PS Kiyiapi routes for Applied Research

The fifth JKUAT Scientific, Technological and Industrialization Conference that opened three days ago closed Friday November 19, 2010 at JKUAT with Education Permanent Secretary Prof. James Ole Kiyiapi calling on the country’s researchers to undertake research based on the problems facing majority of Kenyans at the grassroots. Prof. Ole Kiyiapi challenged researchers to evaluate their research by assessing the impact such findings had on the masses arguing that the common practice for researchers to conduct studies for the sole purposes of publishing was now outdated.

The PS in a speech during the official closing ceremony of the conference that attracted over 144 researchers drawn from over five countries in Africa, Asia, Europe and North America reminded those in the enterprise of research that the world was rapidly changing to the extent that the utility of knowledge could only be useful if it provided solutions to societal problems. The PS was flanked by the Vice Chancellor Prof. Mabel Imbuga and Deputy Vice Chancellors Prof. Esther Kahangi of Research, Production and Extension) and Prof. Romanus Odhaimbo in charge of Academic Affairs.

Education Permanent Secretary, Prof. James ole Kiyiapi looks at Jatropha seeds when he visited the exhibition stand at the Fifth JKUAT Annual Scientific, Technology and Industrialization Conference. Prof. Kiyiapi officially closed the three day forum on Friday November 19, 2010 and called on researchers to abandon their Ivory Towers and interact with citizens in solving day-to-day problems.

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