ISLAMABAD – The Islamic Development Bank (IDB) has approved Technical Assistance matching grant of approximately Rs 60 million for capacity building at International Islamic University, Islamabad. The project aims to strengthen the existing Advanced Electronics Laboratory in the university with the specific purpose of studying various scientific problems in next-generation micro-, nano- and opto-electronic devices and systems.
The grant and scientific theme of the research is supported by the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory/University of California, Berkeley, US, as an IIU partner. Undergraduate and graduate students both in Engineering and Allied Sciences will be able to utilize these state-of-the-art facilities in the laboratory. The project also aims to act as user facility within the scientific community by arranging reach-out sessions, national level workshops and training on the sophisticated equipments. 
The IDB grant is the university’s first major research-specific award at international level and will open up avenues for further development in the area of scientific research.