industries’, in Almaty, Kazakhstan

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The 10th National Workshop on ‘Repair and Maintenance of Scientific, Engineering Equipment in Universities, Research Institutions and Small Scale Industries’ was successfully held from October 02-06, 2017, at KazNU, Almaty, Kazakhstan. The workshop was jointly organized by COMSATS, ISESCO, KazNU, Kazakhstan under ISESCO-COMSATS biennium Cooperation Programme for 2016-2017. The event was hosted by Al Farabi Kazakh National University (KazNU), Republic of Kazakhstan, a COMSATS’ Centre of Excellence in Kazakhstan.

The event was organized within the framework of EXPO 2017 Astana (Future energy) and the declaration of OIC summit (September 2017, Astana) on the theme “Science, technology, innovations and modernization in the Islamic world”. The latter emphasized to “increase the investment in Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) and that the transfer of science and technology is one of the principal ways of accelerating the economic development of developing countries”.

The aim of the series of workshops is to build indigenous capacity of the local scientists and institutions in the developing countries and promoting self-reliance for upkeep of scientific equipment being used in research Labs. More than 60 participants including senior scientists, engineers and technicians from various research institutions and universities of Almaty, and other cities of Kazakhstan, benefited from the training provided by the COMSATS’ international experts.

The event was inaugurated on October 02, 2017 by Prof. Dr. Tlekkabul Ramazanov, Vice-Rector for Research & Innovations, Al Farabi Kazakh National University (KazNU), Kazakhstan. The inaugural ceremony was co-chaired by Mr. Tajammul Hussain, Advisor (Programmes), COMSATS. The ceremony was attended by a number of senior officials of KazNU, Ministry of Education and Science, Kazakhstan and other organizations. The distinguished guests included Dr. Zayadan Bolatkhan, Dean of Faculty of the Biology and Biotechnology; Dr. Yerdos Ongarbayev, Dean Faculty of Chemistry and Chemical technology; Dr. Vitaly Salnikov, Dean Faculty of Geography and Environmental Sciences; Dr. Serik Muhambet Zhanov, Head Department of Science and Innovation; Dr. Askar Davletov, Faculty of Chemistry and Chemical Technology; Dr. Bisenbaev Amangeldy, Director, SRI of Biology and Biotechnology Problems; Dr. Skakova Aizhan, SRI of Ecological Problems; Dr. Kalugin Sergei, SRI for New Chemical Technologies and Materials; Dr. Kenesov Bulat, Center of Physico-Chemical Methods of Research and Analysis; Dr. Muratov Mukhit, National Nanotechnology Open Laboratory; Dr.Temirbaev Amirhan, Scientific Technology Park; and Dr. Batyrshev Didar, Laboratory of engineering profile Al-Farabi KazNU. Mr. Nisar Ahmad, Deputy Director (Systems), COMSATS; and the two experts from the Pakistan Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (PCSIR), Mr. Arif Karim and Mr. PirBuksh Khan were also present on the occasion.

In his opening remarks, Dr. Ramazanov commended both ISESCO and COMSATS for organizing this important national workshop and hoped that new techniques taught and learnt during the workshop would enhance the expertise on repair and maintenance of scientific instruments. He also lauded the participants’ hands on training provided on various scientific instruments in different labs, and participants making the best use of this opportunity.

Mr. Hussain read out the message of Executive Director COMSATS, Dr. S. M. Junaid Zaidi, who extended gratitude to ISESCO and KazNU, Kazakhstan. Sharing the experience of the previous workshops on the theme, he informed that more than 380 scientists, engineers and technicians have been previously trained on troubleshooting of various instruments in similar 9 workshops. He hoped that the event would facilitate linkages among the participants and experts for future networking and interaction.

Mr. Hussain also read-out the message of H.E. Dr. Abdulaziz Othman Altwaijri, Director General ISESCO. In his message, Dr. Altwaijri noted that it is important to prioritize the maintenance of equipment in order to achieve continuous production and avoid costly interruption in R&D endeavors. He expressed his satisfaction over ISESCO-COMSATS collaboration and pledged to continuously support this partnership for the benefit of common Member States. He also reaffirmed ISESCO’s readiness to increase the number of such workshops in the OIC Member States.

The ten technical sessions of the workshop comprised of lectures and hands-on training and troubleshooting and repairing of the scientific equipment in the different labs of KazNU. First half of the day was reserved for lectures/theoretical part of the workshop while in second half of the day, hands-on training and practical demonstrations were conducted to consolidate the learning.

