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Meru University of Science and Technology Praised For Life-Changing Innovations

The Ministry of Education, Science and Technology has lauded the Meru University of Science and Technology for coming up with five innovations that have acted as a catalyst in research and innovation to provide new opportunities and problems in society.

While at the institution during its first International Research and Innovation conference recently, University Education and Research PS Simon Nabukwesi praised the institution for setting the bar high in innovations and research by seizing and implementing ideas whenever they arise. He lauded the university’s latest discovery, a device that helps blind people conduct their activities with ease.

While showing the government’s commitment to supporting research activities for economic growth, PS Nabukwesi said that scholars determine the quality of a population in a country.

“When people are not active anywhere or do not achieve anything in research, academic development and innovation, then the country is on its deathbed. However, when they are active, featuring and participating in research, then the country is on the right track,” said Nabukwesi.

Besides, Nabukwesi praised the institution for rewarding the best students.

“They have internalized the idea of capacity building by identifying undergraduate students who get first and second class honours and are smart in class. Sponsoring these students, researchers and lecturers in the university,” said PS Nabukwesi.

Another discovery made is the competence network for e-inclusion and assistive technologies which enables students who are physically challenged to learn with ease. The technology was made in partnership with other universities (Machakos and Murang’a).

The institution has also come up with a sanitary pad dispenser and incinerator for ease of access and disposal for use by adolescent women.

Another innovation was a brooder that boost the production of poultry and reduces wastage and increases the survival of chicks.

The university is also conducting research on adding value to camel milk for a more nutritious, enriching and healthy product.

PS Nabukwesi called on Kenyans to be patriotic and loyal to their country through valuable partnerships.

Nabukwesi called such conferences a good way of sharing ideas, training and empowering others for human development.

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