First Saudi-Pak study center to be set up at Islamabad’s COMSATS university

Dr. Raheel Qamar Rector, COMSATS University Islamabad, and Dr. Ahmed Yousif A. Al-Draiweesh, President International Islamic University Islamabad, ink an agreement to establish the first Saudi-Pak Study Center at CUI in Islamabad on May 13, 2019. (CUI — Twitter)
Updated 16 May 2019
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First Saudi-Pak study center to be set up at Islamabad’s COMSATS university

  • Center aims to strengthen cooperation between the brotherly countries
  • Initiative will help to promote student and teacher exchange programs

ISLAMABAD: President of the International Islamic University (IIU), Dr. Ahmed Yousif Al-Draiweesh, and Rector of the COMSATS University Islamabad, Dr. Raheel Qamar, this week, inked an agreement to establish the first Saudi-Pak Study Center at COMSATS University.
“Initially we will set-up the Saudi-Pak Scientific International Chair and then establish a physical center later,” Dr. Fahim Qurshi, the registrar at COMSATS told Arab News on Thursday.
Qureshi said the aim of setting up the Chair was to strengthen joint scientific and international cooperation to “serve the purpose of achieving security, peace, stability, tranquility and sustainable development in both countries.”

Saudi Arabia and Pakistan aim to establish a joint scientific study center and establish a Scientific International Chair that serves the purpose of achieving security, stability a sustainable development in both countries. An agreement was inked on May 13, 2019.  (CUI - Twitter)


He said that the cooperation agreement would be celebrated after the Holy Month of Ramadan in a ceremony attended by high-ranking government officials from both Saudi Arabia and Pakistan.
“This initiative will help to promote student and teacher exchange programs,” Qureshi said.
“The memorandum of understanding encompasses various facets of academic, research and scientific cooperation and is geared toward building a joint think tank to advise both governments on policy issues arising in the China Pakistan Economic Corridor,” International Islamic University said in press release on May 13 when the agreement was inked. “Saudi Arabia has aligned itself as a strategic partner of both China and Pakistan for expanding the Belt and Road Initiatives.”
In January this year, Saudi Arabia announced 583 fully funded scholarships for Pakistani students at 23 leading universities in the Kingdom.


Pakistan prepares first lunar calendar, says Eid will be on June 5

Updated 26 May 2019
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Pakistan prepares first lunar calendar, says Eid will be on June 5

  • The project was launched by the ministry of science and technology earlier this month
  • Many clerics believe physical sighting of the moon is obligatory ahead of significant religious occasions

LAHORE: Pakistan’s minister for science and technology Fawad Chaudhry launched the country’s first lunar calendar here on Sunday, announcing that Eid Al-Fitr, a Muslim festival marking the end of Ramadan, would be celebrated on June 5.
Chaudhry announced his decision to finalize a five-year lunar calendar to determine the dates of Islamic religious occasions on May 7.
In a video posted on Twitter, he noted that there was always a controversy on the moon ahead of Eid, Ramadan and Muharram, wondering: “When modern methods are available, and we can decide on a definite date, then the question is, why do we not use the modern technology?”
On Sunday, while launching the moonsighting website and lunar calendar, he said it was only for five years, though it was possible go beyond that.
“We have only confined ourselves to five years since technology is rapidly changing and we may want to review things a little,” he added.
Harshly criticized by religious clerics for initiating the project, the minister said Pakistan did not need a moonsighting committee, traditionally manned by Islamic scholars, in his opinion.
“One should never fear new forms of knowledge,” he continued, saying that clerics would adjust to contemporary realities and find new roles for themselves.
The ministry has already sent the calendar to the Islamic Ideology Council, a constitutional body that advises governments on religious matters, and will also share it with the federal cabinet on Wednesday.