Muscat: Ali Javed, the Ambassador of Pakistan received Dr. S.M. Junaid Zaidi, Founding Rector Institute of Information Technology (CIIT) and Executive Director COMSATS (Commission on Science & Technology for Sustainable Development). The delegation is visiting Oman at the invitation of ‘Oman National Computer Emergency Readiness Team’ (OCERT) also held significant meetings with the Sultan Qaboos University.
The Ambassador accorded a comprehensive briefing on the solid status of bilateral relations and the stream of community-based outreach initiatives introduced by the Mission to strengthen with special reference to August 14, 2017 ’70th Anniversary launch of ‘Young Pakistan Forum Oman’ a futuristic interactive online platform that shall showcase the talents of the youths and hone them into leadership roles.
Mr. Zaidi shed light on organisation and functions of COMSATS and expressed desire to establish formal linkages between COMSATS and relevant institutions in Oman. He expressed COMSATS full support to the online platform of Young Pakistan Forum Oman including IT support and participation through Lecture and Internships Circuits.
Later in the evening, COMSATS participated in the Young Leaders Forum (YLF) a mid-tier initiative introduced by the Embassy whose 3rd meeting with focus on operating Young Pakistan Forum Oman was convened on premises of Pakistan Social Club. The participants welcomes Mr. Zaidi announcement for fully-funded scholarships to qualifying Pakistani students in Oman who wished to pursue their careers in fields of Science & Technology and IT with COMSATS.
Established in 1994, COMSATS is an intergovernmental organisation based in Islamabad, mustering 25 Member States and strives to promote South-South Cooperation in fields of Science & Technology that are most relevant to Socio-Economic Development.
There are seven branches of Pakistan School System as well as a branch each of ‘Beacon House’ and ‘City School’ imparting education to 6,000 students whereas the total number of Pakistanis in Oman is recorded at 272,000, ranking 5th among Pakistan’s expats communities worldwide.