RIYADH: MD RASOOLDEEN
Published — Friday 17 October 2014
Last update 17 October 2014 12:24 am
The King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology (KACST) is to set up 100 clubs to promote scientific inventions.
“This is a new project undertaken by KACST to help young Saudi men and women to develop their skills to promote scientific inventions,” Mansour Al-Ghamdi, director of the scientific awareness program at KACST, told Arab News on Thursday.
The project, which is fully funded by the Abdul Rahman Al-Rajhi Foundation and Isterlab, the training center at Badir program for Technology Incubators, will conduct the training programs for youth to take up leadership in the proposed clubs.
The tripartite agreement was signed by Saad Abdul Rahman Al-Rajhi, member of the board of trustees of the Abdul Rahman Al-Rajhi Foundation, Al-Ghamdi and Muhannad Abudiyyah, chief executive officer of Isterlab.
Al-Ghamdi said that the idea is to create awareness among Saudi youth about the prospects of creating scientific inventions.
He pointed out that the project is part of the KACST program for the National Science,Technology and Innovation Plan (NSTIP).
Al-Rajhi said his foundation is geared to assisting charity work, which would help the people of the Kingdom. He said the foundation is happy to participate in this project, which would help the younger generation.
Abudiyyah said that his institution will be in charge of training the youth to prepare themselves to carry out the objectives of the club.
He said that the first group of 25 men and 25 women would be trained in the Saudi capital in early November.
He pointed out that most of the training programs would be conducted online.
“This will make it easier for participants to get regular updates on the program,” he said.
Abudiyyah, who is also a distinguished inventor, said the participants of the training program will be from universities and schools.
“We will give them practical training to identify new areas for invention and help them develop their innovative skills,” he said.
He said that there are some invention clubs in some parts of the Kingdom and the new project would help the members of such clubs improve their existing projects.
Abudiyyah won the Arab Youth Council for Integrated Development Award earlier this year from among 200 other participants that came from all over the Arab world.
The award was presented at a ceremony in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt.
Abudiyyah is considered a prominent Saudi inventor. He has registered nine inventions despite his inability to see or to use his right leg after a horrific accident.
The most important of his inventions is a Saudi submarine.
In addition, he was able to establish Isterlab training center, which is also considered a scientific and cultural project that deals with nurturing, preparing and coaching inventors while providing all they require in terms of products and services.
Abudiyyah composed a book about inventions in Arabic titled “The World of Inventions.” The book explains everything that an inventor might need or face in order to overcome hindrances and accomplish success.