Nyandarua Institute of Science and Technology has opened a Town Campus in Nyahururu Town, Mbaria Complex 2nd floor. The town campus will offer part time and short courses including Computer Applications, Computer repair and maintenance among others.

More details on fees and timetable to follow shortly…

Advert for New Classes in May 2019 intake

Nyandarua Institute wishes to invite qualified applicants to apply for the following courses which will commence in May 2019:

AAE 19M Artisan in Automotive Engineering KCSE mean grade of D- (minus)
CAE 19M Certificate in Automotive Engineering KCSE mean grade of D (Plain) 
CCIT 19M Craft Certificate in Information Technology KCSE mean grade of D (Plain) 
CIS 19M Certificate in Library And Information KCSE mean grade of D (Plain)
DAE 19M Diploma in Automotive Engineering KCSE mean grade of C- (Minus)
DBM 19M Diploma in Business Management KCSE mean grade of C- (Minus)
DHRM 19M Diploma in Human Resource Management KCSE mean grade of C- (Minus)
DICT 19M Diploma in Information Communication Technology KCSE mean grade of C- (Minus)
DIS 19M Diploma in Information Science KCSE mean grade of C- (Minus
DME 19M Diploma in Mechanical Engineering (Production) KCSE mean grade of C- (Minus)
DSC 19M Diploma In Supply Chain Management KCSE mean grade of C- (Minus)
DSS 19M Diploma in Secretarial Studies KCSE mean grade of C- (Minus)

Applicants can apply online and also seek placement through the Kenya Universities and Colleges Central Placement Service


September 2018 Intake


Nyandarua Institute of Science and Technology wishes to inform all potential applicants who did their KCSE in previous years and managed to score D- , D, D+, C-, and above that the Government has made Technical Training FREE!! The Government is NOW paying Ksh 30k per student and HELB is financing 40k per student (26k as fees and 14k as pocket money). Visit our institute for September 2018 admission this August. We shall assist you to register with KUCCPS and HELB and you can start the journey to your dream career immediately. Hurry before the opportunity lapses! Fill the online application form by clicking this link: http://nyandaruainstitute.ac.ke/online-application/. For more information you can contact us by dialing +254-727-256-001

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How to apply for TVET HELB Loan

About HELB

The Higher Education Loans Board (HELB) was established by an act of Parliament CAP 213A of 1995. When it was establish it took over all the function and the responsibilities of management of higher education financing which was by then being managed by the University Student Loans Scheme (USLS) a department in the Ministry of Education

Who qualifies for TVET HELB Loan and Bursaries?

  • HELB provides Technical, Vocational & Education Training (TVET)loans and bursaries to eligible applicants in the public TVET Institutes recognized by the Ministry of Education (MoE), a member of the Kenya Association of Technical Training Institutions (KATTI) and placed by Kenya Universities and Colleges Central Placement Service (KUCCPS)
  • HELB awards bursaries to extremely needy students pursuing Diploma courses, in Institutes recognized by the TVET authority (TVETA) and registered with Kenya Association of Technical Training Institutions (KATTI)
  • Direct Entry Self-Sponsored Students in the public Technical, Vocational & Education Training (TVET) Institutes recognized by the Ministry of Education (MoE), and a member of The Kenya Association of Technical Training Institutions (KATTI)

Nyandarua Institute of Science and Technology is fully recognized by Ministry of Education and a member of Kenya Association of Technical Training Institutions (KATTI)

How do you apply?


Visit www.helb.co.ke to register.

  • For this process this are some the essential requirements you need to fulfil first
  • National Identity Card (required)
  • Working email address- for registration and future logins and communications with the board. Note that you can open a free email account with major providers like Gmail, Yahoo Mail.
  • After registration ensure you activate your account by clicking on the activation link that will be sent to your email.

Log in and Loan Application Form process

Log in, select and fill in the required Loan Application Form (either First Time or subsequent) for the respective program (TVET) from the HELB website.

Some of the details that you will be required to provide in the loan application form are this details.

Personal Details

  • Your Name
  • Id No
  • Mobile Number
  • Postal Address
  • Email

Current Place of Residence

  • Nearest Primary School,
  • Estate/Village,
  • Sub-Location,
  • Location, County
  • Sub-County
  • Constituency
  • Town

Institution Details

  • Institution Type(Institutes of Technology)
  • Institution Name(Nyandarua Technical Training Institute)
  • Course Type (Engineering or business or etc.)
  • Study Level(Diploma or Certificate)
  • Course Name
  • Year of Admission(In admission Letter)
  • Course Duration(2 Years or 3 Years )
  • Completion Year
  • Loan Study Year(New Admissions 1st Year, Subsequent 2nd , 3rd )
  • Annual Fees Payment(Found on Current Fees Structure)
  • Registration Number(Admission Number- Found in your Admission Letter)
  • Amount Family can raise for fees
  • Amount applied for(Maximum is 60,000)
  • Need for Bursary(Yes or No)
  • Student Status(KUCCPS or Private)

