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Academics have called for the inclusion of Qur’an teaching in Islamiyya schools' curriculum after a two-day international conference at Bayero University, Kano (BUK).

In a communiqué signed by the Chairman and Secretary, Professor Abubakar Mustapha and Dr Muhammad Babangida Muhammad, the dons say including Qur'anic teaching on civic responsibilities in the curriculum of Islamiyya schools will promote good governance and responsible political participation in Nigeria.

According to Daily Trust, the communiqué, urged Muslim scholars to research and contextualise Qur'anic texts related to social responsibility and freedom of expression in order to promote a comprehensive approach to social responsibility in Muslim societies.

Individuals and organizations were also urged to support social responsibility and freedom of expression as essential religious duties which would help create a peaceful, egalitarian society.

The conference, themed: "Social Responsibility and Freedom of Expression from the Qur'anic Perspectives", was organised by the BUK's Centre for Qur'anic Studies, the Hira magazine and Nusret Educational and Cultural Company of Turkey.

The Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile Ife has published the admission list of candidates admitted into various undergraduate programmes for the 2014/2015 academic session.

How to Check OAU Admission List 2014/15 online:

1. Prospective students are to visit the oau admission status checking portal via the link below;
http://eportal.oauife.edu.ng/admissions.php

2. Enter your admission Year and Jamb Registration Number in the spaces provided,

3. Click on the submit button to check your provisional admission status.

 

The Federal Government has been urged to invest more in education in order to position the country for development.

Chief Ọlagunsoye Oyinlọla, a former governor of Osun State and former Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), made the call at the matriculation ceremony of the Oshogbo campus of the National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN).

“The Federal Government should invest more in the education sector. It is a critical sector which must be given attention for any nation to develop," Oyinlola said.

The PDP stalwart who recently enrolled at NOUN lamented the poor ranking of Nigerian universities in international circles.

According to him, increased funding will result in better ranking of Nigerian universities.

“Nigeria will be greater if we invest more in the education sector and Nigerian universities will rank among the best in the world with the proper funding of the sector”.

The retired Brigadier-General is pursuing a Postgraduate Diploma in Theology at NOUN.

He became governor of Osun State in May 2003, securing re-election in 2007.

On the 26th of November 2010, the Court of Appeal in Ibadan nullified his election.

 

The Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba-Akoko (AAUA) has published the full undergraduate academic calendar for the 2014/2015 session.

APPROVED ACADEMIC CALENDAR FOR THE FIRST SEMESTER 2014/2015 SESSION

February 22 – 28, 2015 – Pre-Registration for Fresh Students.
Week 1: March 1 – 7, 2015 – Resumption and on-Campus Registration for all Returning Students.
– Resumption, Screening and Registration for Fresh Students.
– Faculty – Based Course Exposition.
– Inter/Intra-Faculty Transfers begin.
Week 2: March 8 – 14, 2015 – Orientation for Fresh Students.
– Registration Continues for all Students.
– Lecture Begin for all Returning Students.
– Departmental Orientation.
Week 3: March 15 -21, 2015 – Lectures Begin for Fresh Students.
– Inter/Intra-Faculty Transfers Ends.
Week 4: March 22 – 28, 2015 – Lectures Continue.
Week 5: March 29 – April 4, 2015 – 1st Continuous Assessment Test.
– Lectures Continue.
– End of Registration & Closure of Edu-Portal.
Week 6: April 5 – 11, 2015 – Lectures Continue.
– Matriculation.
Week 7: April 12 – 18, 2015 – Resumption of 300/400 Level Education Students.
– Lectures Continue.
Week 8 April 19 – 25, 2015 – 2nd Continuous Assessment Test.
– Lectures Continue.
Week 9: April 26 – May 2, 2015 – Lectures Continue.
– Senate (Examinations).
Week 10: May 3 – 9, 2015 – Lectures Continue.
Week 11: May 10– 16, 2015 – 3rd Continuous Assessment Test.
– Lecture Continue.
Week 12: May 17-23, 2015 – Lectures Continue.
Week 13: May 24 – 30, 2015 – Lectures Continue.
Week 14: May 31 – June 6, 2015 – End of Lectures.
Week 15: June 07– 13, 2015 – Revision for all Students.
Week 16: June 14 – 20, 2015 – First Semester Examinations Begin.
Week 17: June 21- 27, 2015 – First Semester Examinations Continue.
Week 18: June 28 – July 4, 2015 – End of First Semester Examinations.
Saturday, July 4, 2015 – Students to vacate Campus and Halls of Residence.

SUMMARY
Registration – Two (2) Week
Lectures – Twelve (12) Weeks
Revision – One (1) Week
Examinations – Three (3) Weeks
Total – Eighteen (18) Weeks

First Semester Break (2 Weeks) Sunday, July 5 – Saturday, July18, 2015.

The event that led to the change in Iyanu’s life started when she was allegedly slapped by one Mrs Funke Fashina, said to be the secretary to the principal of the school. And what was her offence? The woman reportedly saw her and two other girls emerging from an unused room within the school building and enquired to know what they were doing there. Before they could reply, she landed a slap on Iyanu’s face first, and subsequently others.

The girl’s right eye was said to have developed a problem and had got worse, with the University College Hospital, Ibadan (UCH), saying that she would require a surgery. Academic Arena gathered that she could no longer see with the right eye.

Narrating her experience, Iyanu said: “On Thursday, January 29, students were having an Agricultural science class, so those of us offering Food and Nutrition left the class and three of us went to stay in one of the rooms in the building.

“We saw our teacher from the window of the room so we wanted to step out to go and meet her. As we were about to leave the room, we saw the secretary to the Principal, Mrs Funke Fasina. She asked us what we were doing in that room but before we could explain, she slapped us one after the other.

