MKU sets aside Sh10m for research programmes

By James Wakahiu
MKU has set aside Sh10 million to help its lecturers in their research, the university Deputy Vice Chancellor in charge of research and development Prof. John Nderitu has said.

 Prof. Nderitu said the much hyped vision 2030 would remain a pipe dream if universities and other research institutions do not engage in generating necessary knowledge for rapid prosperity.
 Universities and research should play their cardinal role of doing serious research to generate the required knowledge for national growth”, said Prof. Nderitu.
 He said that MKU was committed in research, innovation and technology, spending 70 per cent of its budget in this area.
 Prof. Nderitu made said this during a five day seminar on training course in professionalism and ethics in research. The seminar being at SACDEP in Thika, was co-sponsored by MKU two university of Nairobi senior lecturers Dr. James Muthomi and Dr. John Wagacha.
 Prof. Nderitu said it was unfortunate that about 70 per cent of lecturers in public university have never written any publication. He said 50 per cent of these lecturers have never attended any conference.
 “Lecturers who in class teaching without writing any publication and attending conferences should not expect any promotion,” said Prof. Nderitu, adding  MKU, which has since started offering free training initiative on research, innovation and technology in a cherish effort to create a research culture, was ready to spend Sh100,000 to sponsor each lecturer willing to publish.