NSI to help Kenyan sugar industry

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National Sugar Institute, Kanpur to help Kenya in training manpower to serve Kenyan sugar industry. Request in this regard was received from Great Lakes University, Kenya seeking help of National Sugar Institute and thus the matter was discussed through video conferencing between the two organizations wherein officials of Sugar Research Institute, Kenya and Kibos Sugar Company, Kisumu, Kenya also participated.

Prof. Hazel Miseda Mumbo, Vice Chancellor, Great Lakes University informed that there is acute shortage of technical manpower having specialization in Sugar Technology and Sugar Engineering in Kenya and many sugar companies have approached them for conducting courses on these subjects. Neither Sugar Research Institute, Kenya nor Great Lakes University or any other organization since have desired infrastructure including faculty, National Sugar Institute, Kanpur may help them in the matter, she said.

The sugar factories in Kenya work almost round the year and for their operation, maintenance or for any modernization & expansion, they have to rely upon technician from other countries to a greater extent, she said.

Prof. Narendra Mohan, Director, National Sugar Institute, Kanpur suggested that such help can be extended for which the two organizations may draw a common minimum programme. Since, development of infrastructure and training of faculty shall require some time to conduct regular courses, till such time, short duration training programmes may be conducted as per need of the sugar factories.

Prof. Hazel Miseda Mumbo, Vice Chancellor, Great Lakes University, representatives of Sugar Research Institute and Kibos Sugar Co. agreed to proposal and desired that one such programme may be conducted at the earliest on hybrid mode, where theoretical teaching may be imparted online and thereafter institute faculty may visit Kenya to provide practical training in sugar factories.

We have immediately forwarded them a draft MoU and will take up the matter forward at the earliest. This shall be another step forward in making National Sugar Institute a global institute, said Prof. Narendra Mohan.

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