COMSTECH targets 50 universities of OIC to be included in rank of top 500
ISLAMABAD—The 15th session of the general assembly of the OIC Standing Committee on Science and Technology (COMSTECH) decided to facilitate enhancement of education and skills in the member states, with the target of 50 universities of member states to be included in the rank of the top 500 universities.
The session concluded in Islamabad on June 1, 2016 with the adoption of resolutions that included a document on “Science and Technology in the OIC Countries: Goals, Priorities and Actions”, which identified specific goals and objectives. In addition to the ranking of universities, the document also identified alleviating the effects of the looming crisis in water and food security in OIC member states as a goal, establishing an OIC task force on climate change, and facilitating programs and resources to manage the unfolding crisis in human health.
This document will be further enriched by incorporating recommendations of the member states for consideration of the OIC Summit on Science and Technology to be held in Kazakhstan in 2017. COMSTECH will also submit to the Summit the finalized OIC Green Technology Blue Print for OIC member states.
Another important document endorsed by the Conference is COMSTECH’s Ten-Year Plan for the Development of Science and Technology in Member States and its implementation.
Minister of Finance, Revenue, Economic Affairs, Statistics and Privatization, Mr. Mohammad Ishaq Dar, presided over the closing session. In his speech he stressed on increasing funding, cooperation and networking to support and advance science, technology and innovation in the member states. He announced that Pakistan will award 100 scholarships under the aegis of OIC Education Exchange Program for university students. Pakistan is also awarding 30 scholarships to students of OIC member states to study at National University of Sciences and technology through OIC Education Exchange Program.
The two-day conference was attended by 20 ministers, several deputy ministers and high-level officials from 39 OIC member states, OIC institutions, and international organizations. The conference had elected Pakistan as chair of its bureau; Palestine, Azerbaijan and Morocco as vice chair; and Gambia as rapporteur. photo by Sultan Bashir
Deputy Director Hanban Mr. Shao Xubo receiving honorary degree of doctorate on behalf of Madam Xu Lin, D.G Hanban from Rector NUML Major General (R) Zia Uddin Najam at NUML.
Ambassador of Austria Dr Brigitta Blaha speaks before the screening of an Austrian film “Mountst. Elias” at her residence.—PO