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17 UNIMA researchers receive grants from government

Written by  Synd Kalimbuka and Arthur Mvuta
one of the beneficiaries (2nd from left) receiving a cheque from Banda. -Pic by Synd Kalimbuka one of the beneficiaries (2nd from left) receiving a cheque from Banda. -Pic by Synd Kalimbuka

Zomba, May 25: Ministry of Education, Science and Technology has presented a K8.5 million grant to 17 upcoming University of Malawi researchers to carry out research in various fields.

The presentation ceremony took place on Thursday at Chancellor College where representatives from government and constituent colleges of UNIMA witnessed the occasion.

Chief Director of Basic and Secondary education in the Ministry of Education, Thokozile Banda said the presentation of the cheques marks the high level commitment of government in the education sector.

She said that government the Ministry would make sure that researches are conducted to produce good results for the benefit of all Malawians.

“Government has gone to establish National Commission for Science and Technology which is charged with coordination of all research activities in the country and that later inform policy making,” Banda explained.

The Chief Director assured students that her ministry shall make sure that resources are put aside every year to support this initiative.

She said plans were underway to increase the grant facility so as to benefit more student researchers.

Banda appealed to Universities to make sure that research is relevant enough to inform policy not just to meet academic requirements.

“We strongly believe that research must be people centred, designed to help address a particular challenge and influence planners on where to allocate resources for effectiveness and the benefit of people of Malawi,” she said.

Vice Chancellor for University of Malawi (UNIMA) Prof. John Kalenga Saka was grateful to the Ministry of Education for supporting the needy graduate students with funds to pursue their different programmes at masters’ level through the initiative.

‘We are very committed to help these young researchers to finish their programmes within the prescribed period of three to four years and we are looking forward to government’s commitment to double or triple funds in the next round, so that there will be growth in the higher education sector,” he said.

Saka explained that the beneficiaries of the grant would sign a contract and open an account with their respective universities where they would provide quarterly and end of project reports to accounts for the funds they have received.

The K 8.5 million was given to 17 students with each receiving K500, 000.00.

They were drawn from Mzuzu University, Chancellor College, Malawi University of Science and Technology, Kamuzu College of Nursing and Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources.

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