EKSU to begin HND Conversion course

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The management Ekiti state University of Ado Ekiti would soon begin a two-year programme leading to the conversion of Higher National Diploma certificate to degree status.

This, the management said would boost its academic standard and shore up the revenue profile of the Ekiti State University.

The new Vice Chancellor of the University of Ado Ekiti, Prof Oye Bamdele who made the disclosure in Ado ekiti yesterday also promised to build on the legacy left behind by his predecessor, Prof. Oladipo Aina in infrastructural development through  public –private partnership initiative and by fully tapping into the Tertiary Education Trust Fund, a federal government special intervention.

The scholar said the university would convoke a summit on Internally Generated Revenue, with intention to make every Faculty a viable revenue generating sources to make up for the dwindling funds accruing to the institution.

Speaking about poor attitude of students to the payment of school fees, Bandele , who resumes office December 1, following the expiration of his predecessor’s tenure, Prof Oladipo Aina, said the non-chalant attitude to payment could frustrate his efforts in the provision of infrastructures and welfare packages .

He added that the university is compiling data of students owing the university and that appropriate steps would be taken from December 20 against those that are indebted to the university.

The former Vice Chancellor of the scrapped University of Science and Technology, Ifaki Ekiti and The Ekiti State University of Education, said the university is setting machinery in motion for the exploration of business ventures like bakery, block industry , sachet water business, farming etc , to shore up the Internally Generated Revenue of the institution in view of the dwindling allocation to the State.

The Professor of Educational Evaluation, added that the management has started the construction of hostels on campus to provide accommodation, so that all the students could be resident on campus, saying 10,000 students are being targeted under this policy.

Prof Bandele stated that the university would also build principal officers’ quarters on campus, where himself , his deputies , Registrar and other management staff would reside for proper monitoring of the students, while affordable housing units will be provided for other staff.

“When I was in USTI, I signed Memorandum of Understanding with Kywuyang University in South Korea for the training of about 30 students from 300 level particularly in degrees that requires the use of modern laboratories.

“Where also collaborating with the university for the construction of a Central Laboratory where people can carry out research . This is of no cost to the university. The dream could have been realized when I was in USTI , but was aborted because the last administration merged the institution with EKSU.

“But now that I have come on board, I am going revalidate all these MoUs to build EKSU to a globally competitive university. My mission and vision for EKSU is to make it one of the best not only in Nigeria but in the world. I want to increase our ranking on Webometric and NUC ratings”, he said.

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