http://www.newkerala.com/news3.php?action=fullnews&id=27961 Pakistan sets up centre to help Muslim countries in science Mumbai: Pakistan has set up a research centre to help Muslim countries in framing effective science policies and introducing systems for scientific innovations, according to a leading science portal. The eight million dollar Technology and Innovation Policy Research Centre (TIPRC) in Islamabad, an initiative of the Organization of the Islamic Conference's Standing Committee on Science and Technological Cooperation (COMSTECH), was inaugurated a fortnight back, said scidev.Net. The centre, which has leading scientists and economists in its faculty, will provide training for students, government officials and policy-makers from member states of the Organisation of the Islamic Conference (OIC). Atta-ur-Rahman, Pakistan's minister for higher education and coordinator general of COMSTECH, said scientific capacity building in the Muslim world should be driven by different policy instruments depending on specific needs of individual countries and regions. The centre will carry out science and innovation policy reviews for OIC countries and produce briefing papers for their policy-makers and advisors. Of the OIC's 57 members, only a few like Egypt, Iran, Malaysia and Turkey have national academies and research councils that can give their governments scientific advice, Rehman said. Earlier, in December 2005, a 10-year plan to promote science and technology in the Muslim world was endorsed by senior officials of the 57 Islamic states in Mecca.