Commission on Science and Technology for Sustainable Development in the South (COMSATS)

COMSATS Celebrates its Silver Jubilee

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COMSATS celebrated its 25th Anniversary in a simple ceremony held at its Secretariat in Islamabad. Dr. Parvez Ahmed Butt, Founding Executive Director of COMSATS, graced the occasion with his presence as the Chief Guest. Also present during the ceremony were officials from COMSATS Secretariat, COMSATS University Islamabad (CUI) and COMSATS Internet Services (CIS).

Welcoming the guests, the Executive Director COMSATS, Dr. S.M. Junaid Zaidi, gave a brief account of COMSATS’ history since inception. He also appreciated and recognized the support of the key figures that played a crucial role in this struggle for establishing an Organization mandated to promoting sustainable development through science and technology. He considered Dr. Parvez Ahmed Butt most notable among these.

Speaking on the occasion, Dr. Butt stated that teamwork and due delegation of work is the key for successful operations of any organization. Speaking with a gathering of over 80 people, he shared the journey of establishment of CIS, the pioneer ISP of Pakistan that made it possible to have ICTs application in the country in the fields of IT, education and health.

In his remarks on the occasion, Prof. Dr. Raheel Qamar, Rector CUI, greatly acknowledged the hard work and efforts of Dr. Zaidi in taking COMSATS University Islamabad (CUI) forward as its Founding Rector. He considered his leadership pivotal for bringing the University on the road of prosperity and earning it a place in top 5 universities of Pakistan.

Also on the occasion, Dr. Arshad Saleem Bhatti (Dean Faculty of Sciences of CUI), distinguished scientist who has recently been awarded Pakistan’s Star of Excellence for his contributions in the field of nanotechnology and applied physics, shared his views regarding the significance of South-South Cooperation and considered organizations like COMSATS, ICTP and TWAS important in bringing developing countries together for technological cooperation and scientific linkages.

A celebratory cake was also cut on the occasion along with curtain-raising of stamp issued by COMSATS on its Silver Jubilee.

Upcoming Events

The Fourth General Meeting of COMSATS, Accra, Ghana
Oct 29 all-day

COMSATS General Meeting is the apex forum that brings together the Heads of Member States (currently 27) for highest level policy guidelines and general direction for the organization’s programmes in pursuit of its mission. The first General Meeting of the Commission was held in 1994 that led to the establishment of COMSATS itself. Since then, two more meetings have been held in Islamabad (16-17 April 2012), and Accra (27-28 October 2015), respectively. The fourth General Meeting of the Commission convened by Hon. Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo- Addo, President of Ghana, is scheduled to be held on 29th October 2019, in Accra, Ghana.

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Accra Forum on Science and Technology for Sustainable Development, Accra, Ghana
Oct 30 all-day

The Accra Forum on S&T for Sustainable Development being organized under the patronage of COMSATS’ national focal point in Ghana, the Ghanaian Ministry for Education, Science, Technology, and Innovation will create awareness, share information on available mechanisms and tools for SDGs implementation, apart from recommending approaches to accelerate progress towards 2030 Global Agenda. During the Forum, Heads of State/Government and Ministerial-level officials; representatives from United Nation agencies and other international organizations; members of the diplomatic community; stakeholders from private sector, research organization; academia and media, through dialogues, debates and group meetings will deliberate upon the ways and means for effective translation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

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5th COMSATS-ISESCO-INIT International Conference on Agriculture, Biotechnology and Food Security: Role of ICTs, Monastir, Tunisia
Nov 4 – Nov 6 all-day