ARUSHA: THE Parliamentary Standing Committee on Education, Culture and Sports has commended the Arusha Technical College (ATC) for the progress registered at its campus in Hai District.
The committee, which visited the ATC’s Kikuletwa Renewable Energy Training and Research Centre on Saturday, lauded the college for a notable progress, particularly the construction of students’ hostel blocks and accommodation facilities.
“Congratulations are in order to the management of Arusha Technical College in its quest of making it a centre of excellence in renewable energy issues,” said Ms Husna Juma Sekiboko, who chairs the Committee.
Such a progress is poised to make ATC a renewable energy hub on the continent, according to the lawmaker. The construction of student hostel blocks, adult accommodation and associated external works project is undertaken to the tune of 8.7bn/.
The blocks will be connected with a walkway link, with the site building of total built up area of approximately 6,172square meters with services installations which also include Closed circuit television (CCTV) cameras.
Once completed, the project is expected to have a capacity of sheltering around 600 students at a go. One of the committee’s members, Esther Edwin Maleko urged China Railway Jianchang Engineering (CRJE), the main project’s contractor to speed up the construction so that it becomes up and running by January next year.
Through ATC, KRETC through ATC was selected as a Regional Flagship technical and vocational education and training institution with aim of increasing access and improve the quality of training through East Africa Skills for Transformation and Regional Integration Project (EASTRIP) funded by the World Bank and the Tanzanian government. It envisions to become a Centre of Excellence for Renewable Energy focusing on Hydropower, Solar, Wind and Bio-energy.