From Femi Oyelola, Kaduna
The Vice-Chancellor, Kaduna State University (KASU), Prof. Muhammad Tanko has commended the state government for the substantial support in promoting research activities in the university.
Tanko, who gave the commendation in an interview with the media in Kaduna, yesterday, described research as “key” in responding to human needs.
He particularly thanked Gov. Nasir El-Rufa’i led-administration for the recent support to the university to set up a research grant tagged, “KASU-VC Mini Research Fund.”
He explained that the fund, established in 2020 would be giving out research grant every year, to academic staff in KASU and scholars affiliated to the university for a multidisciplinary research.
“The 2020 grant is specifically to study the impact of Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic in the implementation of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in the state.
“This is one among many other researches being supported by the state government to position the university to effectively respond to societal problems and needs
“So far, with the government support, we have entered into collaboration with more than 10 foreign universities in the U.S., Japan, Malaysia and Europe on different research areas.
“We really commend the state government for giving premium to research with a view to ensure sustainable development in the state and the nation,” Tanko said.
The VC said that KASU would continue to do its best to remain relevant, not only in training of intellectuals but in finding solutions to societal problems for growth and development.
He said that scholars interested in the KASU-VC COVID-19 mini research grant should submit their research proposal online via https://forms.gle/49aZyYyUcUHCQJB9A.
He added that the deadline for the submission of the proposal was May 24, 2020.
He said: “The 2020 research theme is: “COVID-19 and Implementation of Sustainable Development Goals: The Kaduna State Dynamics”.
“Other sub-themes include, COVID-19 and individual and group behaviour; COVID-19 and promoting good health; the science of COVID-19: indigenous knowledge; Covid-19 and informal sector; and education, virtual learning and Covid-19 global pandemic.
“Others are COVID-19 and health informatics, health information behaviour and fake news; big data and COVID-19 pandemic; COVID 19 and ethical issues; and characterisation of COVID-19,” he said.