Using the knowledge and techniques learnt during the workshop, the experts and participants successfully repaired/made operational a number of expensive and important equipment in various labs including: Spectrophotometer Lambda 35, PerkinElmer, Auto Distillation Unit (ADU-4), Laboratory Reactor LR-2/ST (Germany) UNIZIK, FTIR Systems CM1201, Liquid Chromatograph, FTIR Systems FSM, Spectrophotometer Shimadzu UV 3600, Highly effective liquid chromatography (HELC) SYCAM, Alloy analyzer (spectrometer) Agilent 725, ICP-MS Agilent 7500 USA, IR-Spectrometer Nicolet IR200, Mass Spectrometer / Chromatech-crystal 5000 and Auto Distillation Unit.

Interactions with professionals working in these labs further added for the trainees’ experience.

Speaking at the Concluding Ceremony held on 6th October, 2017, Prof. Dr. Ramazanov and Mr. Hussain delivered a vote of thanks for the experts and participants of the workshop who shared a unique experience of co-working in the labs. They emphasized the need to set up centralized facility and group for repair and maintenance of scientific instruments and for greater collaboration among the developing countries for relevant R&D projects. Both thanked the Organizing Committee members from ISESCO, COMSATS, and KazNU for working hard to make the event a success. They hoped that the interactions and networking during the workshop continue in future.

The participants expressed their gratitude to COMSATS and ISESCO for organizing the workshop which enhanced their existing capacities.

The ceremony concluded with the distribution of certificates by the Prof. Dr. Ramazanov and Mr. Hussain among the experts, participants, and the Organizing Committee members. The workshop has encouraged and promoted self-reliance among Kazakhstani scientists and institutions for indigenously repairing and maintaining their scientific equipment to help them save time, effort and finances involved in outsourcing the task.

Upcoming Events

Seminar on SDGs Implementation: The Collaboration among Universities
Dec 12 all-day

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The Inter-University Consortium for the Promotion of Social-Sciences (IUCPSS), the largest alliance of more than 45 private and public universities, is launching its latest initiative entitled the ‘International Student Convention & Expo 2019: Securing Our Future’, an expo that runs from 10-13 December, 2018 at the Pak-China Friendship Center, in Islamabad, Pakistan. The event would provide an opportunity to Pakistani youth by providing a platform for interaction, networking and a range of diverse learning activities spread across the three days.

The event comprises of participation from 100+ Universities and Vice-Chancellors, 30+ countries, and 300+ international students to align youth efforts with global challenges and demands to attain the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). In order to channelize the youth to attain the SDGs, IUCPSS in collaboration with the Higher Education Commission of Pakistan (HEC) and the Commission of Science and Technology for Sustainable Development in the South (COMSATS) is holding a Seminar entitled ‘SDGs Implementation: The Collaboration among Universities’, on 12th December, 2018.

The Seminar would be an open forum to formulate clusters for the realization of the SDGs amongst the participating Universities, comprising of interactive brainstorming among the participants with an exclusive focus on the 17 SDGs. The session would initiate a process where the participants would voluntarily align their respective institutions with one or more than one SDGs and show commitment in formulating a plan with other participating Universities in the same areas of interest. Universities’ involvement in this event at the highest level will provide roadmap to the educational institutions in Pakistan towards achieving these goals. The seminar would be marked with the presence of leading figures, experts, and policy and decision makers to share their ideas on the realization of the SDGs.


Mr. M. Bilal Chouhan
Director (A&E)
COMSATS Secretariat, Islamabad
Tel: (051) 9214515-7

Ms. Rida Bokhari
Sr. Programme Officer
COMSATS Secretariat, Islamabad
Tel: (051) 9214515-7 Ext. 216

11th National Training Workshop on Repair and Maintenance of Scientific Instruments/ Equipment in Universities, Research Institutions, and Small Scale Industries, Gebze, Turkey
Dec 17 – Dec 21 all-day

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Scientific Research and Development activities are the most effective and sustainable tools in achieving long term national economic growth for the developing countries. A large proportion of this research is customarily conducted in the educational and industrial organizations, both in public and private sectors. The pace of research largely depends on the skills of the scientists and technicians, and the availability of well-maintained scientific instruments. In developing countries, lack of planning, in purchase and management of inventories and severe shortage of technical expertise related to repair and maintenance of the same greatly hampers smooth progress of research programmes. In this context, the teaching and research institutions suffer more from delayed research output and the industrial units face production losses.

