A United Nations Certified Staff Observer Officer Course serial 11 was run at Peacekeeping Training Department, CIPS from 17 Oct to 28 October 2016. This course had twenty two participants which included Ten Pakistani Armed Forces and Twelve Foreign participants. Foreign participants were from Sri Lanka, Nigeria, Egypt, Malaysia, Nepal, UK and Russia. For the first time a Russian participants also attended the course. An Instructor from Malaysia also came as part of the faculty on the basis of mutual exchange.
The participants went through the learning process which included all the four UN modules including Core Pre deployment Training and Specialized Military Training. Besides PKT department Faculty members, the lectures/ discussions were given by multifaceted experts/ Guest Speakers which included members from UN Agencies, Senior Armed Forces Officers, UN Mission Experts, Officers from Military Operations Directorate, GHQ and few others. A two day situation based scenario oriented CARANA exercise was also conducted which gave lot of practical experience to the participants.
Foreign students were administratively looked after well. They were taken around Islamabad as well as Murree, a nearby hill resort for site seeing, shopping and excursion. On the second last day, a farewell dinner was hosted at a nearby restaurant. The course ended with a formal closing ceremony which was attended by reps of UN organizations, many Defence Attaches and others. A UN Integrated certified Certificates were awarded by the Rector NUST, Lieutenant General Engr Muhammed Asghar (Retd)