Applicants Background

  • State if there are any Siblings in TVET/University applying for HELB loan that year, details required are
    • National ID NO.
    • Institution name
    • Fees Payment per year

Applicants Education Background

  • Level(Primary , Secondary)
  • Institution Name
  • Exam Year
  • Index Number
  • Institution Type(Public or Private)
  • Country(Kenya)
  • Grade(Marks, Mean Grade)

Details of Parents (Mother and Father)

This are details you are expected to provide, truth fully

  • Full Name
  • Year of Birth
  • Highest Level of Education
  • Mobile/Telephone Number(Optional)
  • KRA PIN(Optional )
  • Status of Employment(Yes or No)
  • Occupation (Peasant Farmer, Housewife etc.)
  • Employer Name(If employed otherwise N/A)
  • Employer Number(If employed otherwise N/A)
  • Death Certificate(If one or both parents are dead)
  • Fathers income(If alive)
    • Gross Monthly Income
    • Business(Annual) if applicable
    • Farming (Annual) if applicable
    • Pension(Monthly) ) if applicable
    • Income from ‘Other’, whatever this means
    • Support from GoK relief service
  • Mothers income(if alive)
    • Gross Monthly Income
    • Business(Annual) if applicable
    • Farming (Annual) if applicable
    • Pension(Monthly) ) if applicable
    • Income from ‘Other’, whatever this means
    • Support from GoK relief service

Marital Status of Parents (Married, Single, Widowed, Deceased)

  • State if you are an orphan
  • Death Certificate No. or Burial No. if parents are deceased
  • Name of Sponsor, Telephone Number (If any or Both parents are deceased)

Estimated Family Monthly Expenses in Kshs

  • Food
  • Clothing
  • Rent
  • Travel/Fuel
  • Medical
  • Mortgage/Loan repayment
  • Other Expenses

Guarantor Details

You are required to provide the following details for two guarantors

  • Full Name
  • Id No
  • Tel No
  • Postal Address
  • Post Code
  • Town
  • Email(Optional)
  • Constituency
  • Ward
  • Location
  • Sub-Location
  • Year of Birth
  • Employer
  • Employer Tel No.
  • Employer Email
  • Employee Number
  • Employer Postal Address
  • Employer Postal Code

Loan Application Form Filling and Signing

Print two copies of the duly filled Loan Application Form.

Have the form appropriately filled, signed and stamped by the relevant authorities and guarantors (for first time applicants only) and by the Dean (for subsequent applicants)

The form has a checklist but this are the declarations that have to be filled and signed, and stamped manually

  • Parent/Guardian declaration
  • Priest/Kadhi
  • Chief/Assistant Chief
  • Commissioner of Oaths/Magistrate(Most charge a fee of between Kshs 300-500)
  • Institution Certification(Done by the Dean of Students at Nyandarua Institute of Science and Technology)

Signing the Form and attaching documents

Sign the form and attach all the necessary documents as indicated in the checklist appearing on the last page of the Loan Application Form.

This are;

  • Passport Size photo(Costs about Kshs 100 in a photo studio)
  • Copy of Applicants ID No
  • Copy of Admission Letter(Send to you or provided on admission, copy of which can be given in the Registrar’s office)
  • Copy of Parents’ Id(Father and Mother)
  • Copy of Guarantors’ ID Cards(TWO GURANTORS)
  • Copies of Death certificate if orphaned(Mother and Father)
  • Copy of KCSE Result slip
  • Signed, stamped all parts
    • Commissioner of Oaths/Magistrate
    • Guarantors(By Advocate/Magistrate)

MAKE SURE you sign the agreement form or else your loan shall not be processed

Presenting the Duly Completed TVET HELB Loan Application Form

Present one copy of the duly completed Loan Application Form (ORIGINAL) and all the attached supporting documents at any of the following: Retain one copy of the duly Filled loan application form

  • Select Huduma Centres:
    • Nairobi GPO,
    • Kakamega,
    • Eldoret,
    • Nakuru,
    • Mombasa,
    • Kisumu,
    • Nyeri,
    • Embu,
    • Machakos,
    • Kisii,
    • Bungoma,
    • Turkana,
    • Meru,
    • Kitui,
    • Kericho,
    • Nandi (Kapsabet),
    • Thika,
    • Garissa,
    • Narok,
    • Migori,
    • Kitale and
    • Muranga

For free and secure delivery to HELB Head Office. HELB Student Centre on Mezzanine One (M1), Anniversary Towers, University Way, Nairobi

For our students at Nyandarua Institute of Science and Technology we have a help desk to help and support students in the loan application process, the help desk is run out of the Dean of Students Office. Some of the help or services provided for free are

  • Email address opening
  • KRA PIN Registration
  • Loan Application Process guiding
  • Loan Application Form Signing and Stamping
  • Advice on loan application process and details filling
  • Free Delivery of duly completed signed and stamped Loan Applications forms to HELB Head office

The writer is a HOD, Lecturer and a Systems Administrator at Nyandarua Institute of Science and Technology

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Top websites to acquire learning materials and eBooks

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I work in a TTI and i understand the so many frustrations lecturers and students alike have to endure to get a hold of learning materials and eBooks , especially in Engineering courses.The main reason being that they are expensive and mostly they are not available locally in our libraries for purchase

I had to grapple with this problem for  awhile, so i had to find a way to get myself this learning materials and eBooks. As I always say to many people the internet is your best friend. I want to share some of my many ways i use to acquire this resources online.


