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Worries as 50 pct of researchers over 45 years old

Discussion in 'Tech, Gadgets & Science Forum' started by Gama, Aug 13, 2010.

  1. Gama

    Gama JF-Expert Member

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    There are worries in Tanzania’s research institutions as over 50 per cent of the staff, crucial for the country’s scientific and technological development, is above 45 years old.
    This was revealed by Commission of Science and Technology, Dr Hassan Mshinda yesterday.
    “This means that there is an urgent need to recruit more researchers to give support to these aging experts,” he said.
    He said the government had already committed 30bn/- for research activities in the country, the amount being part of the 1 per cent of (the GDP) what it promised to stake out from this year’s budget.
    He said priority would be given on technology transfer on proven research results to end users instead of continuing to invest in new researches.
    He said at the moment there were many shelved researches in the cache, which were yet to reach the end users.
    Mshinda said that the funds would be used not on new researches to the world, but to create something new in the country using past shelved researches.
    “The 30bn/- is just part of the one per cent the government promised to give to facilitate research activities in the country. We are happy that it has begun to live to its promise. But the priority at the moment is to ensure that shelved researches find their way to end users,” he said.
    He added that there were many researches conducted, which were yet to reach targeted people like farmers and industrialists.
    “There have been cries by researchers that their valuable works have been rotting in cupboards for lack of funds to implement them. Now we are going to ensure that the researchers take them to the end users.”
    Dr Mshinda who was fielding questions from reporters at a briefing on a workshop on science, technology and innovation (STI) programming and budgeting for Tanzania slated for today in the Coast Region.
    After clearing the cache, he said, funding would to the second segment of supporting new research activities and human resource development and infrastructure.
    “The aim of developmental research is to use one per cent of the country’s GDP as it was agreed by African Heads of State in Abuja, Nigeria and later in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia,” he noted.
    He however said it was not that the one per cent was the actual need for research activities.
    “We need more funds on this. That is why the government said it will gradually be increasing the budget for research to reach 1 per cent of the GDP,” he noted.
    As regards the workshop Dr Mshinda said the participants would review its science, technology and innovations research system to ensure that once researches had been done, they reached the targeted groups immediately.
    “We want to reach a point where local researchers have to sell their research findings using their intellectual property rights or patents,” he said.
    The DG also insisted that the commission would ensure that research results “are put in a simple language understood by ordinary peoples a farmer in the village instead of the scientific jargons commonly used by scientists.
    “We want to see that women in the village get a simple technology which goes with the kind of the economic activities they do to raise their incomes. We are going to start using the bottom-up or the pyramid technology approach which is simple and cheap to apply, with the same quality to end users instead of the former technology which had quality, but not cheap,” he said.
    Today’s workshop which has been organised in collaboration with United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (Unesco) would bring together government officials involved in planning and budgeting.
    He said they want to sensitise them as well as representatives from the private sector on the process of programming and budgeting for STI in the country.
    “We want to enhance economic growth and social wellbeing of the vast majority of Tanzanians through building relevant human resource capacities and governance structure and procedures within the national STI system,” he concluded.

  2. Kituko

    Kituko JF-Expert Member

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    hao malecturer wenyewe wanawabania watu sio kawaida, utakuta proffesor ana miaka zaidi ya 20 lakini katengeneza labda madokta wawili tu, muda wote yupo bar na kukamata na kuwadisco undergraduate
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    kmp Member

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    Wote wanakimbilia kwenye siasa kwani huko ndio kunalipa zaidi. Kila mtu anataka kuwa na maisha mazuri.

    Hapa serikali isikwepe majukumu, dawa ni kuboresha mazingira ya kazi na maslahi kwa ujumla. Kwa nini wanasiasa peke yao ndio wafaidi keki ya taifa wakati watu wote wanachangia???