Unfortunately, the concerned management in most of the developing countries, including Islamic Countries, do not pay enough attention to establish maintenance facilities, resulting in discarding a large number of very expensive instruments and equipment. These losses can be averted by spending a fraction of money on the effective and preventive repair and maintenance processes as compared to the costs incurred due to time losses and procurement of the new instruments and by providing relevant training to the operators, concerned engineers and technicians of such instruments, equipment, etc. There is a great need to develop an indigenous capacity to repair and maintain the scientific equipment in the developing countries, since inviting foreign experts for this purpose is time-consuming and economically unviable. Manpower adept in repairing and maintaining scientific equipments of all sorts used in the teaching and research institutions and industries can ensure uninterrupted research work, and thus lead to an overall socioeconomic development of a country.

To enable Islamic countries to achieve technological self – reliance in setting up of repair and maintenance facilities and to reduce technological dependence on foreign experts, national training workshop is being organized by the Commission on Science and Technology for Sustainable Development in the South (COMSATS); in cooperation with Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ISESCO); and TUBITAK, Republic of Turkey. The national workshop entitled “Repair and Maintenance of Scientific Instruments/ Equipment in Universities, Research Institutions and Small Scale Industries” will take place in Republic of Turkey, from December 17-21, 2018. The Workshop is intended to highlight the issues/problems related to the maintenance of scientific engineering equipments used in universities, research institutions and small scale industries. Two experts from Pakistan would provide hands-on training to the participants of the workshop for upgrading their skills and enhancing their capacities in repairing, maintaining and troubleshooting important scientific engineering equipments in their organizations. The workshop encompassing interactive lectures and practical training is a part of the COMSATS-ISESCO series, under which similar events were held in Kazakhstan (2017), Nigeria (2016), Ghana (2013 & 2015), Oman (2015), Iran (2014), Sudan (2013, 2005 & 2004),Tunisia (2012), Egypt (2011), Senegal (2010) and Syria (2005). These workshops have benefited over 420 scientists, engineers and technicians by building their expertise and capacity to indigenously repair and maintain scientific instruments used in the labs of R&D institutions as well as small-scale industries in their respective countries.


The workshop has the following objectives:

  • To demonstrate the process of repairing the defective instruments by the experts;
  • To provide hands-on training to the participants for improving their skills for independently maintaining and repairing the scientific instruments;
  • To update the participants’ knowledge on the latest techniques involved in the operation of scientific instruments;
  • To acquaint the participants with the functioning of scientific instruments through need-based training, as well as documentation of the repair and maintenance activities;
  • To update the trainees’ knowledge on changing and new technologies in scientific equipments;
  • To facilitate information-exchange among scientists, researchers, technicians, service engineers, and industrialists for enhancing the existing scientific capacity.


The working language for the Workshop will be English.


Professional technicians, scientists, researchers and service engineers from academic and research institutions, hospitals and industries of Republic of Turkey are encouraged to register for the national workshop.


Mme EL ALAMI Wafaa
Supervisor of ISESCO Centre for Promotion of
Scientific Research
Avenue des F.A.R. – Hay Ryad
B.P. 2275 – C.P.10104
Rabat – Kingdom of Morocco
Tel : +212 (0) 537 56 60 52/53
Fax: +212 (0) 537 56 60 12/13

Mr. Tajammul Hussain
Advisor (Programmes)
COMSATS Headquarters
Shahrah-e-Jamhuriat, G-5/2 Islamabad – Pakistan
Phone: +92-51-9204892, 9214515-7 Fax: +92-51-9216539

Mr. Nisar Ahmad
Deputy Director (Systems)
COMSATS Headquarters
Shahrah-e-Jamhuriat, G-5/2 Islamabad – Pakistan.
Tel: (+92-51) 9214515-17 Fax: (+ 92-51) 9216539

Dr. A. Ömer ALTAN
Head of Department
International Relations Dept.
TÜBITAK Ulusal Metroloji Enstitüsü
Baris Mah., Dr. Zeki Acar Cad. No.1
41470 Gebze Kocaeli
Ph +90 262 679 5000 x 2901; Fax +90 262 679 5001

8th COMSATS‐ISESCO-INIT International Workshop on “Internet Security: Enhancing Information Exchange Safeguards”, State of Qatar
Dec 23 – Dec 27 all-day

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Information Technology is now considered a necessity for the general public and organizations in various sectors. However, it presents various risks in the form of cyber-attacks and has, therefore, evoked many privacy and security concerns. The frequency of cyber-attacks is considerably increasing every year, and the nature of security risks is constantly evolving. Therefore, effective surveillance networks are needed to ensure that the information and networks are protected from attacks, damage and unauthorized access, through the use of appropriate technologies, processes and practices.