This is far the most resourceful online learning platform with all manner of courses, it is subscription based platform, but it sure does offer value for the money. This site could be so very useful and inexpensive if a school or institution can create account for everybody to use. What i like most about this site is the use of video tutorials in particular modules geared towards developing gainful skills especially to all of you who like to develop skills for freelancing and others. I particularly encourage those guys in ICT to check out this site.

Note that there are other ways(illegal) to get hold of there video tutorials on various courses.


This by far my favorite free eBooks repository to get all manner of eBooks in pdf, djvu, docx format. From this site you can actually get any eBooks so long as you know the Title or Author. It offers 10 Free eBooks downloads per day without even signing up, 25 eBooks downloads in 24 hrs when you sign up(Free),  which to me is no hindrance if i need 1000 eBooks per day?(Using multiple accounts or spoofing my ip address).

You Tube

Most people do not know that the best way and probably the most popular means to get multimedia video resources is You Tube. There is a lot you can learn from this website, there are so many educational channels where you can view/play or download videos . One thing i could also pass across is this, its not viable to always be online to view a video to learn, so what i do is to download the media i want to my laptop local drive to play in the future and possibly share to my students. So it calls that you should have a good you tube download manager.  I prefer to use Internet Download Manager (IDM) or You Tube Downloader Pro(YTD)- of course this software are paid, but i have found a way or means to use them for free, i hope you do too.

This is an online library and publishing platform. It is free to join and in fact you can sign up using your social network like Face book, this website allows you to read and download electronic books or eBooks, you can also upload or publish your materials on this website for free or for sale. You can find some of my uploaded materials on this site if you search  by author criteria by the way. I want to encourage all those tutors who have quality learning notes and materials and would wish to make money out of them to publish them in this site for free.

This is the place to get quality power point slides and so many other materials. this site also allows you to upload and share your slides. You can sign up using your social networks like Facebook for free.

Khan Academy

This is a free website, as the website say its free for ever. You can sign up for free using your social networks like Facebook. The website has a range of subjects including math, Science and Engineering, Computing, Arts and humanities, Economics and finance. As a student, as a parent, as a teacher you will find this website very interesting and valuable.

Book Boon

This is also a great website to download eBooks and Textbooks. It has a huge repository of eBooks and Textbooks in almost every subject and area you are interested in. Check it out and thank me later

Torrent Websites

A torrent network is a Peer to Peer(P2P) sharing platform, whereby users share files from there hard drives through this protocol(BitTorrent) , i want to say this; sharing  is not illegal, but this torrent networks has been used to share copyrighted materials illegally. So i want to state from the onset, that this article is only for information purposes, and i don’t condone the use and distribution of illegal materials.

But most people prefer to mask there online activity from snooping infrastructure of rogue agents, ISPs and governments. So if you must download torrents, in countries whereby by doing so is illegal, then i strongly suggest you get a good VPN (Virtual Private Network) software.

How you choose to use this information of course will be bounded by the laws that exist about the use of torrent networks in your country. Now since my disclosure is now open.

I want to say that, torrent network is by far the most resourceful place you can get all manner of learning materials, Educational Textbooks, eBooks, Novels, Video Tutorials, Software and all manner and tons of stuff.

For you to be able to access this websites and actually download stuff from this sites, this is what you need;

  1. Fast Internet Connectivity
  2. Computer
  3. Torrent Client; this a torrent downloader that grab magnet links from the P2P network, common clients include; utorrent, BitTorrent, Vuze, transmission(for linux users) and others.
  4. Unlimited Storage Space
  5. Good Antivirus Software

Now since we now have those, let me share my common and popular sites i use(to share my legal files)

That is enough for now.

Now let me point out a few things, all this websites almost function the same. You browse the site, they have a search function, so type in anything you want and hit go. You will get a list of files, but don’t be clicking every file you see, this websites are mostly laden with malware and phishing scripts. So be aware and take necessary precautions.

Now to the matter at hand, i normally like clicking on the browse button and find my area of interest, in this case Ebooks /Textbooks/Novels/Video Tutorials, another way is to browse in ‘other’ Category. (If i get encouragement i may prepare a short video media on how to go about this-using Camtasia Studio(Great Software to create video tutorials)).

Once you find a file you want click on download button or the magnet link and your downloader(Utorrent e.t.c) will automatically take over, and depending on the size of your file or ‘seeds'(the more the faster the download) or leechers(the less and more the seeds the better) you will get your file in your downloads folder in no time.
I hope this article was helpful.

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