International center for training and development inaugurated at COMSATS

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ISLAMABAD:    (Parliament Times)    The International Centre for Training and Development (ICTD) was inaugurated at COMSATS Secretariat, Islamabad. The Centre has been jointly established by COMSATS and American Institute of Pakistan Studies (AIPS) under an Agreement signed between the two Organizations in January 2018. The Centre has been established with an aim to provide trainings by foreign experts in areas including climate change, intellectual property rights, higher education and leadership, and energy policy.

Speaking at the ceremony, Dr. S. M. Junaid Zaidi, Executive Director COMSATS, emphasized the need for human resource development and capacity building of scientific community in the developing countries to bring them at par with the developed ones. He was of the view that lack of training and leadership causes setbacks in all sectors. Dr. Zaidi added that leadership and decision-making skills can be inculcated in the youth through expert trainings which can help achieve sustainable development in the South.

Dr. Farhat Haq, President of AIPS, in her inaugural remarks, considered establishment of the Centre important for networking between US-based experts and relevant actors in Pakistan. Dr. Haq highlighted the need for translating and aligning
expertise from the North with local needs and challenges. She anticipated that
the established Centre would benefit COMSATS network in the developing
countries and would also help activate intellectual resources available in AIPS
network of 44 universities and 28 research centers.

Country Director (Pakistan) of AIPS, Mr. Nadeem Akbar, introduced AIPS and
highlighted the undertakings and programmes of the Institute that include
research and travel grants, junior faculty trainings and exchanges, and
fellowship. Mr. Akbar stated that the Centre will also conduct demand-driven
trainings for the benefit of COMSATS member states.

Further modalities of the trainings and cooperation are being worked out which are expected to be initiated in January 2020.