COMSATS is an intergovernmental organization with its permanent Secretariat based in Islamabad, Pakistan. Established in 1994, the organization comprising 24 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.
COMSATS Organizes Seminar to Commemorate UN's South-South Cooperation Day
COMSATS organized a Seminar on September 22, 2016, to commemorate the UN Day for South-South Cooperation, in Islamabad. The event was held in collaboration with Pakistan Academy of Sciences, at the latter's premises on the theme of 'Framework of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)'. Mr. Neil Buhne, UN Resident Coordinator and ... [ Read more ]
18th August 2016
COMSATS Publishes Urdu Translation of "One Hundred Reasons to Be a Scientist"
On August 18, 2016, COMSATS organized the launching ceremony of Urdu translation of the book titled, "One Hundred Reasons to Be a Scientist", which was originally published in 2004 by the Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP), Italy. The ceremony was presided over by former Rector International Islamic University .... [ Read more ]
28th July 2016
Executive Director COMSATS Delivers a Keynote Address at a Seminar on National Security
Dr. I.E. Qureshi, Executive Director COMSATS delivered a keynote address on July 28, 2016, in the Seminar on "Role of Education, Science and Technology in National Security", which was organized in Islamabad, Pakistan, by the Institute of Strategic Studies Islamabad (ISSI) in collaboration with the University of Management and Technology (UMT), Lahore..... [ Read more ]
14th July 2016
COMSATS and NCP Sign Agreement for Research Cooperation
The Commission on Science and Technology for Sustainable Development in the South (COMSATS) and the National Centre for Physics (NCP), Pakistan, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on July 14, 2016, to cooperate for the promotion of academic and research activities in COMSATS' Member States.... [ Read more ]
2nd June 2016
Sudanese Delegation Visits COMSATS Secretariat to Discuss Avenues of Cooperation
A three-member delegation of Sudan, led by Prof. Azhari Omer Abdelbagi, Undersecretary, Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research (MOHESR), Government of Sudan, visited COMSATS Secretariat on June 2, 2016, for a meeting with the Executive Director COMSATS, Dr. I. E. Qureshi. The other members of the delegation were Prof. Ahmed... [ Read more ]
2nd June 2016
Nigerian Minister for Science and Technology Visits COMSATS Secretariat
The Honourable Minister for Science and Technology, Government of Nigeria, H.E. Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu, paid a visit to COMSATS Secretariat, Islamabad, on June 2, 2016. The Minister visiting Islamabad for participation in 15th General Assembly of COMSTECH was invited to COMSATS Secretariat by the Executive Director 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.