Meeting for establishment of PIREN begins

ISLAMABAD: The Higher Education Commission (HEC) of Pakistan in collaboration with the Islamic Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organisation (ISESCO) has organised a two-day meeting of the country coordinators for the establishment of Pan-Islamic Research and Education Network (PIREN).The opening ceremony of the meeting was held at a local hotel on Thursday. HEC Chairman Mukhtar Ahmed was the chief guest on the occasion. Besides this, participants from Pakistan, six participants from other countries and two participants from the ISESCO have come to attend the two-day session. In 2012, the ISESCO planned to establish the Pan-Islamic Research and Education Network (PIREN). The main objective of the PIREN is to share the local research and education networks of the Islamic countries to enhance exchange and cooperation between the researchers and education communities.It may be mentioned here that in order to launch this network, the ISESCO convened the first meeting of the country coordinators from the selected Islamic countries in March 2012 at the ISESCO headquarter in Morocco, while the second meeting of PIREN was held in March 2013 in Jordan. Speaking on the occasion, Mukhtar said that it was an honour for Pakistan, particularly the HEC, to host this important meeting. Mukhtar, who was part of the ISESCO team that conceived the idea for establishing PIREN, hoped that the participants of the meeting would come up with a concrete action plan for an effective functioning of the network.The chairman said that the PIREN would bring the Muslim countries closer for sharing their knowledge base, adding that many good activities are taking place in different Muslim countries. He said that the HEC would provide all possible facilitation for the success of all initiatives taken under the auspices of PIREN.HEC Director General Anwar Amjad extended warm welcome to the participants, particularly those who had come from other countries, including Malaysia, Lebanon, Jordan, and Morocco.

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