The Pakistan Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (PCSIR) is a government-owned science and industrialisation research organisation which mainly focuses on the development of industrial research. Initially established as Pakistan Department of Research in 1951, it was reformulated in its current state in 1953. The PCSIR was established in 1953 for the development of scientific and technical Research and Development (R&D) and to provide infrastructure for industrial development in Pakistan. The organisation was founded under the Societies Act to promote the cause of Science and Technology in the country. Since 1973, it has functioned under the Act of Parliament. The organisation was under control of Pakistan’s Ministry of Science and Technology, and was given autonomous control in 1984. The PCSIR has several geographically dispersed research centres. PCSIR has four regional offices in each of the provincial capitals, with the head office in Islamabad. There are eleven Laboratories and units and five HRD Centres established throughout the country.
COMSATS also provides an institutional platform for North-South technical cooperation in areas of common interest such as Energy, Health, Education, Information Technology, and Environment. The flagship projects of COMSATS in Pakistan are open to all Member Countries for training and consultancy.