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Mbarara University Students Showcase ICT Innovations Amid Calls for Funding

Students at Mbarara University of Science and Technology (MUST) yesterday appealed to government to start funding student’s innovative projects in universities.

The call was made during the university’s 5th Annual Faculty of Computing and Informatics (FCI) Awards event, where various students are recognized for their unique innovative projects designed to address certain issues in the community.

At the event, Isifu Mwase a 4th year computer engineering student emerged the overall winner with his waste energy incinerator project which he designed to address the problem of waste disposal.

The innovation he said is helping reduce the volumes of waste in hospitals.

“We get patients garbage as biodegradable waste and put it in a bio-digester to decompose and produce methane gas which is use in our generator. We have a generator which we reversed from using fuel, to using methane gas. It provides us with electric and tap this energy to power our incinerator which will burn the non-degradable waste,” Isifu explained.

“We are therefore using waster to burn waste”

Mr Isifu said students would come up with more of such projects if they had a little more support from government.

“For instance we came up with this machine. If we fail to get money to develop it further and someone from abroad comes in to support us; we will sell it to them  and country will have lost.”

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“We therefore urge the government to come and take up these best projects at institutional level to make them applicable.”

Isifu said he and his colleagues invested 3.6M in buying components like motion detector, incinerator, bio-digester, gas sensors, cooling system, and natural gas powered generator. His project, he says, with enough support, can be rolled out withing two years.

Speaking at the event, Deputy Dean, Faculty of Computing and Informatics, Dr. Angella Musiimenta challenged students to take up the projects as businesses after the studies.

She said government will be willing to help them if they have something serious to show.

The dean also advised the student to try and sell and expose their ideas and projects online to get support from government and other donors.

“We have various develop initiatives where work can be submitted for some funding; one of them by the ICT Ministry. We even have Google and several others initiatives that can support your work,” she said.

The winning group was awarded Shs UGX 500,000 and runners up Shs. 250,000.

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