A total of 22 second year students pursuing Bachelor of Science in Marine Engineering graduated, Wednesday October 31, 2012 after successfully completing a month long cadet training that is part of their curriculum at the National Youth Service (NYS), Gilgil. In a colourful pass out ceremony officiated by the NYS Deputy Director General, Mr. C. Muchiri and attended by Vice Chancellor Prof. Mabel Imbuga, the freshly minted cadets demonstrated learning by mounting spectacular array of military moves and antics, leaving the audience yawning for more.
The students, led by Ms. Fatma Farukh Shakur, the first ever woman commander in the history of NYS underwent the military training as required by the International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) Standards of Training, Certification and Watch-keeping (STWC).
The training entails equipping the students with skills and competencies in firefighting and prevention, first aid, and communication. Additionally, the programme moulds the cadets into physically fit, disciplined and responsible citizens, with high levels of physical, emotional, and mental endurance.
In his address during the pass out ceremony, Mr. Muchiri commended JKUAT for choosing NYS as a preferred partner in mounting the military training. He further urged for a more comprehensive engagement including staff capacity building between the two institutions.
Congratulating the students for successfully completing the training, Prof. Imbuga thanked the management of NYS for the kind gesture of taking the students through the military training.
The vice chancellor further urged the cadets to amplify the learned skills to their colleagues and asked the marine engineers to eschew irresponsible behaviors like drug and substance abuse that could potentially affect their future lives.
The ceremony which was also addressed by the NYS Commandant Mr. Edward Osore and Senior Assistant Director, Mr. Mmata James was attended by various officers of the NYS and JKUAT staff. Officers from JKUAT included the Principal, College of Engineering and Technology, Prof. Alfred Mayabi, Dean, School of Mechanical Manufacturing and Mechatronics Engineering, Prof. Bernard Ikua and the Chairman of Mechanical Engineering Department Dr. Hiram Ndiritu.