Mbarara University electronic system innovation media report.

Mbarara University electronic system innovation media report.

Mbarara University electronic system innovation media report.

Adones Rukundo is the head of the IT Incubation department at Mbarara University of Science and Technology (MUST) and he reports to the academic registrar, Stephen Bazirakye.

But he might as well be known as the god of Mbarara. He is the brains behind the Student Academic Records Management System (SARMS), the system that literarily runs MUST. When I visited Bazirakye’s office to ask about what was new at the university, he simply said: “SARMS and having said that I have nothing else to say – ask Adones to explain.”

Rukundo has always loved Computer Science because, as he says, it allowed him to create new things.
“Getting this opportunity was a gift from God,” he says.

In his first year at MUST, he scored 100% on C programming, attracting the attention of his lecturer, John Busingye. With time, he would create Campus Boom, a piece of software that worked in the same way as today’s social networks – a cross between Facebook and Twitter.

“Anyone could SMS, email and chat with friends if they were online. But we were not able to test it satisfactorily since the computer network here was still small and could not handle the traffic,” he says.

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