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.
38th Meeting of the COMSATS Management Committee held at COMSATS Secretariat
The 38th Meeting of the Management Committee of COMSATS was held on 12th November 2015, at COMSATS Secretariat, Islamabad. The Management Committee is a statutory body of COMSATS and assists its Secretariat in the implementation of policy decisions taken by other organs of COMSATS; recommends programmes and budget ..... [ Read more ]
10th November 2015
COMSATS Celebrates World Science Day 2015
The Commission on Science and Technology for Sustainable Development in the South (COMSATS), in collaboration with the Pakistan Academy of Sciences (PAS) celebrated the World Science Day for peace and Development 2015, November 10, 2015, by holding a discussion forum on 'Science for a Sustainable Future', .... [ Read more ]
9th November 2015
MoU signed between COMSATS and SESRIC
A Memorandum of Understanding was signed between COMSATS and the Statistical, Economic and Social Research and Training Centre for Islamic Countries (SESRIC) with a view to strengthen linkages between the two organizations for enhancing the cooperation for sustainable.... [ Read more ]
28th October 2015
The Third General Meeting of COMSATS successfully concluded in Accra
The third General Meeting of COMSATS concluded in Accra on 28th October 2015. The meeting was convened by the Chairperson of COMSATS, H.E. John Dramani Mahama, President of Ghana, and was inaugurated by Hon. Elvis Afriyie Ankrah, Minister of State at the Office of the President of Ghana, on 27th October 2015...... [ Read more ]
27th October 2015
The Third General Meeting of the Commission Inaugurated in Ghana
The third General Meeting of the Commission convened by the Chairperson of COMSATS, H.E. John Dramani Mahama, President of Ghana, has been inaugurated on 27th October 2015, in Accra, by Hon. Elvis Atriyie Ankrah, Minister of State at the Office of the President of Ghana....... [ Read more ]
26th October 2015
The 3rd Meeting of COMSATS Consultative Committee held in Accra
The 3rd Consultative Committee Meeting of COMSATS was inaugurated in Accra by H.E. Mr. Mahama Ayariga, Minister for Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation, Government of Ghana, on 26th October 2015. The meeting was held in conjunction with the 3rd General Meeting of the Commission (27-28 October 2015),..... [ 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.