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Higher Education Minister hands over K500,000 emergency research grants

General News Higher Education Minister hands over K500,000 emergency research grants

Higher Education Minister Dr. Brian Mushimba has handed over K500,000 emergency research grants towards 5 proposals for the immediate funding of the county’s Scientific Community to make a contribution towards combating the covid – 19 pandemic.

Dr. Mushimba said the Government constituted a team of experts drawn from various discplines that includes epidemiology, bio-statistics, bio-analytical chemistry to produce a strategic paper on appropriate mitigation interventions against COVID – 19 in Zambia now finalised and being reviewed in the Ministry.

Dr. Mushimba was elated and called upon multidisciplinary eminent scientists and researchers to occupy a critical role to the generation of knowledge and solutions that will help in the prevention and containment of the current outbreak of the COVID – 19 in Zambia.

The Minister urged the teams to ensure that the undertaken proposed research will yield the desires outcomes.

“My advise to Research and Development players is not to go to sleep, as scientists hold the key,” he said.

Dr Mushimba also called on researchers and academicians in the Institutions of higher learning to use academia – brilliance pedagogy atmosphere as right platforms to recognise own local solutions.

He encouraged the key players to also embark on innovations of food security, climate change and other important economic issues.

He recalled that the Copperbelt Univeristy embarking on partnerships developed enhanced information management systems for the Zambia Revenue Authority e-tax online, and Zambia Qualifications Authority E-Certification a clear testimony of local solutions that must be supported.

The proposals by research teams are under thematic areas that comprise diseases transmission dynamics and prevention and control.

Dr. Mushimba said the event (proposed Covid – 19 research) emanates from the earlier combination of discussions and efforts of the Ministry, scientists and researchers to generate knowlegde that will create local solutions for not only the COVID pandemic but cutting accross.

He desclosed that the Ministry has a strategic research fund – of K10 million to support projects that can uplift relevance of research. He further disclosed that Ministry supports the JETS with K2 million funding towards junior scientists.

And out of 57 recieved applications of the solutions to COVID – 19 pandemic research proposals screened by the National Science and Technology Council (NSTC), 14 emerged successful and 5 approved for immediate funding whilst 9 approved on conditional funding.

The funds were awarded to the University of Zambia, Levy Mwanawasa Medical University and Eden University.

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11 COMMENTS

  1. How come these PF guys appear to have money but they can’t pay civil servants their salaries?
    Where are they hiding utusaka twandalama?

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  2. This is another corrupt moron Brian…he has never sued Tayali for his allegation. He wasted £30million on the pointless national airline.

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  3. This is one useless man that will make the residence grade for prison once PF is removed.

    What a disappointment.

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  4. Education is a priority sector for the pf government. This shows how much we value education. Excellent. As usual above we have people in diaspora who are not eligible to vote but are quick to open their ugly mouths.

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  5. Always too late. Always too slow. Did you know average Zambian football match starts kick off at 15:25 after lining up on pitch at 15:05? The same thing is repeated at halftime? 1 hour late.
    Covid19 in Zambia is finished 2 weeks ago, after arrest of minister of coronavirus. That Mushindo’s money will just go on individual building plots.

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  6. Brian Mushimba should seriously be considered for President. Lungu should resign because Lungu is not electable, President Lungu has been mostly absent from the public eye we need a young vibrant leader in Brian, with his Veep being Davis Chama and Alexander Chiteme as Finance Minister.
    Kampyongo, Bowman Lusambo. Dora Siliya and Jean Kapata retired in national interest and Chilufya and Chitotela being sent to prison.

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  7. KKKKKKKK,
    THEY HAVE STARTED RELEASING STOLEN MONEY FROM THEIR POCKETS, PRESIDENT K30M, BAPELENI, BRIAN STOLE SMALL AMOUNT K500, 000, WE WANT TO HERE CHITOTELA AND KAMPYONGO TO, KKKKK WHAT ABOUT GIVEN LUBINDA AND NKANDU LUO? CITIZENS PLEASE WAIT SOON MONEY WILL BE OUT. SOMEONE HAS DONATED K2M KULI BAKATOLIKA. SHATAMPA UKWITIKA. LUSAMBO VERY SOON SHIMPUNDU CHIFWOKOLA ALA PELE ATI IN MEMORY OF ESTHER AND EDGAR I GIVE KU KABUSHI K1M.

  8. Resesrch and development (R&D) in any country is a priority sector. Thank you engineer Mushimba for raising the relevance of this sector and giving it a platform. Thank you ba PF. Just continue like this and we shall vote for you again in 2021.

  9. What research can be done by 3 universities for R500,000 ? I left Zambia decades ago is this not 26,000 Dollars?
    What a joke

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