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UNESCO Chair on Knowledge Systems for Integrated Water Resources Management was awarded to COMSATS , Wah Campus, by the Education Sector at the UNESCO HQ, Paris, vide their letter No. ED/THE/HED/14/024 dated 05 February 2014. The Agreement between UNESCO and COMSATS University was signed between Director General UNESCO and Rector COMSATS University (CU) on 06 February 2014 in Islamabad at the office of the Federal Minister for Science and Technology during the Director General’s official visit to Pakistan.

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UNESCO Chair in Knowledge Systems for Integrated Water Resources Management was established in 2014 at CIIT-Wah, Pakistan. The purpose of the Chair is to promote an integrated system of research, training, information and documentation on water resources management, facilitating high-level international collaboration for researchers and teaching staff of the university and other institutions in Pakistan with those in other parts of the world. The establishment of the UNESCO Chair is a milestone in the history of CIIT since it can now be ranked among a select group of institutions focusing on water resources management.

  • Goal 5 Promote Gender Equality and Empower Women
  • Goal 6 Clean Water and Sanitation and, in particular, the target to ‘Integrate the principles of sustainable development into country policies and programmes and reverse the loss of environmental resources’

These goals will be achieved by capacity building and training (especially disadvantaged groups, including women) in hydro-informatics and sustainable water resources management in trans-boundary context to address the challenge that more than a billion people live under conditions of physical water scarcity and many lack sustainable access to safe drinking water.


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Prof. Dr. Muhammad Abid, Tamgha e Imtiaz , Director Campus delighted to serve as the UNESCO Chair on Knowledge Systems for Integrated Water Resources Management, COMSATS University Islamabad (CUI), Wah Campus from January 2021. As per the agreement framework with UNESCO, the Chair is actively playing its role in attaining the following specific objectives

  • Increase the skills, capacity, networks and potential of leaders and prospective water managers and policy makers notably through a coordinated suite of transboundary integrated water management (IWRM) modules addressing key issues in this field
  • Strengthen and sustain institutional capacity by providing for collaboration and institutional development via professional courses, student exchanges, professional internships and flexible learning
  • Develop tools, case studies and insights on transboundary IWRM that extends global knowledge and supports IWRM
  • Cooperate closely with UNESCO and existing UNESCO Chairs on relevant programmes and activities.

Prof. Dr. Muhammad Abid, T.I., received his PhD in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, Scotland, UK in 2000. He is presently working as Director CUI Wah Campus. He is also the Director Interdisciplinary Research. He has served as Dean Faculty of Mechanical Engineering at GIK Institute and CUI.

In recognition of his outstanding services, he has been awarded Civil Award Tamgha-e-Imtiaz, PAS Gold Medal Award, HEC Outstanding Research Award, HEC Best University Teacher, MOSS Prize from the EU, and others. He has been the national coordinator for Design, Builds, and Fly competition for 9 years on behalf of STEM HEC. He is a Fellow of IMechE, Vice Chair Pak Chapter, and a Lifetime member of the Pakistan Engineering Council. He is a Mentor for the UNIDO CleanTech program, Coordinator for DICE IET Pak Chapter, Chair Impartiality Committee for CeSP, and judge for Intl design competitions and many other national and international platforms.

Prof. Abid has completed a number of international and national projects funded by EU, USAID, NSF, HEC, IDB, PSF, NCSF, Tubitak, defense sector and industry and has substantially benefitted Pakistan for its Socio-Economic Developments through technology and human resource development in the areas of Defense, Health, Water, Energy, Climate Change and National Industrial needs. He has signed certain MoUs with international universities across the globe.

As Chair holder he is closely working with national and international community and governmental and non-governmental organization under Intergovernmental Hydrological Program (IHP), USAID, PCRWR and others to address water issues.

  • To increase the skills, capacity, networks and potential of leaders and prospective water managers and policy makers, through a co-ordinated suite of Transboundary IWRM modules addressing key issues in integrated water resource management; and
  • To strengthen and sustain institutional capacity (Pakistan and Africa), by providing a platform for collaboration and institutional development via professional courses, student exchanges, professional internships and flexible learning.
  • To develop tools, case-studies and insights on Transboundary IWRM that extends global knowledge and supports integrated water resource management.
  • Seminar on Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR), by Engr. Waleed Tariq

    September 19, 2024

UNESCO Chair on Knowledge Systems for Integrated Water Resources Management, CUI Wah Campus celebrations of the World Water Day 2024 with a theme " Water for Prosperity and Peace ” for strengthen the capacity building and spread awareness among community is going to organize following activities for students, faculty members and professionals

S# List of Activities Category Tentative Date
1 Workshop in collaboration with Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI)
2 Seminar on Zero Water Waste Challenges in collaboration with Pakistan Council of Research in Water Resources (PCRWR) Seminar June 21, 2024
3 China Pakistan Marine Information Workshop (CPMI) Workshop July, 2024
4 Seminar on Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR), by Engr. Waleed Tariq Seminar September 19, 2024
5 Groundwater Symposium Seminar October, 2024
6 One Day Workshop on Extreme Event Analysis Through Remote Sensing Tool and Computer Models Workshop October, 2024
7 One Day Workshop on Advance GIS by Engr. Summera Fahmi Workshop November 21, 2024
8 21st International Conference on Frontiers of Information Technology (FIT'24) Conference December, 2024

In addition to above activities, Seminars / Lectures will be adjusted as required

The UNESCO Chair on Knowledge Systems for Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM), COMSATS University Islamabad, Wah Campus focusing on adaptation of SDGs since its inception in year 2014. The Chair is engaged in providing higher education (undergraduate and graduate level) in the fields of IT, Engineering, Sciences and Management Sciences without any gender discrimination.

The UNESCO Chair (IWRM), COMSATS University Islamabad, Wah Campus is actively contributing its role in providing a platform to all stakeholders for achieving better and more sustainable future at local, national and international levels. Engaged in spreading knowledge through organizing webinars, seminars, conferences, competitions and awareness activities and providing quality education towards eradication of poverty. Scholarships based on merit and need based awarded to deserving students for achieving sustainable development objectives to fight against Poverty and empowering girls with providing equal opportunities to excel.

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) or Global Goals are a collection of 17 interlinked goals designed to be a "blueprint to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all". The SDGs were set up in 2015 by the United Nations General Assembly (UN-GA) and are intended to bring peace and prosperity globally to all people by the year 2030. The 17 SDGs are:














Details of some activities conducted during Jan – Dec 2021 are mentioned below:




Climate –Change activities