Technical college establishes Engineering program to boost Agriculture


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Local News
Technical college establishes engineering program to boost agriculture
By Staff reporter
The Arusha Technical College becomes the first higher learning institution in Tanzania to include in its curricular a special course to complement the country's latest agricultural initiative 'Kilimo Kwanza.'
“We have established a 'Bachelor degree program in Civil and Irrigation engineering,” revealed Dr Richard Masika the college principal adding that the new course of study has been specially formulated to meet market demand as well as to both aid and boost farming activities in the country. He pointed out that ATC was the first institution to establish the special course.
“Already the Arusha Technical College has received about 110 applications for the program for which a total of 30 students have already been enrolled and among them 25 have started training,” Dr Masika said.
The Chairman of the ATC board Mr Abraham Nyanda stated that the Tanzania Education Authority has injected 160 million/- into the college funds, the money being meant to purchase all the necessary teaching materials, technical equipment and other necessary items required for the 'civil and irrigation engineering course.'
The Executive Secretary of the National Council for Technical Education Mr Joffer Magila lauded the ATC move to introduce the program which is in line with the government policy of giving the agriculture sector first priority and urged other higher institutions of learning to emulate the example.
Mr Magila had over the weekend graced the ATC second graduation after the college became autonomous in 2007.
The Arusha Technical College has a total of 672 students which is an increase of around 75 percent since 2007 when ATC replaced the overhauled Technical College of Arusha (TCA) which was established in 1978 by the Tanzanian Government in Association with Germany.
A total of 75 students graduated at ATC over the weekend among them, graduands of Ordinary Diplomas in Electrical engineering (23), Transport engineering (18), Civil Engineering (17), Automotive engineering (11) and Mechanical engineering (6). There were only eight female students in the batch.

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