The Third World Academy of Sciences (TWAS) initiated the proposal for the formation
of Commission on Science and Technology for Sustainable Development in South (COMSATS).
The (TWAS) at that time was headed by the Noble Laureate from Pakistan, Prof. Dr.
Abd-ul-Salam. On his suggestion the Foundation Conference was held in October 1994
in Islamabad. The representatives of 36 countries and of international organizations
attended the Conference. The Conference unanimously adopted the resolution for the
establishment of COMSATS.
The COMSATS is an international organization, with it’s headquarter in Islamabad.
The main objective of the COMSATS is to sensitize the developing countries to the
centrality of the science and technology in the process of development. COMSATS,
right from its inception, has been supporting the programs for the development of
science and technology in the developing countries It has undertaken a number of
programs in different areas, which have benefited the member countries.
COMSATS Institute of Information Technology
In 1997, the COMSATS, through a notification setup the COMSATS Institute of Information
Technology (CIIT), which became functional in April 1998. The CIIT is fully equipped
to handle the needs of the fast-paced IT industry and flexible enough to anticipate
and meet the challenges of future technologies. The CIIT has a mission to deliver
new ideas and products through research, development and education in strategic
partnership with IT industry and organizations.
COMSATS Institute of Information Technology Abbottabad
Spanning an area of 308 Kanals, stands the grand structure of Abbottabad Campus
of CIIT. Imparting quality education, contributing effectively to the research base
of Pakistan, providing state-of-the-art facilities to students, helping in social
uplift of the community it is located in, the campus symbolizes a modern and progressive
seat of learning. Abbottabad Campus became functional in July 2001, and the first
academic session started in September 2001.
From a modest beginning with three departments and 121 student strength, three undergraduate
programs and physical structure comprising old World-War II barracks, emerged the
leading institute of the region which has now eleven departments, a student strength
of 5560 (46 fold increase), 15 undergraduate programs, 11 graduate programs, a qualified faculty
strength of 463 including 100 PhDs and 45 modern laboratories. Our physical
infrastructure emulates the best educational institutions of country.
To meet the challenges of the National commitment to education, CIIT Abbottabad plans, in the
coming years, to launch 17 new departments with a focus on science led engineering, social,
medical and agriculture sciences. Future of CIIT Abbottabad campus is as challenging and exciting
as the offerings of a wide array of contemporary disciplines offered to the coming generation of
leaders and scientists. We do not distribute degrees; we breed a generation of leaders and live
true to our Motto 'We Aim to Inspire'
Degree Awarding Status
CIIT attained the status of degree awarding institute vide the Presidential Ordinance
No. XXXVIII issued on 12th August, 2000.