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COMSTECH is an abbreviation for the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation's (OIC) Standing Committee on Scientific and Technological Cooperation for the promotion and cooperation of science and technology activities among the OIC member states.


COMSTECH was established by the OIC's Islamic Summit in 1981 and comprises the OIC member states for the sake of building on indigenous capabilities in science and technology, promotion and cooperation in relevant areas, and establishment of institutional structure for planning and development at Ummah level.


Their stated objectives are:

  • Assessment of the human and material resources of OIC member states and determination of science and technology needs and requirements.
  • Building up the indigenous capability of member states in the fields of science and technology through cooperation and mutual assistance.
  • Promotion of cooperation and coordination amongst the member states in science and technology. Creation of an effective institutional structure of planning, research and development and monitoring of science and technology activities in high technology areas.

Inter-Library Resource Network[edit]

The Inter-Library Resource Network Service is a programme that networks libraries of the OIC member states, requiring all member institutions to provide free access to the users of other members.[1]

In 2007 the journal holdings of 45 libraries from 15 OIC members had been networked,[1] and the same figures were reported in early 2009.[2] As of 2009, COMSTECH lists the following 48 libraries as part of the network:[3]

  1. Al Al-Bayt University, Amman, Jordan
  2. Abdullahi Fodiyo Library Complex, Usmanu Danfodiyo University, Sokoto, Nigeria
  3. Allama I.I. Kazi Library, University of Sindh, Jamshoro, Pakistan
  4. Applied Sciences University, Amman, Jordan
  5. Arid Agriculture University, Rawalpindi, Pakistan.
  6. Bangladesh Agriculture University, Mymensing, Bangladesh
  7. Bangladesh Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (BCSIR) Library, Dhaka, Bangladesh
  8. Bangladesh Institute of Research & Rehabilitation in Diabetes, Endocrine & Metabolic Disorders (BIRDEM) Shahbagh, Dhaka, Bangladesh
  9. Bangladesh National Scientific and Technical Documentation Centre (BANSDOC) Library, Mirpore Road, Dhanmondi, Dhaka-1205, Bangladesh
  10. Bangladesh University of Engineering & Technology, Dhaka, Bangladesh
  11. Bangladesh University of Science & Technology, Dhaka, Bangladesh [clarification needed]
  12. Bilkent University, Ankara, Turkey
  13. Central Library, Bahauddin Zakariya University, Multan, Pakistan
  14. Central Library, N.W.F.P. University of Engineering & Technology, Peshawar, Pakistan
  15. Dhaka Medical College, Dhaka, Bangladesh
  16. Dhaka University Library, Dhaka, Bangladesh
  17. Dr. Raziuddin Siddiqi Memorial Library, Quaid-e-Azam University, Islamabad, Pakistan
  18. HEJ Research Institute of Chemistry, University of Karachi, Karachi, Pakistan
  19. Institut Teknologi Sepuluh Nopember, Sukolilo, East Java, Indonesia
  20. International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA), Aleppo, Syria
  21. International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research, Bangladesh (ICDDRB)
  22. International Institute of Earthquake Engineering and Seismology (IIEES), Iran
  23. International Islamic University, Islamabad, Pakistan
  24. Iranian University of Science & Technology, Tehran, Iran
  25. Jordan University of Science & Technology, Jordan
  26. King Abdul Aziz City for Science and Technology (KACST), Saudi Arabia
  27. Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research (KISR)
  28. Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS), Graduate School of Business Administration, Lahore Pakistan
  29. Mohammad V University, Rabat, Morocco [clarification needed]
  30. Ondokuz Mayis Üniversitesi, Kurupelit, Samsun 55139,Turkey [1]
  31. Pakistan Institute of Nuclear Science and Technology, Nilore, Islamabad, Pakistan
  32. Shah Abdul Latif University, Khairpur Sindh, Pakistan
  33. Regional Information Center for Science & Technology, Shiraz University, Shiraz, Iran[4]
  34. Sultan Qaboos University, Musqat, Oman
  35. Universitas Katolik Indonesia Atma Jaya, Jakarta, Indonesia
  36. Universite Cheikh Anta Diop, Dakar, Senegal
  37. Universite De Saint-Louis, Saint-Louis, Senegal
  38. Universiti Sains Malaysia, Penang, Malaysia
  39. University of Agriculture, Faisalabad, Pakistan
  40. University of Peshawar, Peshawar, Pakistan
  41. University of Punjab, Lahore, Pakistan
  42. University of Qatar, Doha, Qatar
  43. University of Uyo, Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, Nigeria.
  44. Usmanu Danfodiyo University Library, Sokoto, Nigeria
  45. Yarmouk University, Irbid, Jordan
  46. Satellite Research & Development Center, Lahore
  47. Institute of Space Technology, Islamabad
  48. Space and Atmospheric Research Centre Library, Space and Upper Atmosphere Research Commission, Karachi, Pakistan

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Midrar ullah, Librarian and Literature Search Officer Army Medical College (Jan–Jul 2007). "Medical Library Cooperation: a necessity". Rawal Medical Journal. 32 (1). ISSN 0303-5212. Retrieved 2009-11-24. 
  2. ^ Associated Press of Pakistan (2009). "Comstech starts networking of 45 OIC libraries". Business Recorder. 
  3. ^ "List of Participating Libraries". COMSTECH. 
  4. ^ "Regional Information Center for Science and Technology and The Organization of Islamic Conference (OIC) Standing Committee on Scientific and Technological Cooperation (COMSTECH)". Regional Information Center for Science & Technology. 

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