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News   Hazviperi Mbizi   August 13, 2019
PIC: Library staff talking to a client at the stand
In an effort to make information accessible to the general public, the Polytechnic has its own pavilion at the on going 31st Malawi International Trade Fair taking place at the Chichiri Trade Fair grounds in Blantyre.

According to one of the lecturers present, Victor Chikoti, the aim of participating annually is to disseminate information to the public on the degree, diploma, professional programs and short courses, which are offered at the University.

“We are here to display application forms and brochures for various programs offered at the main Polytechnic, Continuing Education Centre (CEC) and the Management Development Centre (MDC),” Chikoti said.

In addition, Chikoti explained that this is also a platform where the public are informed about other services like consultancies, printing of brochures, business cards by the printing department, and other services being offered apart from programs.

“Here, we also showcase new technologies and innovations being developed at the Polytechnic,” he explained.

Speaking of new technologies, a Laboratory Assistant in the Physics and Biochemical Science Kingsley Kabango is showcasing a carbonizing Kiln, which is used to reduce volatile matter on briquettes.

“Briquettes are local materials formed from wastes like rice husks, waste papers, groundnut shells and many more which can be used as fuel to replace charcoal. These if implemented will reduce deforestation which is caused by charcoal burning,” Kabango explained.

However, a journalism lecturer Peter Mitunda, expressed his disappointment over the organization  of this year’s Trade Fair citing that the dates of the event works to the disadvantage of the Polytechnic stand.

“Our main targets are the students whom we teach and inform them about the program and courses. In this case students are on holiday which makes it difficult for us meet the prospective students,” Mitunda said.

The Polytechnic stand has representatives from all facilities,  the Polytechnic library, CEC and MDC.

It runs from 5th to 15th August 2019.


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