Islamabad, (Parliament Times) : Federal Minister for Science and Technology, Syed Shibli Faraz visited the Islamabad Campus of COMSATS University on Monday. Prof. Dr. Muhammad Tabassum Afzal, Rector CUI and other senior ranking university officials received the Minister for a campus tour of facilities. Federal Secretary, Ministry of Science and Technology, Dr. Arshad Mahmood, also joined the Minister on his maiden visit of CUI.
After a tour of the Labs of the Departments of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Computer Sciences and CERN Data Centerand the Junaid Zaidi Central Library, the Minister was briefed about the role of CUI in the overall S&T landscape of Pakistan. The briefing also includedplans for implementing the vision of the PM by imparting quality education and promoting innovative research. In his briefing, Prof. Afzal informed that CUI is one of the leading world-ranked universities of the public sector having achieved phenomenal growth in less than 2 decades of inception. COMSATS University Islamabadis responsible for over 10% of Pakistan’s total research output and is at the forefront of developing cutting edge biomedical technologies, he said. The Minister was briefed about the measures undertaken to improve academic services as well as plans of investments in the entrepreneurial domain of the university.Prof. Afzal also informed the Minister regarding the recent introduction of cutting edge programs on Artificial Intelligence, Data Science and Cyber Security. He said that CUI is mindful of the precious resources expended on research and is geared towards creating socio-economic impact.
Syed Shibli Faraz while addressing the senior management of CUI lauded the immense efforts of the leadership and faculty of CUI for achieving growth and excellence in various fields of Science and Technology. He said that it was the vision of the Prime Minister to see leading Pakistani universities at the forefront of product innovation and indigenous technology development to deliver to socio-economic development. In the long-run COMSATS University’s success in becoming an elite center of learning will be rooted in upholding of merit policy and initiatives that drive commercialization of scientific knowledge from basic science research, particularly in areas like Physics, Mathematics, Chemistry and Material Sciences. The Minister urged COMSATS University to reach out to reputed international research establishments and bring local education and research standards at par with leading centers.He also said that the varsity’s base of over 69,000 Alumni was a rich resource to support the initiatives of the university in industry engagement and job placements.
Dr. Arshad Mahmood, Federal Secretary, Ministry of Science and Technology appreciated the scientific developments under the Prime Minister’s Knowledge Economy Initiative being undertaken at the CUI, Lahore Campus. He said that the Ministry will be able to extend additional support to CUI by adopting some of the leading Centres of Excellence. He urged the management to build a business case for aggressively pursuing the growing infrastructural and strategic needs of COMSATS University. Dr. Mahmood appreciated the efforts of CUI towards achieving self-sustainability through financial planning and lean management.
Prof. Afzal appreciated the support extended by the Ministry of Science and Technology and the Higher Education Commission and said that COMSATS University is committed to the vision of becoming a Top 500 ranked university from Pakistan. The Minister, Shibli Faraz planted an Araucaria tree at the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, COMSATS University Islamabad and addressed a gathering of Media persons.