In view of the above, the Commission on Science and Technology for Sustainable Development in the South (COMSATS); the Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ISESCO); and the Inter Islamic Network on Information Technology (INIT) took the initiative of spreading awareness on this important field in the developing countries, particularly in their Member States, by means of organizing a series of training workshops. The earlier events of this series were held in Syria (2011), Jordan (2012), Tunisia (2013), Tanzania (2014), Turkey (2015), Morocco (2016) and Kazakhstan (2017).


The eighth five-day International Workshop on ‘Internet Security: Enhancing Information Exchange Safeguards’ is being jointly organized by ISESCO; COMSATS; INIT, on 23-27 December 2018, in Qatar.


The workshop aims to provide a forum to the young scientists/professionals from the developing countries to learn about the latest advancements in the field of Internet security; promote the use of state-of-the-art technologies for protection of network and network-accessible resources from different types of malicious attacks; and identify effective Internet/information security solutions for general public, governmental organizations and commercial ventures through rigorous risk-analyses and security management approaches.


The workshop includes technical presentations, tutorials and hands-on training sessions by a group of renowned subject experts. It will cover major aspects of Internet/information security, ranging from theoretical understanding of cryptographic algorithms to practical subtleties of the network systems, and will also address the related managerial and technical issues. Moreover, a handful of network security tools will be demonstrated to provide opportunities to the participants to update their knowledge-base and interact with experts for further collaborative undertakings.


Following are the key topics of the workshop:

  • Information Security Risk Assessment/Management
  • Network Security: Modern Attacks, Evasion Techniques and Defenses
  • Malicious Code Analysis and Detection
  • Measuring Security
  • Ethical Issues of ICT Security
  • Organizational Security Standards, Policies and Guidelines
  • Cryptographic Techniques for Network Security
  • Web Security
  • Social Network Security
  • Cloud Computing Security
  • Digital Forensics Procedures and Tools


Young researchers, practitioners, academicians, executives, system administrators, system programmers, and students working in the field of Internet/information security and cryptography are invited to participate in the workshop.


The workshop is expected to enable the participants to:

  • Understand Organizational Security Structure and their particular security requirements;
  • Analyzing and mitigating the Information security risks;
  • Understand network protocols, models, topologies and related security threats;
  • Understand major modern-day cryptographic algorithms and protocols;
  • Understand how to send secure emails;
  • Use Full Disk Encryption (FDE) tools, including TrueCrypt;
  • Understand the anti-virus, anti-spyware tools and firewalls;
  • Understand the working of major web-security applications;
  • Understand the working of contemporary biometrics systems;
  • Understand organizational security measures, risk assessment tools and techniques and implement appropriate policies and procedures for a given organization;
  • Understand different aspects of cyber security; and
  • Understand and use various types of ethical hacking tools to secure the networks, including: network sniffing, spoofing and poisoning; port scanning and vulnerability analysis; offline and online password attacks; buffer overflow; and root-kits and trojans.


Partial or full financial support will be provided to selected foreign participants from Member States of COMSATS, ISESCO and INIT.


Dr. Muhammad Nabeel Anwar
Director (Science and Technology)
Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ISESCO)
Avenue des F.A.R, P.O. Box 2275, PC Code 10104
Hay Ryad-Rabat, Morocco.
Tel: +212-537-566052/53; Fax: +212-537-566012/13

Dr. Aicha Bammoun
Science Directorate
Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ISESCO)
Avenue des F.A.R, P.O. Box 2275, PC Code 10104,
Hay Ryad-Rabat, Kingdom of Morocco.
Tel: +212- 5-37566052-53; Fax: +212- 5-37566012-13

Mr. Tahir Naeem
Executive Director
Inter Islamic Network on InformationTechnology (INIT)
COMSATS University Islamabad (CUI)
Park Road, Chak Shehzad, Islamabad, Pakistan.
Tel: +92-51-90495169; Fax: +92-51-9247006

Mr. M. Atiq ur Rehman
Sr. Program Officer
Inter Islamic Network on Information Technology (INIT)
COMSATS University Islamabad (CUI)
Park Road, Chak Shehzad, Islamabad, Pakistan.
Tel: +92-51-90495024; Fax: +92-51-9247006

Mr. Tajammul Hussain
Advisor (Programmes)
COMSATS Headquarters
Shahrah-e-Jamhuriat, G-5/2, Islamabad, Pakistan.
Tel: +92-51-9204892; Fax: +92-51-9216539

Mr. Farhan Ansari
Sr. Assistant Director (Programmes)
COMSATS Headquarters,
Shahrah-e-Jamhuriat, G-5/2, Islamabad, Pakistan.
Tel: +92 51 9214515-7; Fax: +92 51 9216539

Workshop on Water Resources: Expected Crises and Strategies of Predomination, at National Research Centre, Egypt
Mar 11 – Mar 12 all-day