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International Workshop on Applications of ICTs organized in Islamabad

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COMSATS co-organized an International Workshop on ‘Applications of ICTs in Education, Healthcare and Agriculture’, in Islamabad, on December 15-16, 2014, in collaboration with Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ISESCO); Inter Islamic Network on Information Technology (INIT), and COMSATS Institute of Information Technology (CIIT).

Over 50 scholars, researchers, subject-experts and academicians from Bangladesh, Egypt, Iran, Jordan, Morocco, Pakistan, Senegal, Sudan, and Tanzania participated in the workshop that was aimed at highlighting the potential of ICTs in revolutionizing various sectors of the economy. In all 17 presentations were made in the three thematic sessions of the workshop spread over two days, which focused on the applications of ICTs in Education, Healthcare and Agriculture. Deliberations focused on the different ways of building competitiveness amid growing challenges of globalization and rapid technological advancements. The presenters shared their experiences and expertise in the light of their successful projects and initiatives in their respective countries.

The inauguration of the workshop, held on December 15, 2014, was presided over by Dr. Tahir Hijazi, Member (Governance, Innovation and Reform), Ministry of Planning, Development & Reforms, Government of Pakistan. Other guests of honour at the inauguration included, Dr. Imtinan Elahi Qureshi, Executive Director COMSATS; Dr. S. M. Junaid Zaidi, Rector CIIT and President INIT; and Mr. Ismael Abdel Hamid, Expert, Science Directorate ISESCO.

In his address as the Chief Guest, Mr. Hijazi acknowledged the efforts being made by organizations like ISESCO and COMSATS in promoting the use of latest technologies in its Member States. He emphasized the need for the developing countries to give due attention to diffusion of new technologies in their development plans. He noted that technological revolution is bringing a paradigm shift in today’s world. If a nation wishes to develop and grow at a fast pace, it has to opt for latest technologies that are creating headways. In this regard, he expressed Government of Pakistan’s commitment to exploit potential of various technologies, especially those related to Information and Communications. While noting the growth attained by COMSATS university over the last 15 years, Dr. Hijazi expressed pleasure and deemed it an exemplary Institute for a developing country like Pakistan. He particularly acknowledged the remarkable progress made by CIIT in terms of its number of publications per year.

Dr. Imtinan Elahi Qureshi, Executive Director COMSATS, noted with satisfaction his organization’s strong working relations with ISESCO and INIT. Sharing some key aspects of I.T revolution the world has experienced in the recent years, he believed there are three major aspects to it: the I.T ecosystems, accessibility, and the content. The revolution, he noted, is dominated by the developed countries and the starting point for the developing countries to gain from this revolution would be to contribute to the content element, which is in conformity with the local needs and social values. He hoped that the participants of the workshop would lay greater emphasis on the content aspect of the I.T revolution.

Mr. Ismael Abdel Hamid, Expert, Science Director ISESCO, appreciated the support and cooperation of COMSATS in jointly organizing a number of international capacity-building events over the years. He considered these events good examples of the South-South cooperation benefiting the common Member States of the two organizations. In this context, he particularly made a mention of the success of regional consultative workshop on National Innovation System and Intellectual Property, held in Morocco last month in partnership with COMSATS.

Dr. S. M. Junaid Zaidi, Rector CIIT and President INIT, noted that the organizers have very wisely chosen the theme of the workshop, which can help improve the socio-economic conditions of masses. Earlier, an introduction to the event, its various themes, and expected outcomes were touched upon by Dr. Sajjad Mohsin, Dean, Faculty of Information Sciences and Technology, CIIT.

