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COMSATS-ISESCO Workshop on Repair and Maintenance of Scientific, Engineering Equipment Inaugurated in Iran

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The 7th COMSATS-ISESCO National Workshop on ‘Repair and Maintenance of Scientific, Engineering Equipment in Universities, Research Institutions and Small Scale Industries’ commenced on September 28, 2014, in Karaj, Iran. Under the COMSATS-ISESCO bi-annual cooperation programme (2014-15), the five-day workshop is being jointly organized by the Commission on Science and Technology for Sustainable Development in the South (COMSATS); the Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ISESCO); COMSATS’ Centre of Excellence in Iran, the Iranian Research Organization for Science & Technology (IROST); Standard Research Institute (SRI), Iran; and Instructors Training Centre (ITC) of the Technical and Vocational Training Organization (TVTO), Iran. The University of Tehran and ITC are hosting the event, which is the seventh of the series of workshops, started in 2004. The main objective of the workshop is to develop indigenous capacities of the Iranian scientists and institutions for repair and maintenance of their scientific equipment needed for uninterrupted scientific R&D activities.

The workshop was inaugurated by the Acting President for International Cooperation, IROST, Dr. Mahmoud Molanejad, on September 28, 2014. Dr. Abbas Sadri, Director of ISESCO Regional Office in Tehran; Mr. Nisar Ahmad, Deputy Director (Systems), COMSATS and Dr. Maryam Jalili, SRI, represented their organizations at the inaugural ceremony. Also present on the occasion were the senior officials and representatives from the organizing institutions, the registered trainees, and representatives from various scientific institutions of Iran.

The inaugural speeches and messages in general underscored the significance of repair and maintenance of scientific equipment for smooth R&D activities. Welcoming the representatives from COMSATS and ISESCO, experts and participants, Dr. Molanejad appreciated the holding of the workshop on such an important theme in Iran. Dr. Sadri, who was also representing the Director General ISESCO, H.E. Dr. Abdulaziz Othman Altwaijri, hoped that the workshop would result in strengthening the capacities of the participants for the upkeep of their scientific instruments and building linkages among them. Dr. Sadri also communicated D.G. ISESCO’s reaffirmation of supporting such activities in future. It was also noted that ISESCO has placed the preventive and run-time maintenance of laboratory equipment in its Annual Action Plan as one of its priorities. Speaking on behalf of Dr. Imtinan Elahi Qureshi, the Executive Director COMSATS, Mr. Nisar Ahmed recalled the history of the series of which the ongoing workshop is a part and thanked ISESCO for sustained cooperation between the two organizations.

During the course of the workshop (28th September to 2nd October 2014), over 60 researchers, academicians, technicians, and engineers from different organizations of Iran are being imparted training by resource persons from Pakistan Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (PCSIR), Pakistan, Dr. Muhammad Yaqub and Mr. Arif Karim.

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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

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