Ugandan scientists have been urged to apply for training fellowships from the Non-Aligned Movement Science and Technology (NAM S&T) Centre to lead the country’s dream of achieving the middle-income status as stipulated in Vision 2040.
Dr Richard Tushemereirwe, a senior presidential advisor on science and technology, made the call on Monday, September 7 while opening the second meeting of 13th governing council of the NAM S&T at Speke Resort Munyonyo.
“This centre has excelled in knowledge and information sharing; so, I encourage our scientists to always apply for these scholarships,” Tushemereirwe said, noting that science and technology will play a critical role in helping Uganda transform from a peasant to a middle-income country.
The New Delhi-based NAM S&T Centre offers training fellowships in food science and technology, mineral processing, and tropical and molecular medicines, among others.
Programmes are hosted at reputed universities in different member countries such as India, South Africa and Pakistan. To implement some of its programmes, the Centre works with the South-to-South Cooperation through which many Ugandans have got training in China and India.
Drawing on his own experience, Tushemereirwe, one of the alumni, said the centre also has good publications that are regularly updated in different science and technology fields.
In a bid to remain relevant in the post-cold-war era, countries in the NAM grouping, which neither subscribed to the former USSR nor the West doctrine before the fall of the Berlin Wall in the early 1989, have resolved to use NAM S&T Centre to forge strong information and knowledge exchanges.
The African Centre for Lightning and Electro-magnetics (ACLE), hosted at Makerere University Business School (Mubs), is one of the major NAM S&T projects in Uganda.
Participants at the two-day meeting included scientists, high-ranking professionals, scientists, engineers and practitioners from India, South Africa, Egypt, Venezuela, Iraq, Malawi, Malaysia, Indonesia, Nepal, Pakistan, Kenya, Sudan, Zambia, Zimbabwe and hosts Uganda.
Dr Theresa Ssengooba, chairperson of the Uganda National Council for Science and Technology, said the council would push local scientists to tap more into the NAM S&T resources.