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Second International Workshop on ‘Applications of ICTs in Education, Healthcare and Agriculture’ held in Morocco

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The 2nd International Workshop on ‘Applications of ICTs in Education, Healthcare and Agriculture’ was successfully held in Rabat, Morocco, on November 23-25, 2015. Hosted by the National Institute of Posts and Telecommunications (INPT), Rabat, the event was jointly organized by COMSATS, the Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ISESCO) and the Inter-Islamic Network on Information Technology (INIT).

The event, a part of a series of workshops on the theme, was aimed at strengthening the capability of software and application developers, researchers and students involved in designing practical applications for addressing the Member States’ common development challenges in the areas of education, healthcare and agriculture. This series of workshops also help propose relevant policy measures for improving governance structures in the thematic areas of the workshop. The first event of the series was held in Islamabad, during December 2014.

The inaugural session of the Rabat workshop was held on November 23, 2014, and presided over by Prof. Ahmed Tamtaoui, Director Research INPT. Mr. Abdul Majid Qureshi, Research Scholar at COMSATS, read out a message of the Executive Director COMSATS, while Mr. Attiq-ur-Rehman, Senior Programme Officer at COMSATS Institute of Information Technology (CIIT) read out a message of Mr. Tahir Naeem, Coordinator/Executive Director INIT. Speaking on the occasion, Dr. Ismail AbdelHamid, Science Expert, ISESCO, welcomed the participants on behalf of ISESCO and the organizers. Around 60 subject specialists, researchers and students from 11 countries, including Egypt, Gambia, Ghana, Iran, Jordan, Morocco, Pakistan, Palestine, Senegal, Sudan, and Uganda participated in the inaugural function.

The technical proceedings of the event spread over six technical sessions of the workshop comprised of talks and presentations that introduced applications of ICTs having impact on the management issues related to Health, Education and Agriculture in the developing world. ICTs was presented as a means to secure the future of smaller economies by effective low-cost management of resources, and ensuring efficiency and transparency. Some of the main topics deliberated upon were cancer-treatment planning software for clinical electroporation; raising nutritional awareness on the usage of soymilk as an alternative to dairy milk in Sudan; designing a diagnostic support system for mammography; disease monitoring and education management; improving access to healthcare in Uganda using ICTs; vital signs monitoring by video processing on mobile phone; task scheduling in the operating room of the hospital systems; risk assessment of the healthcare system using the Bayesian network model: applications for the operating rooms; real-time monitoring through e-agriculture; MapClim system, early warning mechanism to climate change in Africa; interpretation of data on agriculture in Senegal; blending of satellite images for irrigation management; role of telecentres in e-agriculture; agriculture through integration of mobile applications and GPS; communications between agriculture institutes as a tool in the future of agriculture in Egypt; learning at the basic education level in Ghana; digital management of STEM education service delivery in Gambia; e-learning for the people with disabilities and out of school children; Palestinian governmental interoperability framework; education in Iran; and development of learning materials for ICTs in education.

Institutions and organizations represented during the workshop included: Iranian Research Organization for Science & Technology (IROST), Iran; Gedaref Digital City Organization, Sudan; Ministry of Higher Education, Research, Science and Technology, Gambia; Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), Ghana; National Research Centre (NRC), Cairo, Egypt; PMAS-Arid Agriculture University, Pakistan; University Alioune Diop of Bambey, Senegal; Royal Scientific Society (RSS), Jordan; Uganda National Council for Science and Technology (UNCST), Uganda; Industrial Research and Consultancy Centre (IRCC), Sudan; Ministry of Telecommunication and Information Technology, Palestine; Al-Quds University, Palestine; and COMSATS Institute of Information Technology, Pakistan. Moroccan institutions participating in the event included: Mohammadia School of Engineering (EMI), Rabat; GIE Galileo Morocco Group, Rabat; National School of Mines of the City of Rabat (ENSMR), Rabat; National School of Applied Sciences (ENSAK), Kenitra; National School of IT and Systems Analysis (ENSIAS), Rabat; National Institute of Statistics and Applied Economics (INSEA), Rabat; Lab4Net, Rabat; and National Institute of Agricultural Research (INRA), Rabat.

A competition entitled ‘APPIDEA 2015’ was announced on the second day of the workshop. Ph.D students from various institutes were invited to participate by presenting innovative ideas for developing new applications in the thematic areas of the workshop. Eight presentations were registered for the competition. The 13 participants of the competition were students studying in various disciplines in two institutes of Rabat, INRA and INPT. The students were mentored by subject-experts including Dr. Mubashir Riaz Khan, Pakistan; Dr. Shervin Amiri, Iran; Dr. Redouane Qasrawi, Palestine; Dr. Fidaous Bennis, Morocco; and Dr. Ahmed Eisa, Sudan. The exercise was meant to simulate a multicultural research environment whereby students were to seek mentorship from different experts from a different national background.

The ideas presented during the competition reflected the immense potential of Moroccan research students in trying to address development and societal problems by using knowledge gained in the workshop. The judges evaluated the work based on the following criteria: significance of the problem, systematic problem solving approach, benefits to society and sustainability, and the quality of the presentation. The top two presentations were awarded a cash prize of 500 Moroccan Dirhams during the closing ceremony. The winning application idea was presented by two Ph.D students, Amal Ibn El Hobyb and Fatimazahra Berrehili entitled ‘Chno Ndir’. The idea that secured second position, entitled ‘Intelligent Framework For P-Positioning Safety and Care’ was presented by two Ph.D students from INPT, Ilham Elhandaoui and Mourad Ghafiri. Two ideas, namely ‘Curewell’ and ‘iSprinkle’, presented by Azough Zainab and Khaoujai Imane stood third.

Dr. Ahmed Tamtaoui, Director of Research, INPT, presided over the closing ceremony of the event held on November 27, 2015. In his closing remarks, he noted that the developing countries should support and strengthen their capacity in ICT innovation and diffusion. He thanked the organizers for choosing INPT to host this important workshop and offered his institution’s support for similar workshops in future. Dr. AbdelHamid in his vote of thanks appreciated the strenuous efforts of the organizers for making the event successful. He encouraged the participants to give their feedback to further improve the outcomes of the future events of this activity. On behalf of COMSATS, Mr. Abdul Majid Qureshi gave the concluding remarks, thanking the Ph.D students for their active participation in the workshop and the international speakers for taking out time to share their experiences and expertise.

The event concluded with a ceremony of certificate distribution for the speakers and participants.

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