The presentations made during the first technical session ‘ICTs in Education’ focused on ICTs for modern skill acquisition; diffusion of ICTs in early schooling; digital watermarking system for e-Education; monitoring and learning education scenarios in Senegal; and persuasive techniques for effective education. Deliberations on the use of mobile phone technology for healthcare; COMSATS Tele-health project; Tanzanian Tele-health case study; Dengue monitoring in Pakistan; as well as psychotherapy through digitization, were made during the second technical session titled ‘ICTs in Healthcare’. While on the second day, the participant of the workshop benefited from technical deliberations focusing on decision support system for agriculture; digital soil mapping of newly reclaimed areas for agricultural uses in Egypt; irrigation optimization for improving crop production; use of agriculture research management information system in Bangladesh, as well as the various ICT applications in agriculture in Sudan.

The event concluded on December 16, 2014, on the note of commitment to exploit the full potential of ICTs for improving the day-to-day life of a common man in the developing world. While giving Vote of Thanks, Mr. Tahir Naeem, the Executive Director INIT, noted that the inspiration gained from the technical talks and experiences of subject experts, strengthens our belief in the multifaceted ways ICTs can be beneficial in education, healthcare and agriculture. At the end, certificates of participation were distributed by Dr. Junaid Zaidi, Mr. Ismael Abdel Hamid and Mr. Tajammul Hussain, the Advisor (Programmes) COMSATS Headquarters.

Upcoming Events

4th International Conference on Agriculture, Food Security and Biotechnology, Rabat, Morocco
Nov 12 – Nov 13 all-day

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Climate-related natural disasters, emerging diseases, rapid growth of World population, and political and social conflicts poses growing threat to food security. These havocs have incapacitated the food availability chain ensuing hunger, poverty and malnutrition around the globe. It is a debilitating fact that globally 815 million people, accounting 11% of the world population, were undernourished in 2016 (FAO 2017) wherein the third-world is bearing the brunt. This scenario, calls for more proactive, innovative yet sustainable approach for attaining and sustaining food self-sufficiency. Besides, the “2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development” is a call for action ending hunger, achieving food security and improved nutrition, and promoting sustainable agriculture.

The rapidly pacing scientific advancements in the field of biotechnology can offer promising tools, techniques, methods and practices for enhancing agricultural productivity while conserving the natural resources in their best form for the future generations. Agriculture biotechnology – one of the arms of biotechnology – is the key to sustainable food systems, value-added crop production, improved nutrition and green economy.

Keeping in view the importance of above-mentioned issue, the Islamic Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (ISESCO), in collaboration with the Commission on Science and Technology for Sustainable Development in the South (COMSATS) and Inter Islamic Network on Information Technology (INIT) is organizing 4th International Conference on ‘Agriculture, Food Security and Biotechnology’, from 12th – 13th November 2018 in Rabat, Morocco. The Conference aims to provide an interactive platform to academicians, scientists and researchers to deliberate upon the burning issue of food insecurity while underpinning the significance of Agriculture, Food Security and Biotechnology.

Academicians, researchers, scientists, policy makers and implementers, and government officials working in the field of Agriculture, Food Security and Biotechnology in the developing countries are encouraged to participate in this international Conference.


The key objectives of this international Conference are to:

  • Provide a forum to scientists, researchers, technologists and faculty members to update their knowledge and share know-how on the recent developments in the field of agriculture and biotechnology;
  • Build and strengthen linkages among R&D/S&T organizations working in the field of agriculture, biotechnology and food security for effective South-South cooperation;
  • Make recommendations to the policy-makers for developing policies and strategies in order to support biotechnology for food security in the common Member States of COMSATS and ISESCO.


Applications for participation are required to be submitted through duly filled-in prescribed form to COMSATS and ISESCO, at the contact addresses given at the end of this announcement on or before Thursday, 1st October 2018.

Moroccan applicants may, however, send their applications till 30th October 2018 directly to ISESCO Headquarters, Rabat.


Travel grants and boarding and lodging will be provided by ISESCO, COMSATS and INIT to a limited number of individuals from the member countries of ISESCO and COMSATS, selected by the International Conference Scientific Committee.



