COMSTECH Holds Meeting With S&T Institutions Of Most To Explore Avenues Of Cooperation With OIC Countries

Prof. Choudhary Offered S&T Institutions Support In Linkages With Institutions In OIC Member States For Joint Projects

Coordination meeting between COMSTECH and the S&T organizations and institutions affiliated with the Ministry of Science and Technology (MoST), Pakistan held at COMSTECH on Tuesday.

The meeting was chaired by the Additional Secretary, MoST, Dr. Syed Ata-ur-Rehman. In his welcome remarks Dr. Rehman said that there is a need of improved coordination between science and technology institutions and COMSTECH. He said that the government is committed to achieve the goal of success in the development of science and technology. Dr. Rehman said that having COMSTECH is a great privilege as well as a challenge. He emphasized the need of mutual cooperation and coordination among S&T institutions. Dr. Rehman said to have doable projects in the minutes of the meeting for circulation among the S&T institution for implementation.

Prof. Dr. M. Iqbal Choudhary, Coordinator General, COMSTECH welcomed the heads of 12 leading S&T institutions participated in the meeting. He shed light on the establishment of COMSTECH, its mandate and status in Muslim World. Prof. Choudhary emphasized the need of linking Pakistani S&T organizations and institutions with the institutions of same mandate in other OIC member states to achieve socio-economic development through mutual cooperation and coordination and to accomplish successful science diplomacy. Prof. Choudhary offered S&T institutions full support in creating linkages with institutions in OIC member states for joint projects and programmes. He said the job of COMSTECH is to serve OIC states to develop their own S&T capacity building, help building inter-institutional linkages for developing result oriented projects.

The meeting was attended by the heads of 12 leading S&T institutions affiliated with MoST: PCRWR, PCSIR, NUTECH, CUI, PCST, STEDEC, NIE, NIO, PNAC, PHA, PSF and PCRET. The heads of institutions presented their prospective projects, discussed future plan and gave recommendations. Next meeting would be hosted by COMSTECH in which all institutions would present doable projects for seeking funding from international funding agencies and partner organizations from OIC states.