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Engineering Students at KNUST Create an Automatic Hand Washing Station

Engineering Students at KNUST Create an Automatic Hand Washing Station

Students at KNUST’s Innovation Centre in the College of Engineering (CoE) have created a solar-powered automatic handwashing station. The project, which began in 2020 with funding from the Strengthening Engineering Ecosystem in Sub-Saharan Africa (SEESA), has been overseen by the Provost’s Office.

Miss. Elizabeth Oduro-Koranteng (Bsc. Electrical/Electronic Engineering), Mr. Max Otuteye (Bsc. Computer Engineering), and Mr. Obeng Okofo Dartey (MPhil. Computer Engineering) make up the project team, which works under the supervision of Dr. Griffith Selorm Klogo, a member of the Innovation Centre’s Steering Committee, and with technical assistance from the Centre’s management.

Commissioning the hand-washing automated machine, Provost of the CoE, Professor Mark Adom-Asamoah said the whole concept of the Innovation Centre is to be able to come up with inventions like this that will make life easier. He revealed that in this light, the College has an Innovation Centre with about 800 student members and members are free to come up with their innovative ideas.

Professor Adom-Asamoah said that the Innovation Centre has come up with a lot of projects like making drones among others. However, with the advent of COVID-19 and its related challenges globally, a lot of activities have slowed down with academic work halting for almost 8-months. According to Professor Adom-Asamoah, the observance of the safety protocols as declared by the World Health Organisation (WHO) for safety has become paramount, hence, the students’ decision to come up with the Hand Washing Station under the guidance of Dr. Selorm Klogo, a member of faculty. He encouraged the team to come up with more projects to solve societal problems.

Briefing the gathering on the project, a Member of the Project Team, Miss. Elizabeth Oduro-Koranteng, said the touchless, solar-powered handwashing station was designed and built, to facilitate handwashing, as part of enforcing the COVID-19 protocols in KNUST. Miss Oduro-Koranteng further explained that using sensor technology, human contact that occurs when washing the hands is limited. The design of the hand washing station is to eliminate the problems associated with the traditional hand washing methods. With traditional hand washing strategies, there is more secondary contact between individuals as a result of opening and closing taps. The station is designed as two washing stations in one setup to allow for more individuals to wash their hands at a time. An installed battery also saves up energy for use during night-time. It has a reservoir that stores water and dispenses it when there is a user at the hand washing station. A drain is connected to a pipe which allows used water to flow out. She also stated that while implementing the project, artisans such as metalworkers and plumbers were contacted to aid with the fabrication and testing of the hand washing station.

The team was happy about the collaboration between students, faculty, and people in the industry, it shows that indeed such partnerships can yield fruitful results. In addition, it contributes to KNUST’s efforts in leading the country’s innovation drive.

Professor Kwaku Adjei, a Member of Faculty and a Representative of the Funding Partners, noted that the project was funded by the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) in Canada through SEESA. Funded projects should be able to be transitioned into business ideas or ventures upon completion, he added. Professor Adjei said that the project is one out of the thirteen projects being funded under the IDRC. He said aside this innovation, there are other upcoming ones, and he encouraged the students with business-oriented projects to apply for funding.

Source: www.KNUSTconnect.Com

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Management Of KNUST Runs From The Cut-Throat Hostels Fee

Management Of KNUST Runs From The Cut-Throat Hostels Fee

Management Of KNUST Runs From The Cut-Throat Hostels Fee

The Management of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) has caved into pressure and protests from students from the authorities to drastically reduce the cut-throat hostel rentals in the country’s biggest technology university.

Angry students of the school had today mounted a protest on the campus over what they described as extreme hikes in private hostel fees.

Rents for hostels range between GHC 2,000 and GHS5,000 for one academic year.

This prompted protests earlier on Friday, July 16, 2021, from students, who threatened to resist any further exploitation of students by private hostels.

Some of them took to social media to complain over the issue using the hashtag, #FixKnustHostelPrices.

Consequently, the school’s management was forced to agree with the students. In a frantic statement issued shortly after the student demonstration, the school issued a statement agreeing with the students that the recent hikes in hostel fees were excessive.

