The Business department of Kisumu National Polytechnic beat other sections in the just concluded interdepartmental athletics competitions held at the institution’s Grounds on March 4, 2017.

The one-day event also acted as trials to identify athletes who will represent TKNP at the regional athletics championships. Officials from the Athletics Kenya officiated over the trials. “Our presence here ensures that we guide and help in the selection of a formidable team to compete at the regional competition,” an AK official who requested anonymity added.

The track events included the 100m, 200m, 400m sprints, the 4×100 and 4×400 relay races for both men and women. Middle distance races included 800m, 1500m and 3000m. Men also had the 10,000m race. Other field events included Short Put, Discus, High Jump, and Long jump, Triple Jump, the Hammer and Javelin.

Chants from cheering spectators rent the air as countless referee whistles screeched from every corner of the sports pitches. The Business department scooped 167 points followed closely by Building and Civil Engineering department that had 164 points. In third and fourth positions were the Food and Beverage department with 96 points and Mechanical Engineering with 86 points. Applied Sciences followed at position 5 with 69 point and Automotive Engineering was in position 6 with 67 points. Electrical Engineering, Liberal Studies, Maths and Entrepreneurship departments had 57, 37, 28 and 10 points respectively.

In the women’s classification for departments, Food and Beverage took the cake with 81 points followed by Business department at 74 and Building and Civil Engineering at 64 points. Applied Science women came in fourth with 51 points while Mechanical department garnered 30 points. In the gents’ classification for departments Building and Civil Engineering took the overall position with 100 points followed by Business Studies with 93 points and Automotive Engineering in position 3 with 67 points.

Some of the students who made it to the team included Consolata Doreen, Anne Okwama and Jackline and Peterson Muganda, Kiprono Victor and Douglas Masinde in the 100m women and men races. “We cannot conclusively say that we have a complete team, we still have to commence rigorous training before we can form a team. This competition has been very helpful in identifying the individuals to enlist for training … We shall embark on a rigorous training after today’s event and use the kitty provided to us by our dear Principal to provide nourishment and motivation to our athletes,”  said Mr Ongwacho, who heads the Sports Department.

Sports and especially athletics pays, and those with such talents should take advantage of the support system we have at the polytechnic in terms of coaches and a good field track to nurture their talents. I want to assure you that I will always support you, said KNP Principal Mrs Joyce Nyanjom.

Elated members of staff took to the track to display their prowess and did not fall short of the spectators’ expectations in the 100m race that drew the curtain for the day.


The Kisumu National Polytechnic held its fourth annual science convention on March 3 to 4 with Prof Erick Okoth Ogur, the Director for Engineering, Innovation and Production at the Technical University of Kenya officiating over the occasion.

In his Keynote address Prof Ogur lauded conference participants for their expertise, “This is a great display of skill that you can upscale to make a significant impact. I congratulate you for continued commitment and enthusiasm in ensuring the production of technical manpower, which is the engine of national development”, he said.

The theme for the conference was ‘The TVET perspective’, which required participants to place emphasis on technological improvements or inventions that bring out the importance of technical learning. On display were devices and innovations covering daily life that ranged from mobile learning innovations, academic attendance tracking and management system to a hyacinth-harvesting machine.

“Our lecturers and students have been dedicated in their quest to complete these innovations, some of which are ready to be deployed to the market … We appreciate that Science and Technology is a major platform for the development of the three pillars of vision 2030”, said  TNKP Principal Mrs Joyce Nyanjom. Ms Nyanjom observed that the hyacinth harvester that the Automotive Engineering department developed could harvest the stubborn weed from Lake Victoria and avail it to the hospitality department that uses it as a raw material in making sofa sets, beds, utility baskets and bags among many other products.

The exhibition ran concurrently with presentations at the Electrical Engineering department building with Research Coordinator Mr Ochieng Odek organizing the proceedings. During the presentations, experts interrogated the inventions and provided insights and suggestions for improvement to make them more practical and relevant to industry. The panel included Prof Ogur, Engineer Peter Olaka TKNP Governing Council Chairman, a representative from the Curriculum Development, Assessment and Certification (CDACC) and The County Technical and Vocational Training (CTVET) Director among others.

The Electrical Engineering department’s Android based Intelligent Accident Detection with Ambulance Rescue Call-Up System seeks to curb road fatalities. The system software uses a Smartphone’s internal hardware such as the accelerometer, vibration sensors and GPS to detect an accident. “In case an accident is detected, the system logs GPS coordinates of the scene and sends an SMS to pre-configured contacts such as emergency services and the traffic police” explained Mr Evans Onyango, a lecturer at the department.

Another innovative project was the Micro-controller embedded power theft Identification system developed to identify power pilfering. “This will also help reduce deaths due to electrocution as a result of unsophisticated illegal connections and meter tampering or bypassing  …”, added Mr Godfrey Oyugi, a lecturer at the Electrical and Electronics department.

The entrepreneurship department also displayed a business incubation model to help innovators understand how to turn their creations into viable business enterprises. “This model helps one know how to establish a thriving business through a step by step process from idea conception, business and financial training as well as business financing to profit making strategies,” explained Entrepreneurship department head Mr Oballah.

Professor Charles Ondieki encouraged the innovators to register the innovations as they wait patenting to safeguard them from copyright theft. ”I understand that it takes a long time to patent your innovations but we must appreciate that it is also very risky not to register them. Today anyone can improve on your innovations and get copyright over them thus denying you, the true innovators, your royalties”.

The conference precedes a regional conference for TVET institutions at Kaimosi Technical Institute later in the month.

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