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.
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
"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
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
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
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
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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