VC COMMENDS CASTER AS IBBUL EXCELS IN TETFUND NATIONAL RESEARCH FUND PROPOSALS

For the numerous efforts in propelling research activities  at the Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida University, Lapai, which has made the institution a force to reckon with, the Centre for Applied Sciences and Technology (CASTER) has again received a pat on the back by the Vice Chancellor, Professor Muhammad Nasir Maiturare.
The Vice Chancellor made the commendation at the National Research Fund (NRF) Management Seminar organised by the  Centre in Lapai to enable two researchers present their research work.
The two research work presented were on, “Organically Modified Nano-clay and Clay Nano-composite as Novel Antiseptics for Adsorption of some Mycotoxins in Agricultural Commodities”, by Professor Niranjan Kumar of the Faculty of Agriculture and his team; and “Language, Literature and the Environment: Representation of Ecological Crises in Imaginative Arts”, by Professor Emmanuel Egya Sule of the Faculty of Languages and his team.
Professor Maiturare stressed that to create the enabling environment  for further researches, the entire academic staff of the University should be part of such presentations, so that many others can learn from the award winners.
He explained that the National Universities Commission (NUC) has made it very clear that every university should identify her research niches and work in all ways possible to ensure that research proposals of staff and students align with such peculiarly identified research areas. He said this much was re-echoed at a recent retreat organised by the NUC for Vice Chancellors of State owned Universities recently.
Speaking earlier, the Director of the University Research Centre, Professor Nuhu Obaje disclosed that the research proposal presentation to the Management was a part of the monitoring and control  policy of all research activities in the University and particularly the National Research Fund projects.
He explained further  that out of over four hundred concept notes received by the Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETfund) for the 2019/2020 cycle, three hundred and fifty were selected as being successful to proceed to the proposal stage.
He said in the process, IBB University alone had five proposals in that category, making the University to have won more than the national average at the concept notes stage and worthy of celebration.
The five successful research proposals, according to Professor Obaje are: “Leveraging on Tourism as a Potential for Enhancing Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) in Niger State: A Proposed Policy Document” by Dr. Bashir Danlami Sarkin-Daji of Business Administration Department; “Assessment of Improved Production and Processing Technologies on Productivity and Profitability  of Smallholder Rice Farmers and Processors in Northern Nigeria”, by Professor Alimi Folorunsho Lawal of Agricultural Economics; “Recycling Agro-waste Nutrients to make Insect Protein and Oil for Sustainable Production of Livestock Feed in Nigeria”by Dr. Solomon Danjuma of Crop Science Department.
Others are, “Application of Bio-technology to Develop Tropical Sugar Beet (Beta vulgaris) Variety for Increased Sugar  and Ethanol Production in Nigeria”, by Dr. Mohammed Aliyu  Paiko of Bio-Chemistry Department; and “Ethno-Religious Conflict and Peace Resolution in Nigeria: A Comparative Study of High and Low Conflicts Since 1960 and the Way Foeward”, by Professor John Boyi Omonu of Faculty of Education, respectively.
Professor Obaje further expressed that many proposals are currently being evaluated for the TETfund  Institutional Based Research projects. He said only researchers who previously won such grants and who rendered good accounts of their works would be invited as assessors for the present round of evaluation procedures to select half of the 35 proposals submitted for the Institutional Based Research (IBR) projects.

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