The National Union of Syrian Students and the Syrian Association of Young Entrepreneurs (SIA) today honored 5 pioneering projects of agricultural pioneers and 13 projects that carry innovative and applicable ideas on the runway of Damascus University.
The titles of the winning projects included (Estimating the effectiveness of some modern methods and methods in controlling root-knot nematodes), (Agricultural spraying robot), (Investment of mushroom residues in the manufacture of environmental building bricks) and (Cultivation of several successive crops in one agricultural land).
Minister of Internal Trade and Consumer Protection, Dr. Amr Salem, announced during the honoring that the ministry will grant patents to the winning projects, leading to the granting of a commercial registry without any prerequisite, with the aim of enabling entrepreneurs and owners of micro-enterprises to find an entity to help them in their negotiations with financing institutions.
President of the National Union of Syrian Students Dareen Suleiman indicated that the Agricultural Pioneers project is one of the most important projects that the union is working on in cooperation with the association to reach and benefit from student pioneering ideas and link them with the executive concerned authority and microfinance institutions, noting that the union and (SIA) will launch the Energies Pioneers project later. renewable.
Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Syrian Association of Young Entrepreneurs, Louay Al-Munajjid, indicated that the jury chose 5 pioneering projects and ideas that were characterized by simplicity and creativity out of 500 projects and ideas submitted by public and private universities from different governorates according to specific criteria.
Dr. Dana Jawdat, a member of the jury, explained that the committee, in its nomination and selection of projects, adopted six criteria, namely innovation, leadership, knowledge and seriousness in offering (realism and applicability in Syria... creating job opportunities and improving income... merging with community initiatives and substituting imports).
In a statement to SANA, Hussein Muhammad Musa, an agricultural engineering student at Damascus University, indicated that his project is related to cultivating successive crops on one plot of land at the lowest possible costs.
The two students, Reem Nidal Noaman and Rola Kamel Rumman, who participated in the project to invest mushroom residues in the manufacture of environmental building bricks, indicated that the project aims to raise the heat insulation and reduce the load significantly in the buildings that are used in their construction.
Student Youssef Mahmoud Hamdan from the College of Technical Engineering pointed out that his project bears the title of an agricultural spraying robot, which is a remote-controlled mobile vehicle for spraying pesticides and fertilizers.
The student, Shimon Youssef Salmon, worked in his project to extract alternative pesticides that are less expensive and safer than the currently used ones, by extracting the active substances from oleander and styrox. According to Salmon, the cost of one liter of plant extract is 50 thousand Syrian pounds, while the cost of the same amount of pesticides Common more than 250 thousand pounds.
Ibrahim Hikmat Abdullah, a dentist, indicated that his project (insect traps using yeasts and acids) is based on the use of agricultural insecticides at a lower cost and effort.
The honoring ceremony included a short film about (Sia) and a musical and lyrical presentation of the Damascus Jazz Ensemble, with the participation of singer Abeer Al-Batal.
The ceremony was attended by Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research, Dr. Bassam Ibrahim, Minister of Information, Dr. Boutros Al-Hallaq, President of Damascus University Muhammad Yasar Abdeen, Deputy Minister of Agriculture Louay Aslan, Secretary of the Damascus University Branch of the Arab Socialist Baath Party Khaled Al-Halbouni, a number of directors of microfinance institutions and heads of public and private universities.
The ceremony was followed by a meeting between the participating students and a number of microfinance institutions, which witnessed an exchange of ideas and proposals with the aim of transforming the presented ideas into practical projects on the ground.