By Fareeza Haniff
[www.inewsguyana.com] – The University of Guyana signed off on eight grants with researchers at the learning institution to facilitate the stimulation of research in Low Carbon Development areas.
The University’s Science and Technology Support Project is based on a US$10M credit from the World Bank to the Guyana Government, with its main aim to strengthen the four science and technology faculties at the institution in order to better prepare graduates for jobs in low carbon industries.
The eight grants were awarded to teams of academic staff of the University and follows stipulated guidelines and procedures.
Over the next 18 months, the researchers will be investigating a number of areas including the carbon storage potential of the mangrove forests in Guyana, the culture and propagation of edible mushrooms, the impacts of artisanal and small – scale mining and their associated road infrastructure on biodiversity in the Madhia mining district among other areas.
It is expected that the result of these investigations will lead to the formulation of public policy recommendations and development of LCDS – relevant services.
Vice Chancellor of the University, Dr Jacob Upadeyi urged the awardees to have substantial research at the end of the project so that their names can be placed on record.
“So if there is any stumbling block in your way, please let us know so that we can facilitate you in being successful in your research,” Professor Upadeyi said.
The Vice Chancellor also encouraged the awardees to certify themselves in the area of intellectual property rights.
“We have to start respecting the output of our research,” the Vice Chancellor charged.
In this regard, he noted that the government of China has indicated its willingness to support the University with an innovative package for research and development and to source investors for such.