COMSTECH and MoFA launch Consortium of Excellence to promote science and technology  

By: News Desk      Published: 06:59 PM, 18 Nov, 2020
COMSTECH and MoFA launch Consortium of Excellence to promote science and technology  
A group photo of Vice-Chancellors and senior officials with Foreign Secretary of Pakistan Sohail Mahmood and Coordinator General COMSTECH Prof. Dr Iqbal Chaudhary, Prof Dr Muhammad Ali Shah Vice Chancellor Quaid-i-Azam University Islamabad and Chairman Vice Chancellor Committee at the launch of COMSTECH Consortium of Excellence at COMSTECH Headquarters Islamabad.

The Ministerial Standing Committee on Scientific and Technological Cooperation (COMSTECH) of Organizational of Islamic Cooperation OIC and Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) jointly launched “COMSTECH Consortium of Excellence (CCoE)” on Wednesday.

COMSTECH comprises leading academic and research institutions of Pakistan and OIC member states in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

The launching ceremony of CCoE was held at COMSTECH under the chairmanship of Coordinator General, COMSTECH, Prof. Dr. M. Iqbal Choudhary. Foreign Secretary Sohail Mahmood was chief guest.

In his inaugural address, Prof. Dr. Iqbal Choudhary, said the purpose of CCoE is to put our efforts to achieve excellence in partnership. He said that Pakistan has done a lot in the area of science and technology and now it's time to reap the benefit by showcasing Pakistan.

He said that this forum would bring technology to Pakistan and would help in internationalization of the areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. The COMSTECH - MoFA collaboration will open new avenues in science diplomacy. 

“COMSTECH being the apex body in the OIC science arena gives Pakistan a leading role in the area of science technology and innovation. He discussed the current state of OIC member states and provided a comprehensive report of COMSTECH activities,” Dr. Iqbal mentioned.

CCoE is launched under the “Science Diplomacy Initiative” of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA), Government of Pakistan.

Foreign Secretary of Pakistan Sohail Mahmood said that the higher education institutions are shaping the future of Pakistan. 

“The CCoE initiative is conceived to provide the platform to the leading universities of Pakistan and the universities of the OIC member states to cooperate, collaborate and showcase their achievements. MoFA has launched a multipurpose science diplomacy initiative to create linkages between partners and popularize science,” he added.

Foreign Secretary said: “This forum will help in trade boost. COMSTECH has responsibility to enhance science, technology and innovation in OIC member states and commended the current efforts of COMSTECH and its leadership for initiating new projects like CCoE.”

Vice chancellors and senior officials of the CCoE founding member universities of Pakistan shared current programmes and offered their cooperation and support to collaborate and cooperate under the umbrella of CCoE.

The Vice Chancellors and senior officials of Quaid e Azam University, Islamia University Bahawalpur, National University of Sciences and Technology, Government College University, Lahore, Ghulam Ishaq Khan Institute of Engineering Sciences and Technology, Pakistan Institute of Nuclear Science and Technology, NED University of Engineering and Technology, Lahore University of Management Sciences, Bahauddin Zakariya University, Multan, and University of the Punjab.