COMSATS is an intergovernmental organization with its permanent Secretariat based in Islamabad, Pakistan. Established in 1994, the organization comprising 23 Member States, strives to promote South-South cooperation in the fields of Science and Technology that are most relevant to socio-economic development. A Network of 20 Centres of Excellence in four continents affiliated with COMSATS, provides the necessary pool of human resources and scientific infrastructure for undertaking a variety of capacity-building programmes, bilateral and multilateral cooperative research and consultancy/advocacy for the promotion of S&T as primary ingredient of national development plans. The mission of COMSATS is to help create a world where all nations are at peace with one another and capable of providing good quality of life to their populations in a sustainable way using modern S&T resources.
COMSATS also provides an institutional platform for North-South technical cooperation in areas of common interest such as Energy, Health, Education, Information Technology, and Environment. The flagship projects of COMSATS in Pakistan are open to all Member Countries for training and consultancy.
Dinner in honour of Ambassadors of COMSATS Member Countries and joining of Palestine as COMSATS' 23rd Member State
COMSATS marked its 21st Anniversary, October 5, 2015, with the induction of Palestine as COMSATS' 23rd Member State. A graceful ceremony in this regard was held in Islamabad after an Ambassadorial dinner held for the diplomatic missions of COMSATS Member Countries/States... [ Read more ]
14th - 18th September 2015
5th International Workshop on 'Internet Security: Enhancing Information Exchange Safeguards' concluded in Ankara
The 5th International Workshop on 'Internet Security: Enhancing Information Exchange Safeguards' was jointly organized by the Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ISESCO); the Commission on Science and Technology for Sustainable Development in the South .... [ Read more ]
14th September 2015
COMSATS holds Seminar to Commemorate the UN Day for South-South Cooperation
The Commission on Science and Technology for Sustainable Development in the South (COMSATS) in collaboration with the Centre for Policy Studies (CPS) of COMSATS Institute of Information Technology (CIIT) held a National Seminar on 'South-South Cooperation: Towards a Sustainable Future', in Islamabad,.... [ Read more ]
14th September 2015
5th International Workshop on Internet Security inaugurated in Ankara
The 5th International Workshop on 'Internet Security: Enhancing Information Exchange Safeguards' was inaugurated by Prof. A. Arif Ergin, President of the Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TUBITAK), Government of Turkey, on 14th September 2015, in Ankara, Turkey.... [ Read more ]
23rd - 27th August 2015
National Training Workshop on "Repair and Maintenance of Scientific Engineering Equipments in Universities, Research Institutions and Small Scale Industries"
The 8th national workshop on "Repair and Maintenance of Scientific Engineering Equipments in Universities, Research Institutions and Small Scale Industries" successfully concluded on August 23-27, 2015 in Rustaq, Oman.... [ Read more ]
26th August 2015
Incumbent Chairman Consultative Committee Briefed about COMSATS on his visit to the Secretariat
The new Federal Secretary, Ministry of Science and Technology (MoST), Government of Pakistan, Mr. Fazal Abbas Maken, who is an ex-officio Chairman of COMSATS' Consultative Committee, visited COMSATS Secretariat- Islamabad for a briefing on COMSATS..... [ Read more ]
Capacity-building in various fields of science and technology that are most relevant to the developmental needs of the Member States constitute a major part of COMSATS’ Programmes. Some of the capacity-building activities of COMSATS, in the form of seminars, workshops and conference, have become recurrent features over the years. These activities are mostly held in collaboration with partner international partner organizations, like UNESCO, ISESCO, INIT, as well as COMSATS’ affiliated Centres of Excellence in the Member States. Some key recurring activities include:
COMSATS created International Thematic Research Groups (ITRGs) with an objective to achieve South-South cooperation by undertaking well-defined joint research projects in various S&T fields with the participation of researchers and scientists belonging to different R&D institutions from COMSATS' member countries and other developing countries.
The eight ITRGs of COMSATS with designated Lead Centres from amongst COMSATS’ Network are: Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) (CIIT-Pakistan); 1. Agriculture, Food Security and Biotechnology (NRC-Egypt); Natural Products Sciences (ICCBS-Pakistan); Climate Change and Environmental Protection (ICCES-China); Materials Science (RSS-Jordan); Mathematical Modeling (NMC-Nigeria); Construction Materials (BRRI-Ghana); and Renewable Energy (IROST-Iran). The focus of these ITRGs is on joint research projects, expert-exchange, short-term trainings and sharing of facilities/laboratory resources. The Groups’ membership is open to all willing relevant institutions from the developing countries.
In view of the slow ingress of information technologies in developing countries and their critical importance for the greater pace of socio-economic development, COMSATS launched three projects in its host country during the period 1996-2001. These projects involved provision of reliable Internet services, high quality education in information technology, and utilization of Internet as a means of delivering healthcare services. These pioneering initiatives, two of which have become full-fledged institutions, are now designated as 'Flagship Projects' of COMSATS. The experience gained over the years in the operation of these ventures, listed below, is an invaluable resource for COMSATS' Member Countries.