  • Crop breeding, improvement, protection and management
  • Agriculture and sustainable development
  • Agricultural innovation and technology
  • Agriculture Engineering and Agronomy

Food Security

  • Trends and challenges to food security
  • Food Nutrition Security: new concepts and strategies
  • Food safety regulation and standards
  • Food sovereignty, heritage & industry
  • Non-timper forest products and food security
  • Ecosystem based adaptation for food security


  • Genetic improvement of crops using plant biotechnology
  • Functional genomics using genome editing technology
  • Industrial biotechnology
  • Food and bioprocess technology
  • Patent, biosafety, biosecurity, plant breeders rights

For further information, please contact:

Dr. Ismaïla DIALLO
Science Directorate
Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural
Organization (ISESCO)
Tel: + 212 (0) 5 37 56 60 52
Fax: + 212 (0) 5 37 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. Tahir Naeem
Executive Director
Inter Islamic Network on Information
Technology (INIT)
COMSATS Institute of Information Technology,
Park Road, Islamabad, Pakistan
Tel: (+92-51) 90495169, Fax: (+92-51) 9247006

Workshop on Metrology for Least Developed Countries (LDCs), Gebze Kocaeli, Turkey
Nov 26 – Nov 27 all-day

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The important role of the Quality Infrastructure, comprised of metrology, standardization, accreditation and certification institutions, in the process of socio-economic development of countries cannot be overemphasized. They provide a critically important technical foundation for industrial development and global trade, and functioning national measurement systems support in increasing industrial productivity and enhancement of product quality for international markets.

Many developing countries, particularly Least Developed Countries (LDCs), do not have adequate quality infrastructures, which limits their economic development prospects as products and services fail to meet the demands of domestic and international customers as well as requirements imposed by mandatory regulations. A component of this problem is that these countries lack the requisite technical expertise and knowledge concerning the development, operation and maintenance of metrology facilities, which technically underpin all other functions of the quality infrastructure.

There is, therefore, an urgent need to intensify efforts for capacity building of relevant organizations in the developing countries in order to enhance their expertise and upgrade their infrastructure in the area of metrology, thereby also spurring development in other areas of the quality infrastructure and ultimately facilitating industrial development, growth in trade and a rise in societal well-being.


Keeping the above in view, the Commission on Science and Technology for Sustainable Development in the South (COMSATS); and the TUBITAK National Metrology Institute (TUBITAK UME), Turkey; are jointly organizing a two-day workshop on Metrology for the Least Developed Countries.

The workshop will be held on 26 – 27 November 2018 (Monday-Tuesday), which will be hosted by the TUBITAK National Metrology Institute in Gebze, Turkey.


The primary objective of the workshop is to enhance the knowledge-base, expertise and capacity of the institutions working in the field of metrology in the least developed countries, as well as to prepare roadmaps towards addressing their needs to develop metrology infrastructures with the capability of supporting their economies.

The workshop shall also facilitate the building of regional and international partnerships for the sharing of approaches and best practices in the field of metrology.


The workshop will include technical presentations by relevant subject experts and scientists belonging to LDCs, Member States of COMSATS and international development organizations, as well as discussion sessions and laboratory visits.


The focus of the workshop is on the least developed countries, particularly those that are also members of COMSATS, namely Bangladesh, Gambia, Senegal, Somalia, Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda.

The policy makers, scientists and experts in the field of metrology belonging to the least developed countries and the Member States of COMSATS, as well as representatives of relevant international development organizations and donor agencies are invited to participate in the event.


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


Mr. Omer Altan
Head of International Relations Department
Barış Mah. Dr. Zeki Acar Cad. No:1
41470 Gebze, Kocaeli, Turkey
Tel: 90 262 679 50 00 ext. 2901

Mr. Farhan Ansari
Sr. Assistant Director (Programmes)
COMSATS Headquarters,
Shahrah-e-Jamhuriat, Sector G-5/2,
Islamabad, Pakistan.
Tel: +92 51 9214515-7 ext. 209

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