COMSATS-ISESCO National Training Workshop in Dakar
ISLAMABAD,October,21,2010: The Commission on Science and Technology for Sustainable Development in the South (COMSATS) and the Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organizations (ISESCO) organized a national training workshop on “Repair and Maintenance of Scientific Equipment in Teaching, Research Institutions and Small Scale Industries” in Dakar, Senegal, from 18th to 21st October.
The workshop was organized under COMSATS-ISESCO Cooperation Program (2010) in collaboration with the Senegalese National Commission for UNESCO.
The main aim of this four-day workshop was to provide hands on training to the scientists, engineers and technicians in Islamic countries in the effective up-keep of the repairs and maintenance of scientific instruments in their respective labs. The workshop provided a forum for professional technicians, scientists, researchers, and service engineers to learn from Pakistani experts to repair their own equipment.
The main components of the workshop included inter-active discourses and practical training. This is a master training program to build indigenous capacity in the filed in Senegal and the same experience will be transferred from masters to others in their respective organizations in Senegal.
Two experts from Pakistan Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (PCSIR), Pakistan, Mr. Arif Karim and Mr. Faisal Ghazanfar, provided training to the Senegalese scientists, engineers and technicians during the workshop. The scientific equipments used as subjects for the training included: spectrophotometer, chromatographic systems, transmitting and scanning electron microscopes, HVAC Systems and PCR Systems. Around 20 participants are benefiting from the training.
The workshop is expected to develop an indigenous capacity for maintenance of scientific equipment used in the academic and research institutions as well as small scale industries of Senegal, helping the country to pursue its scientific aims more conveniently.