Faculty of Science GRC Aspirant Hon Miiro Eddy Launches His Manifesto
Having discussed in Our previous Issue about The Selection Process of GRC Sole Candidate by Chemical Engineers and What Exactly Happened ahead of the GRC Elections to be held on 30th March 2016, our reporters had an opportunity to reach out to the Chemical Engineers’ Sole Candidate and had a one-on-one talk with him about what he has in stock for the whole Fraternity of the Faculty of Science.
Our reporters were lucky or rather smart enough in the way they asked their questions prompting him to unleash the Manifesto through a direct communication to Chemical Engineers in particular.
Here is what he had to say…
“I greet you all in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ and ALLAH. I am MIIRO EDDY pursuing Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering year 3, General Secretary Association of Chemical Engineering Students (ACES) and Faculty of Science representative at the Society of Petroleum Engineering(SPE).
I am aspiring as GRC Faculty of Science 2016/17.
There are many issues and challenges at hand but first and fore most is the unheard voice of chemical engineering students; these challenges include:
Certification of BCHE students as Engineering Students in a Professional body of Uganda that is Uganda Institution of Professional Engineers (UIPE)
Delayed release of results and missing column of GPA and CGPA.
Limited furniture in lecture rooms and having combined lectures
Poor sanitation that is dirty lecture rooms and toilets yet there is also no specific ladies facility at the faculty
Project funding and per DM facilitation
Delayed Payment of Allowances
Localized Wi-Fi only at a single point on the whole Faculty
Allow me elaborate on each of these:
The unheard voice of chemical engineering students, this has been portrayed in the past GRC elections where we strived so hard not once or twice but thrice and this time round we come with a solution of unity, an initiative by ACES to have one candidate in the GRC race, surely believing for the undivided support of all BCHE students to earn this leadership position; with it much can be accomplished.
Certification of BCHE Students as Engineering Students in UIPE. This has been on going in Kyambogo University Engineering Society (KYUES) and Dr. Kwetegyeka Justus is also agitating for the same but can be achieved with a coordinated relationship, through ACES, to fight for our space as Professional Engineers even after graduation.
Delayed release of results, this highly affects us in such a way that even attaining a testimonial for the previous semester is close to impossible though most internship and job vacancy applications require results up to your last semester of study; there is a solution to this by the head of department to upload our results to our student portals which is already in progress but looking forward for it being done earlier enough and effectively. Apart from that, the results lists that are ordinarily pinned do not have a column for the GPA or CGPA, without this we cannot know whether they calculated it right or there is more effort needed to improve; this leaves us in a dilemma. All this can be solved with a louder voice of a GRC expressing our state of dissatisfaction.
Limited furniture in lecture rooms and having combined lectures. This highly affects the BCHE students in year one that were admitted in large numbers with no proper budget for their facilities and it worsens when day and evening class are joined to have one lecture. I know frankly that this is unfair, we deserve to have bigger lecture rooms time tabled for us with adequate furniture so that even if we are to be combined for one lecture, we should neither carry seats nor sit outside the lecture room.
Poor sanitation that is, dirty lecture rooms and toilets yet there is also no specific ladies’ facility at the faculty. This highly affects academic performance; it is human that a clean environment motivates one’s activities. Through the Guild we can advocate for disposal bins, effective regular cleaning of lecture rooms and toilets plus an established ladies’ facility at the Faculty of Science.
Project funding and per DM facilitation. SCIENCE and ENGINEERING inspires innovation which comes with research and product development projects and I know for sure that at University level projects can be funded which also helps the whole university at large through basically marketing our knowledge; these funds may be well budgeted to provide equipment, constructing better laboratories with up to date technology, improving to a better research environment, facilitating project trips and also building good relations between Kyambogo university and other institutions that already have the facilities in place.
Delayed payment of allowances especially government students whose faculty, internship allowances are received a long way into their industrial training. This is very inconvenient to both the parents, who know that their children do not have to bother them with any finances and the students, who find difficult living conditions; this has been solved in Makerere University and the same can be done in KYAMBOGO UNIVERSITY since they are all public universities.
Localized Wi-Fi only at a single point on the whole Faculty. I appreciate so much the administration of Faculty of Science and the University for the Wireless Network that was provided to us early 2015 but we deserve Wi-Fi in our various lecture rooms, its inconvenient when all students stand in the walk ways and sit on the pavement to access the internet more so if the Wi-Fi is only at one edge of the faculty. This can be solved by distributing it to the various offices around the Faculty so that also lecture rooms close by are supplied.
I appreciate our patron Dr Okullo Aldo and the fact that we have started this journey of unity with the committed good heart to find solutions to our challenges of which your ideas make a difference and your consistent support drives us a mile further to look for a way forward.
MIIRO EDDY for Guild Representative Council Faculty of Science 2016/17, am humbled by your trust in me to take up this responsibility and I promise never to fail you for it is our right to be served by the leader we vote.
“Ready to transform the society” Thank you.