BY TIMOTHY AGBOR, OSOGBO
The National University Commission has granted University of Ilesa, Osun State, the approval to run 32 courses for the 2023/2024 academic session.
The approval was contained in a letter by the Acting Executive Secretary of NUC, Chris Matyaki and dated September 4, 2023.
The letter, signed by Abubakar Girei, the Acting Director, Academic Planning of NUC, for Matyaki, a copy of which was obtained by The Point on Monday, was addressed to the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Ilesa.
Entitled, “Re: Resource Assessment Visit to Proposed Take-Off Academic Activities,” the letter read, “The Vice-Chancellor is please invited to recall that a resource verification visit was carried out by panels of experts to the proposed take-off academic programmes in University of Ilesa, Osun State, with a view to assessing the human and material resources available for their establishment.
“I am directed to inform the Vice-Chancellor that the Executive Secretary has considered and approved the establishment of the full-time mode of the following undergraduate programmes, to be run in the Main Campus of the University with effect from 2023/2024 academic session: “B.Sc. Anatomy, B.Sc Physiology, B.Sc. Accounting, B.Sc. Business Administration, B.Sc. Economics, B.Sc. Ed. Economics, B.Sc. Political Science, B.Sc. Ed. Political Science, B.Sc. Tourism and Hospitality, B.Sc. Transport Planning and Logistics Studies, B.A. Linguistics, B.A. Ed. English, B. A. English Language, B.A. History and International Studies, B.A. Music, B.A. Ed. Music, BMLS Medical Laboratory Science, B.Sc. Microbiology, B.Sc. Biochemistry, B.NSc. Nursing Science, B.Sc. Public Health, LL.B. Law, B.Sc. Computer Science, B.Sc. Cyber Security, B.Sc. Ed. Computer Science, B.Ed. Guidance and Counselling, B.Ed. Business Education, B.Ed. Educational Management, B.Ed. Adult and Continuing Education, B.Sc. Ed. Agricultural Science, B.Ed. Social Studies, B.Sc. Ed. Integrated Science.
“I am to add that the approval does not cover the part-time mode of delivery of the programmes.
“All programmes shall bear only the approved title and nomenclatures and any change will require the approval of the Commission. The University is enjoined to provide adequate human and material resources for the development and growth of the approved programmes.”
Meanwhile, Osun State Governor, Ademola Adeleke has expressed joy and happiness over the approval of the courses.
Adeleke, in a statement issued by his spokesperson, Olawale Rasheed, announced that his strategy of implementing due process and best practices for the takeoff of the tertiary institution has paid off, positing that, “The University of Ilesa will emerge as one of best state universities in Nigeria.”
“I earlier told my people of Ijeshaland that I have their best interest at heart. I have set up enduring structures. Specifically, our administration removes politics from the question of University of Ilesa.
“I am elated that the NUC came, saw and validated the preparedness of the University. I convey the appreciation of the Osun State Government to the NUC management. University of Ilesa is taking off in compliance with beat practices and national standards. Our strategy is working.
“Our government will continue to support the new university as we are doing for the Osun State University. We will ensure the university maintains a high academic standard. The public should expect the best from the University of Ilesa as they are getting from the Osun State University.
“I must also commend the Ijesha sons and daughters who contributed financially to ensure the successful take of the university. Community support and buy in of the university is a great asset which our government will leverage on,” the governor added.