The Seeding Lab Instrumental Access (SLIA) program is a competitive program advertised annually targeting institutions of higher learning with limited resources in the developing countries to finance procurement of research equipment. Following call for applications for laboratory equipment by the SLIA program in 2018, the Department of Biotechnology (UoE) through Dr. Emmy Chepkoech who is a faculty member, participated and was successfully awarded laboratory equipment worth between 20 to 25 million Kenya Shillings in the year 2019.
The arrival of the equipment is a great milestone and an opportunity to advance on the quality of education, training and research this will highly contribute to the achievement of the Kenya’s Big 4 Agenda, Vision 2030 goals and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to alleviate food insecurity and to increase income among the general population. The equipment enables hands-on training that significantly accelerates learning, link theory and practice, enabling the students to capture the concepts fast. It also allows postgraduate students to complete their studies on time as well as improve our output in research and service delivery. The equipment has given us the capacity to act and permit to regain our destiny in the unprecedented worldwide struggle.
University of Eldoret highly acknowledges the assistance from Seeding Labs Organization for the support through equipment donation. We also acknowledge the profound contribution by the VC and the UoE Management in availing the requisite funds for the equipment’s delivery. We also acknowledge the current and the former HoD, Biotechnology and the other members in the contribution for the success of the acquisition of the equipment.
The equipment arrived at the University at Thursday 22nd, April 2021 and was offloaded at the department of Biotechnology laboratory. The receipt and offloading of the equipment started at 12.20 pm and was witnessed by the members present as listed below. The equipment’s received were counterchecked as per the document that had been previously received from the Seeding Labs and all the documents marched.
The Members present included; Prof. Vincent Sudoi (Director, Research and Innovation), Dr. Oliver Kiplagat (Dean, School of Agriculture and Biotechnology), Dr. Pkennedy Pkania (HoD, Biotechnology Department), Dr. Ruth Njoroge (HoD, Soil Science Department), Dr. Victoria Anjichi (HoD, Seed, Crop and Horticultural Science Department), Dr. Emmy Chepkoech (Applicant), Ms. Alice Nyoro (Purchasing and procurement Department) Mr. Barnabas Agar (Deputy Finance Officer), Mr. Amos Ego (Member), Mr. Stephen Kimno (Member), Nicholas Lagat (Member), Mr. Nadhan Muasya (Member), Ms. Josephine Barasa (Member) Ms. Peninah Kamanda (Intern at Corporate Affairs and Marketing office) and Mr. Zacharia Ashubwe (Transporter).
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