Four JKUAT students have benefited from Mrs. Krishna Uppal Education Fund, a fund founded in memory and honour of Mrs. Krishna Uppal, the late wife to Prof. Surindar. M. Uppal, a Senior Professor in the School of Mathematical Sciences.
Lucy Wanjeri, Kelvin Lodenyi, James Akuma and Paul Wachira each received Kshs. 50,000 to support their university education.
While awarding the cheques to the students, Director, ECONIC and friend to the Uppals, Dr. Rakhee Kantaria, lauded Mrs. Krishna’s efforts in education saying she had a soft spot for girls’ education and spent most of her life promoting the cause.
Mr. Rabinder Uppal, the son to the late Mrs. Krishna, promised that the fund would endeavor to grow so as to cater for more students especially the female students in higher education in the country in honour of his mother.
“My mother saw power in education. I hope through this fund we will be able to keep her dreams and aspirations alive,” said Mr. Uppal.
On her part, Vice Chancellor, Prof. Victoria Wambui Ngumi, paid tribute to the philanthropic nature of the late Mrs. Krishna Uppal saying the fund’s effort will significantly impact positively on the lives of learners.
“Indeed, this is not a mean gesture. It takes serious commitment and selflessness to divert funds towards this cause that many would not,” appreciated Prof. Ngumi.
She also acknowledged the donation of 260 text books worth Kshs 300,000/- that was earlier donated through the fund towards benefiting students pursuing mathematics, chemistry, physics and statistics at the College of Pure and Applied Sciences November 7, 2018.
In memory to his wife, Prof. Uppal delivered a public lecture dubbed ‘The Story of an Inscrutable Mathematical Genius’ to students, faculty and the members of the public who congregated at the JKUAT Main Campus, Juja.
In his address, Prof. Uppal highlighted the story of Srinivasa Ramanujan, a self-taught mathematical prodigy from a town outside Chennai in South India. Borrowing from Ramanjun tribulations with mathematics, Prof Uppal said the business of a mathematician was to add something to mathematics and to prove new theorems and results.
According to the Professor of Mathematics, Ramanujan was a gift to mathematics and science. Many of the formulas he recorded have powered the science of our present and future.
The fund also donated 5 branded benches worth Kshs. 59, 000 for use by students in the University parks.