“Our investigation shows that indeed some private hostels, off-campus, have increased their rentals between 20% and 94%,” said KNUST Management.

“…the Dean of Students has identified those specific hostels and have started engaging them on the possible reduction of same,” the statement read.

According to the management of KNUST, hostels under the Private Hostels Association (PHA) “have increased their rentals not exceeding 12% as agreed with the University,” adding that the hostels the students are protesting are not under the PHA and thus not recognized by the school.

The management claims to curb hostel profiteering by private sharks, KNUST is discussing with three private investors for the construction of hostels beginning next academic year.

“Management wishes to assure the general student body and the public that every effort is being made to provide decent and secure accommodation for students on campus.”

Source: www.KNUSTconnect.Com

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KNUST Students Stage A Massive Demo Over Gh¢10,000 Hostel Fees For Students

KNUST Students Stage A Massive Demo Over Gh¢10,000 Hostel Fees For Students

KNUST Students Stage A Massive Demo Over Gh¢10,000 Hostel Fees For Students

Hundreds of Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) students gather to protest against an increase in their hostel fees and other charges on campus.

The majority of the students who gathered to march the massive demonstration are with the fear that they might be forced to quit their university education as a result of the increasing hotel fees on the campus.

Currently, students pay approximately ¢2,000 to ¢5,000 as hostel fees per semester. If owners of these private hostels go ahead with another increase that figure could go up to ¢10,000.

Fredmak Hostel - KNUST

Fredmak Hostel – KNUST

KNUSTconnect further investigations brought to book that students might even pay more in the subsequent semesters.

Hundreds of KNUST students protesting against an increase in their hostel fees are begging the school authorities to do something about this menace.

“I can’t afford to pay more as my hostel and mess charges. If the order is not rolled back, the only option before me is to quit studies,” – one of the students told GhanaCNN.com

Friday protest

On Friday, as hundreds of KNUST students were preparing to march to the Rent Control Department at Amakom in Kumasi, they were initially stopped by armed police officers. Others vented their anger on social media platforms with a campaign dubbed; #FixHostelFeesNow.

The placard-wielding protesters who have formed the Concerned Students of KNUST, later marched to the office of the Dean of Students to present a petition to management.

Source: www.KNUSTconnect.Com

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SAD As KNUST Students Injured In Violent Clash Between Conti And Katanga

KNUST: Students Injured In Violent Clash Between Conti And Katanga

KNUST: Students Injured In Violent Clash Between Conti And Katanga

Scores of students of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), are injured after a misunderstanding allegedly broke out between some members of the University Hall [Katanga] and the Unity Hall, [Conti] in the early hours of Sunday.

Four KNUST Students Rushed To The Hospital Over ‘Conti Indece’ Clash

Four KNUST Students Rushed To The Hospital Over ‘Conti Indece’ Clash

The incident happened during an ongoing vetting process for the Students Representative Council, SRC elections held at the Great Hall of the University.

According to eyewitnesses, the students also vandalized some school property such as chairs and glasses.

The Public Relations Officer of the Students Representative Council at KNUST, Caleb Asamoah Temeng, who was at the Great Hall, narrated to Citi News how the incident happened.

KNUST: Students Injured In Violent Clash Between Conti And Katanga

KNUST: Students Injured In Violent Clash Between Conti And Katanga

“It all started with the usual processions by the two halls in support of their various candidates from the halls to the Great Hall before the vetting starts. When the Katangees arrived, there was some sort of confusion between them and the Continentals. One gentleman believed to be part of the management team of an aspirant from Conti was preventing the Katangees from entering the Hall. This caused the first chaos between the two sides. ”

The Katangees suspected the said gentleman was from Conti and allegedly beat him up for preventing them from entering into the Great Hall with their procession, according to information available to Citi News.

KNUST: Students Injured In Violent Clash Between Conti And Katanga

KNUST: Students Injured In Violent Clash Between Conti And Katanga

It also alleged that the yet-to-be-identified management team member of the aspirant had a bottle in his possession that broke and cut his fingers and some other parts of his body – injuring him during the altercation.

Source: www.KNUSTconnect.com

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