NUC Lifts Ban Placed on FUTO Part-Time Programmes

The NUC has lifted the moratorium placed on the University’s part-time programmes and approved the conduct of the following 17 programmes on part-time basis with effect from October 7, 2013.

 It would be recalled that in March 2012, the National Universities Commission (NUC) placed a moratorium on admission into part-time programmes in Nigerian Universities for alleged constant violation of the extant rules and operational guidelines for part-time and sandwich programmes by some Universities.

 In April, 2013, the Commission issued comprehensive guidelines for conducting part-time and sandwich programmes in the Nigerian University system. In response, the Vice-Chancellor by letter No. FUT/VC/GEN.80C/VOL.III/323 of May 22, 2013, sought for the Commission’s approval for the University to continue to run the 22 programmes on part-time basis in five Schools of the University.

 The 17 programmes approved by the NUC are as follows:

 School of Management Technology (Postgraduate)

  1. Financial Management Technology (PGD & MBA);

  2. Informational Management Technology (PGD& MBA);

  3. Project Management Technology (PGD & MBA);

  4. Transport Management Technology (PGD & MBA);

School of Science (Undergraduate B. Tech.)

  1. Biochemistry;

  2. Biotechnology;

  3. Geosciences;

  4. Mathematics

  5. Statistics;

  6. Physics,

School of Agriculture & Agricultural Technology

  1. Agricultural Economics;

  2. Agric. Sciences (Animal Science, Soil Science & Crop Science & Tech).

  3. Agricultural Extension;

School of Management Technology

  1. Maritime Management Technology

  2. Information Management Technology

  3. Project Management Technology

  4. Transport Management Technology.

In his reaction to the cheering news, the Vice-Chancellor stated that the Commission has indicated its plan to conduct facility validation visit to the University to appraise the programmes shortly. He added that under the new dispensation, the duration for first degree programmes of the scheme being offered to adults of 25 years of age and above in FUTO is now seven years.  He noted that the part-time programme will serve as a source of revenue to the University and capacity development to interested imolites.

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