Islamabad, 20 January, 2024 (GNP): Prof. Dr. M. Iqbal Choudhary, Coordinator General of COMSTECH, held a detailed meeting with Hissein Brahim Taha, Secretary General of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), at the OIC General Secretariat in Jeddah .
This meeting, aligned with the 7th Annual Coordination meeting of OIC institutions, witnessed the active participation of key figures, including officials from OIC, COMSTECH, Chairman BoG University of Lahore Mr. Awais Raoof, and Rector UOL Prof. Dr. Muhammad Ashraf.
Dr. Choudhary presented a comprehensive overview of COMSTECH’s achievements in 2023 and the preceding four years, outlining future programs and initiatives for OIC Member States. Notable highlights included the initiation of training for 18 ophthalmologists from various OIC African Member States at LRBT Pakistan.
Dr. Iqbal said in the meeting that COMSTECH currently welcomes researchers from OIC Member States to Pakistani universities through the COMSTECH Consortium of Excellence Program. He said that already COMSTECH announced S&T and fellowship programs for Yemen, Palestine, Nigeria, Mauritania, Somalia, Kyrgyzstan, Gambia, Indonesia , Malaysia, and Iran.
The discussion also touched upon various initiatives, including the COMSTECH-IsDB cataract surgery campaign in Africa, COMSTECH OIC Technology Portal, COMSTECH Distinguished Scholars Program, COMSTECH Virology fellowship Program, CCoE Fellowship and Training Program, COMSTECH-IFS program , COMSTECH-TWAS Program , COMSTECH Science in Exile Fellowship Program and a Special Program for Muslim Minority Youth and young scientists in non-OIC member states.
In a significant development, Mr. Awais Raoof, Chairman BoG, the University of Lahore, expressed the University’s commitment to establish a 400-bed hospital and four institutions, including the Institute of Physical Therapy, Faculty of Management Sciences, Faculty of Management Technology, and Faculty of Information Technology in the Republic of Chad under the umbrella of COMSTECH’s Program for African Least Developed Countries of OIC Member States.
Additionally, he extended an offer of 5000 free scholarships/fellowships/short training programs for Palestinian students through the Association of Private Sector Universities of Pakistan (APSUP) under the COMSTECH Palestine Program.
In response, Secretary General OIC expressed high appreciation for COMSTECH’s substantial contributions to OIC member states and assured full support from the OIC General Secretariat. He commended Dr. Iqbal’s leadership and efforts in advancing collaborative initiatives within the OIC framework and issued instructions to his cabinet to implement COMSTECH’s programs and offers on priority .
This meeting underscores the commitment of both COMSTECH and OIC to strengthen cooperation and foster advancements that benefit the diverse member states of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation.