Indian Ambassador to Zimbabwe, His Excellency Mr Rungsung Masakuwi has reaffirmed his government’s commitment to support the Harare Institute of Technology in its endeavor to maximize benefits from staff development programmes. He was speaking at a reception to honour over 60 staff development fellows who have returned home from India where they were pursuing graduate studies.
By Cisco. Eng Shingie Lev Muringi
“ I hope what you learned and absorbed in India will come handy in helping your own country move forward in terms of technology development and innovation,” said the Indian Ambassador to Zimbabwe Mr Masakuwi.
Mr Masakuwi also added that he was impressed with the outputs from the HIT’s Technology Centre and is sure that HIT will harness more technologies for national development from this centre. He also pledged more support to HIT. “As an indication of our continued support to HIT, an expert team of HMT is already here to do a feasibility study for the upgrading of the Technology Centre. It is our commitment to continue providing support to such Institutes and centres which symbolize the finest of India-Zimbabwe cooperation,” he said.
In his congratulatory message to the Staff Development Fellows, Mr Masakuwi challenged them to rise above modern challenges. “I hope you will take advantage of what you have acquired and get ready to contribute to the progress and development of Zimbabwe. May you contribute to make Zimbabwe a humane, happy and technology-driven but compassionate society”, he concluded.
In his remarks HIT Vice Chancellor Eng. Q.C Kanhukamwe said he was highly elated that His Excellency the Indian Ambassador to Zimbabwe was on HIT campus for the first time to bear witness and testify to the good fruits of his government’s engagement with Zimbabwe.
Vice Chancellor Kanhukamwe added that HIT is committed to consolidating its Innovation and Technopreneurial signature by promoting scholarship through the inculcation of a hands-on approach to curriculum based on robust M.Tech and D.Tech staff development initiative as the developed staff will ultimately drive research and development, innovative outputs as well as intellectual Property generation.
“As we grow HIT, we remain focused in all our activities on the need to produce a new generation of technology cadres that are hands-on, competency and profiency driven as well as having the stamina to venture into and set up hi-tech business enterprises.
Your Excellency, HIT is ever grateful for the ITEC programme which has seen more of our staff members going for short term and refresher courses that have gone a long way in increasing their productivity within the university. It is our hope that these linkages will continue to be strengthened,” said the Vice Chancellor.
Eng. Kanhukamwe also advised that the Institute’s capacity building programme is still proceeding with 40 students currently studying for various M.Tech degree programmes and another 20 have enrolled for doctoral studies.
The staff development fellows were based at the Delhi Technological University and Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University where they undertook Master of Technology degree programmes ranging from Software Engineering, Microwave and Optical Communication, Thermal Engineering, Information Technology, Computer Science and Engineering, Nano Technology, Neural Networks, Chemical Engineering, Real Time Systems, among others. The fellows were derived from various departments within the Institute, such as Software Engineering, Electronic Engineering, Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering, Information Technology, Chemical Process and Systems Engineering, Computer Sciences and Biotechnology.
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