Dr. Haroon Rashid, Pro-Rector of COMSATS Institute of Information Technology(CIIT) met with Dr. Javanmard, head of Comstech Inter Islamic Network on Virtual Universities (CINVU) on May 21, 2014. All CINVU’s family was present on this event to honor Dr. Haroon Rashid and he was given a very warm welcome.
Dr. Javanmard in his welcome address, thanked Dr. Haroon Rashid for visiting CINVU. He gave a short talk on Payam Noor University (PNU), CINVU programs, its organizational structure, objectives, achievements and issues related to it. Dr. Javanmard praised the role of the Organization of Islamic Countries (OIC) and said that excellence in knowledge, research and innovation is imperative for the Muslim Ummah to reclaim its rightful place in International community. He appreciated the initiative taken by OIC in the popularization of science and technology and higher education programs. Dr. Javanmard much-admired the OIC Educational Exchange Program Solidarity through Academia which consists of scholarships, faculty exchange, distance learning and research project. He assured Dr. Haroon Rashid that I.R. of Iran would extend its full support to the OIC as well as to the COMSTECH. He also invited COMSTECH to help improve science and technology infrastructure in most OIC countries so they can get benefit out of electronic learning technology.
Dr. Haroon Rashid expressed his gratitude to Dr. Javanmard and in his talk while addressing the gathering, stressed on the need to start new academic collaborations with other international universities to initiate new research collaborations, complete the infrastructure and other necessary things. He advised all to play their part for the wellbeing of Islamic countries and Muslim Ummah.
The COMSATS Institute of Information Technology is a public research university, under Federal Government, with multiple campuses throughout the country. CIIT is Pakistan’s first exclusive institute of Information Technology. Its primary campus is located in urban area of Islamabad. The university is co-educational established in 1998, was awarded Charter by the Government of Pakistan in 2000 with the joint government and inter-governmental COMSATS efforts. The university offers undergraduate, post-graduate and doctoral studies programs in various academic disciplines. Since its establishment, the university has attracted influential scientists and scholars as researchers and faculty members. The CIIT is one of the most premier institutions of higher learning with a strong emphasis on social and natural sciences. Also, it is listed in among one of the top institution of higher learning in computer sciences by the HEC, as of 2013. The university is also a member of Association of Commonwealth Universities of the United Kingdom.