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Over 450 graduate from CAES : Mak Chancellor Prof. Mondo Kagonyera warns of impending Food crisis calling for more investments in Agriculture and other sectors

Makerere University Chancellor Prof. Mondo Kagonyera has warned that the mismatch between the growing population and food production posses a big challenge calling for interventions to improve agricultural production and productivity in the country.

Prof. Kagonyera was   presiding over the third day of Makerere University   63rd   Graduation  ceremony that took place at the Freedom Square on Thursday  January 24th 2013.

 

2870 Students from three colleges of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CAES), Engineering, Design, Art and Technology (CEDAT), College of Education and External Studies (CEES) and the School of Law graduated with degrees and Diplomas in various disciplines.

Of these 450 students graduated from CAES. Of these 5 were PhDs, 75 Masters and 370 undergraduates. 557 graduated from CEDAT and of these 7 were PhDs, 42Masters, 470 Undergraduates and 35 Diplomas. CEES presented a total of 1585 students; 12 PhDs, 136 Masters,1085 Undergraduates and 352 Diplomas. The school of Law had   278 students  with 21 Masters and 257 Undergraduates.

Prof. Mondo Kagonyera congratulated staff and students for this achievement saying the combination of disciplines was the most contribution Makerere  can make to the development of Uganda.

He however said despite the fact that agriculture was the back bone of Uganda’s economy it has been taken for granted. He warned of an impending food shortage unless interventions are put in place to modernise agriculture.

 “The population is growing exponentially unmatched with food production. Hence we shall get more people dying of starvation and the only way of saving this situation is to promote modern methods of production trough training people in modern agriculture”. Prof. Kagonyera advised.

Turning to the importance of education, the chancellor underscored the role of educationists in the development of nations but hastened to add that  many people  mistakenly  undervalue those members of society who decide to educate the citizens.

“No country can grow without a sound education foundation. I believe there is none of you who has not been under the care of an educationist or teacher. I appeal to government to attach the importance education deserves. I would also like to know the plan government has for these graduates” Prof. Kagonyera said.

Pointing out the role of  Law, Prof. Kagonyera  explained that yes people can produce food, have the technologies and a highly educated society but if there is no rule of the law, very little can be achieved.

He recognised the presence of Director Public Prosecutions Richard Buteera and asked him to make good use of the law, “ I am happy that Richard Butera is here, we want you  to make these people good, make sure you deliver good justice and ensure that law and justice is not bought or sold”. The chancellor appealed.

The chancellor expressed appreciation towards the students and staff efforts in contribution to the advancement of technology in the country. He said no country can advance without the promotion of technology and appealed to government for more support.

He welcomed and recognised the role played by the Arch Bishop of Uganda His Grace Ntagali and other religious leaders for educating people in the development of the country. He however observed that in spite of the skills there has been degeneration of morals manifested in lawlessness, corruption, murder and called for the involvement of  churches in the rehabilitation of  people’s minds

“I would like the church to join Makerere in promoting ethical values even if it involves indicating  the threat  of going to hell”.

To the politicians, the Chancellor  appealed to them to mind about the interests of the country rather than personal interests on reason that the struggle for power  had taken over everything,

“ Makerere  interest is peace, development  support to exploit capabilities your political ambitions not withstanding” Prof Kagonyera  said. Prof. Kagonyear further called upon the private sector that have made large monies using Makerere  graduates to support the university.

He congratulated graduands upon the completion of their degrees, advised them to adhere  to the values of Makerere wherever they go and  avoid being self centred but serve the  interests of people adding that  the class of degree was a shaky platform on which they will be judged whether they will build  a permanent  platform which can lead them to prison.

Prof. Kagonyera also thanked parents and guardians for the sacrifices they made to ensure that students accomplish their studies. He called upon government to expedite the student loan scheme so that young people who cannot afford fees can undertake their studies.

He thanked Prof. John Ddumba Ssentamu and Pro. Lilian E . Tibatemwa upon appointment as Vice Chanceller and Deputy Vice Chancellor Academic Affairs  pledging to support them in this noble course.

He also thanked Prof. Joyce Kikafunda upon his appointment as Ugandan High Commissioner to UK   and expressed optimism that she will as well excel as a diplomat.

He extended gratitude to President  Yoweri Museveni for his continuing support and visits to Makerere to units like the School of Food science and the college of Engineering.

A total  of  12,422 students graduated  in this 63rd graduation that lasted for four days from 22nd to 25th January 2013. Summary in the table below

Date

College

PhD

Masters

Undergraduate

Diploma

Total

22-01-13

CHS

3

118

261

 

395

 

CoVAB

3

16

140

4

163

 

CoNAS

7

42

301

 

350

 

CHUSS

7

337

2367

57

2768

23-01-13

CoBAMS

11

365

2051

3

2430

 

CoCIS

4

50

971

32

1057

24-01-13

CAES

5

75

370

 

450

 

CEDAT

7

42

473

35

557

 

CEES

12

136

1085

352

1585

 

SOL

 

21

257

 

278

25-01-13

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Joel Tuliwangula of CEDAT emerged as best science student and overall best with a CGPA of  4.89. Bsc Mechanical engineering. He  was in abs ensure presented with a cheque worth one million shillings, a plague and an assortment of sovegneirs while Benard  Engotoit of Bsc. Office Management and Information management emerged best student in Humanities with a CGPA of 4.80.

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