Developing Institutional Linkages and
Promoting Collaboration and Cooperation
among OIC Members States
Islamic world has more than one sixth share of the world population consisting of 57 states heavily endowed with the natural resources. But when the status of Islamic World is quantified and compared to rest of the world, it can easily be inferred that potentials are under consumed specially in the field of science and technology. This is the reason why Islamic states are lagging far behind in the race of progress and development. Majority of Muslim economies are under developed with critically slow growth rate.
As the world order is literally transformed to the Technology-based economy, there is a need like never before that Islamic states make serious efforts to narrow this gap by bringing together all the possible resources, by developing closer understandings and collaborations between them, bringing out a sustainable development policy concerning S&T and showing the strong determination to pursue it persistently. It is an undeniable call of the time to identify intellectual and financial opportunities and bring out the optimum from them.
There are undoubtedly scattered but bright pockets of excellence in the Islamic world related to different fields, especially in Science and Technology, and many genius minds in research and development. Inter Islamic Network on Information Technology (INIT) is putting in valiant efforts to provide them collective platforms from where not only the Islamic world get benefited, but it also can contribute toward the betterment of the rest of the world. INIT is expanding, encouraging and supporting the collaborations between stakeholders like leading institutions, practitioners, policy makers and intellect of Islamic world for identification and solicitation of ideas, development of institutional linkages, promotion of collaboration and cooperation among the individuals as well as institutions of the Islamic world.
In realization of aforementioned facts, The INIT under this program has collaborated with a good number of like minded institutions from the Islamic world and has successfully conducted many activities in different countries. Following is the list of those activities.
- 2-Day International Conference on ‘Contemporary Issues in IT in OIC Member States’ July 26-27, 2005 Islamabad-Pakistan.
- 2-Day International Conference on ’Technology Based Development: Strategies and Options for Pakistan’ August 22-23, 2006 Islamabad-Pakistan.
- 3-Day International Conference on ‘Integration of Information Technology in Science Education’ January 16-18, 2007, Gazimagusa- Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus.
- 2-Day International Conference on ‘Diffusion of ICTs in Academia: Learning in the Digital Age in Islamic Countries’ October 4-5, 2010, Khartoum, Republic of Sudan.