IT (Pakistani experts to train Omani scientists, technicians)

Islamabad: The five-day National Training Workshop on ‘Repair and Maintenance of Scientific Engineering Equipment in Universities, Research Institutions, and Small Scale Industries’ has calld for building relevant capacities in the participants and promoting South-South cooperation in addressing scientific needs of ISESCO member states.

This consnsus was emerged at th opening cermony of the workshop held in Rustaq, Oman, says a press not issued here by the Comsats Headquartrs on Monday.

The event has been organized by Commission on Science and Technology for Sustainable Development in the South (COMSATS) in collaboration with the Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ISESCO) as part of their joint cooperation programme for the biennium 2014-15.

The local partners of the event include Omani Ministry of Higher Education (MoHE), and College of Applied Sciences, Rustaq, Oman. The workshop aims to train Omani scientists and technicians for the upkeep of their scientific equipment.

Dr. Said Bin Hamed Al Rebaie, Secretary General of Education Council, Oman, inaugurated the workshop.

The ceremony was attended by senior officials of the collaborating institutions, trainees and representatives from various Omani institutions, including MoHE, Research Council of Oman, Ministry of Manpower, Sultan Qaboos University, Military Technological College, International Maritime College, Waljat College of Applied Sciences, Nizwa University, Shoar University, German University of Technology, A’Sharqiyah University, as well as from other institutions of Oman. The two resource persons for the event, Mr. Arif Karim and Mr. Faisal Ghazanfar of Pakistan Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (PCSIR), were also present during the ceremony.

In his welcome remarks, Dr. Hammod Amur Hamood Al Wardi, Dean College Applied Science, hoped for the success of the event in building relevant capacities in the participants.

In his message, read out on the occasion by Nisar Ahmed, Deputy Director (Systems) COMSATS, the Executive Director COMSATS, Dr. I. E. Qureshi, extended gratitude to ISESCO and MoHE, Oman, for organizing the event in Oman.

Highlighting the importance and relevance of the event, Dr. Qureshi hoped that the event would facilitate linkages among the participants and experts for future networking and interaction.

Mrs. Wafaa El Alami, Head of Planning, Information and Documentation Centre ISESCO, welcomed experts and participants of the national workshop and read-out the message of H.E. Dr. Abdulaziz Othman Altwaijri, Director General ISESCO.

Dr. Altwaijri considered the event important for promoting South-South cooperation in addressing scientific needs of ISESCO Member States. He hoped that the event would enhance mutual cooperation among researchers, technicians and engineers from the different institutions of Oman. Karim delivered a keynote address outlining the training methodology.

During the 10 technical sessions of the workshop, the participants would attend seminars on troubleshooting and repairing of Spectrophotometer Systems; Flame Photometer Systems; Atomic Absorption system and XRF system; Thermal Analyzer; Gas Chromatographic Systems; HPLC Systems; Electron Microscopes; Laboratory Balances; Thermal Equipment (Oven & Furnace); and pH Meters. These sessions comprising lectures will be complemented by hands-on training in the labs of College of Applied Sciences and Sultan Qaboos University. More than 30 researchers, academicians, technicians and engineers from different organizations of Oman would be trained to later perform the duties as Master Trainers.

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