I congratulate all those who have participated in the course on Research Methodology organized by the Mauritius Research Council in collaboration with the University of Mauritius and University of Technology, Mauritius and the HRDC. Research is vital to our everyday decision making. Whenever we take decisions and make policies, we need all the information to enable us to take the right decisions. In a world of competition, research is increasingly useful and indispensable. It helps people to explore new models, to innovate, to test new ideas and to become more creative. It is through research that some young people have developed facebook, google and other inventions. We want to give a new direction and more impetus to research and innovation. We are reviewing the Mauritius Research Council legislation with a view to rationalise research in Mauritius and broaden the scope of the Council. I have requested the Council to increase the outreach activities in secondary schools to inform students of the importance of research and development and to get them involved in research projects at an early stage.I am pleased to note that so many candidates from different sectors have participated in this research methodology course and have the capacity to undertake research. I would like to congratulate all of them and thank the MRC for organizing this course.
- Rajesh Jeetah
- Dr Jeetah was elected Member of the National Assembly in December 2003 for the first time for Constituency No.7 (Piton/Rivière du Rempart), and remained so until April 2005. Dr Jeetah was re-elected as: • Member of the National Assembly for Constituency No.11 (Vieux Grand Port-Rose Belle), in 2005 and became Minister of Industry, Small and Medium Enterprises, Commerce & Cooperatives (2005 to 2008).He became Minister of Health & Quality of Life (2008 to 2010). • Member of the National Assembly for Constituency No.10 (Montagne Blanche- GRSE)in 2010 and became Minister of Tertiary Education, Science, Research and Technology till 2014. Education and Qualifications: a. University of Cambridge (2002 -2003) - ACU Research Fellowship b. University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology (UMIST) (1984-1993) • BSc (Hons) – Textile Technology • PhD – Textile Technology