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World Virtual Science Fair: COMSTECH directory

Pakistani student to represent Asia in World Virtual Science Fair
Islamabad, Mar 24, 2008: Fatima Shami, a student of Headstart School of the Federal Capital has won the overall 1st prize in Asia region and will represent the continent in the finals of the College of North Atlantic Qatar World Virtual Science Fair 2008.

Representing Asia in the finals of the College of North Atlantic Qatar World Virtual Science Fair 2008 is a tremendous honor for Pakistan and Headstart itself.

Fatima won this award for her project D-S.I.D. (Device for Speech Impaired and Deaf) Life changing communication. This device helps the deaf communicate without sign language and will revolutionize the way they live. Later this year, Fatima along with finalists from all seven regions: North America, South America, Europe, Middle East, Africa, Oceania and Asia will be flown to the College of the North Atlantic, located in the city of Doha, Qatar, where they will compete for the world championship and the overall winner will be named.

>This fair differs from traditional competitions in that participants have used the latest in internet and multimedia technology to submit their projects in the form of web pages.

"For the first time, students have been able to compete in a world-class event alongside their peers from around the world," said Dr. Harald Jorch, President of CNA-Q.

"This event is another in an impressive list of innovative ventures put forth by CNA-Q staff and students and which furthers the vision of both the college and the State of Qatar to bring leading technical education to Qatar." Prizes will be awarded in Doha to the regional winners and to the top three participants in the final competition. The competition and awards ceremony will be presented live around the world on the Internet via web cast. Currently a team of reporters from London is making a trip around the world to make a video documentary on all the finalists in their respective home countries. They will also be visiting Fatima by the end of March.

COMSTECH finetunes directory of Muslim scientists
Islamabad, Mar 24, 2008: The Committee on Science and Technological Cooperation (COMSTECH) is finetuning a directory of Muslim scientists working on research projects across the world.

The project of launching the directory was first approved by the Seventh General Assembly Meeting in 1996 and it was originally called "Scientists in the Muslim World".

Its scope was later widened and it was renamed as "Database of Active Scientists and Institutions in OIC member states" by the Executive Committee.

After its final approval by the Eighth General Assembly the volumes are being published under the editorship of Prof. Dr. Attaur Rahman, coordinator general of COMSTECH and chairman of the Higher Education Commission and Dr. Ahsana Dar.

The COMSTECH has so far completed sixteen volumes that include the names and details about scientists working in forty one Muslim states.

Four volumes of directory covering Afghanistan, Albania, Azerbaijan, Algeria, Bangladesh, Behrain, Benin, Brunei Darussalam, Burkino Faso, Camroon, Chad, Comoros, Djibouti, Egypt, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Gabon, Gambia, Iran, Iraq, Indonesia, Jordon, Kazakstan, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon and Libya were published and circulated.

In the beginning ISESCO joined this endeavour and the publication was initially called COMSTECH-ISESCO Directory of active scientists in OIC Member states and their recent scientific publications.

Despite lack of resources it is an important effort on the part of COMSTECH that remains active on account of its wide acceptability and active role that the publication is now playing in creating joint programs and collaborations among the OIC scientific community.

In the past few years COMSTECH has added the information on scientists working in Malaysia, Maldives, Mali, Maurtania, Mozambique, Morocco, Nigeria, Niger, Oman, Pakistan, Palestine, Qatar and Saudi Arabia.

The contents of the directory include internationally abstracted information in the fields of agriculture, biology, chemistry, environmental sciences, medical technology and other important fields from several thousand leading scientific journals.

The information is arranged according to fields and sub-fields with facilities of intra and inter-country researches of specialists in various disciplines. App
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