Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology once again dominated and remained on top of things at the Agricultural Society of Kenya (ASK) Central show where it swept aside all competitors easily enabling the university to clinch first position each in nine categories including the best theme interpretation stand, education stand, research organization stand, and best university stand among others. President Mwai Kibaki, who spent most his time at the JKUAT stand, Thursday September 17, 2009, presented the nine trophies to the university’s Deputy Vice Chancellor in charge of Research, Production and Extension, Prof. Esther Kahangi who represented the vice chancellor, Prof. Mabel Imbuga.
Thousands of show goers jammed the JKUAT stand which was exhibiting a number of researches and innovations crucial to the country’s national development agenda. Among the highlights at the stand was the university’s initiation of a new computer based voting system designed by the department of mechatronic engineering final year students that might wipe out election malpractices in the country. Visitors to the stand were also greatly impressed by the university’s department of physics program to develop a piece of equipment for designing security logos that will make it hard for manufacturers used to fake products and merchandise.
The university also was demonstrating the importance of mathematics to national development mainly emphasizing the fact that national goals were likely to fail in a country that did not invest enough in the training of mathematics to its manpower citing the Asian Tigers that were now clearly emerging economic powers. The president accompanied by Agriculture Minister, William Ruto, commended the university for its prioritization of research that he said was crucial in addressing the country’s economic problems particularly food security. The entire university Senate held its sitting Thursday September 17, 2009 at the university’s stand which was also attended by the Deputy Vice Chancellors, Prof. Francis Njeruh and Prof. Romanus Odhiambo.