“By the time I got home, my left eye had turned red and painful. I told my mother what happened but she dismissed me, saying that I would not have been slapped if I didn’t do something wrong. On Monday February 9, my mother followed me to school and the principal asked my mother to take me to the hospital.

An environment friendly car has been manufactured with locally sourced materials at the Mechanical Engineering Department of the Ahmadu Bello University (ABU) Zaria.

Unveiling the car at the weekend, the Head of Department and Dean, Faculty of Engineering, Dr. Mohammed Dauda, told journalists that it was made from materials sourced from the local community.

"All materials used for this car were sourced locally," Dr. Dauda said.

Dr. Dauda however noted that some components were recycled, rather than self-fabricated at the department.

"Though, there are things that we did not fabricate ourselves, you will be surprised that some of the components like the electrical, we just looked at an old computer system and then adopted some of the components that were useful to us," he said.

"So, this is one example of what we did, which is recycling, otherwise, I will say 100 per cent of the things we used were produced here in Zaria".

He said the Department was motivated to manufacture the car following an invitation from the Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Limited to participate in a competition.

"In addition to federal government's automotive policy, I must say that the reason we started this (manufacturing of the car) came from Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Limited.

"They invited ABU to participate in what they call Shell Eco Marathon Competition."

The Department now plans to compete in the 2015 Shell Eco Marathon Competition with the car.

"The car should be one that consumes little fuel but goes long distances. This competition is held in America, Europe and Asia and we are participating in the European one in Netherlands in May this year."

Cars designed and built by at the University of Benin (UNIBEN) and the University of Lagos (UNILAG) participated in the 2014 edition of the competition held in Holland.

The Federal Polytechnic, Auchi, Edo State, has warned its students to shun improper dressing, cultism, examination malpractice and other social vices.

Speaking on Friday at the institutions 32nd matriculation ceremony for the 2014/2015 session, the Rector, Dr. Philipa Idogho urged the 12,000 newly admitted students to resist temptations from people of questionable character.

Idogho said the institution has put measures in place to check vices among its students, harping on cultism which has become a problem across all levels \of education in the country.

"The management of the polytechnic frowns at membership of cult groups," the Rector said.

She asked the students to remain focused on their academics and promised that the management would do all possible to make their learning environment conducive.

"I urged you to take full advantage of this privilege of admission by working studiously to attain your goals and ambition in this institution," Idogho said.

“On our part, we will do all we need to do to make you men and women of character.

"The polytechnic is determined to make the learning environment conducive for you, so that you can optimise your time of learning.”

It will be recalled that the Lagos State University (LASU) in February announced a ban on a wide range of fashion choices common amongst its students, including face caps, tattoos, earrings and hair extensions, drawing students' ire.

That decision was mirrored by Kwara State University (KWASU), Malete, in an early March dress code that also announced a ban of gender mix between its students, off and on the campus.

Also, The Polytechnic Ibadan last week said it would expel students who wear clothes that expose their sensitive body parts.

Applications for OAU inter-university transfer for 2014/2015 session has commenced. Application Forms can be collected at Admissions Office, University Hall Extension (New Secretariat Building), Room 216 after producing a Bank Draft of the sum of Five Thousand Naira (N5,000.00) from the following banks: OAU Microfinance bank, ECOBANK, Skye Bank, Diamond bank, First Bank, Fidelity Bank, Wema Bank, UBA, GTB, Zenith Bank and Access Bank addressed to The Bursar, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife. Duly filled forms must be submitted on or before Tuesday 7th April, 2015. Academic Transcripts addressed to The Registrar, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife must reach the University before the deadline.

Monday, 16 March 2015 10:25

Auchi Poly matriculates 12,000 students

The Federal Polytechnic, Auchi, Edo State, has held its 32nd matriculation ceremony for the 2014/2015 session, where it matriculated 12,000 students. The Rector of the institution, Dr. Philipa Idogho, during her speech, explained that the matriculants were among “thousands” who participated in the post-UTME screening. 
 

She said the institution had a responsibility to train the students in both character and learning, in line with vision of the school.‎ She reiterated that the institution had put in place efficient measures to keep social vices like improper dressing, cultism and examination malpractice curbed.

The rector added:

”I urge you to take full advantage of this privilege of admission by working studiously to attain your goals and ambition in this institution. The management of the polytechnic frowns at membership of cult groups. The polytechnic is determined to make the learning environment conducive for you, so that you can optimise your time of learning.”

The Registrar, Dr. Margaret Ashikpelokha, who administered the oath of matriculation, urged the students to subscribe to rules and regulation guiding the institution, as members of the academic community.

”This oath entails that you pay due respect to the rector and officers of the polytechnic and that you will be faithful and observe the rules and regulation guiding the polytechnic,” she said.

Monday, 16 March 2015 10:19

Norwegian Envoy to Speak at AUN Lecture

The Norwegian Ambassador to Nigeria, Rolf Ree, will deliver the American University of Nigeria Diplomatic Lecture Series on March 19.

According to the Executive Director, Communications & Public Relations at the university, Mr. Daniel Okereke, the lecture is a forum for interaction between the diplomatic community in Nigeria and the university.

Okereke, who made this known in a statement on Monday, noted that the lecture series started in Yola, Adamawa State in 2011.

Besides the lecture, Ree, who will be on three-day working visit to the state, the statement added, would meet members of the Adamawa Peace Initiative as well as interact with students and faculty members of the university.

Envoys from Switzerland, Ireland, Canada, Israel, the European Union, and the United States, in the past, had presented the AUN’S Diplomatic Lecture Series.

All American Ambassadors in Nigeria since 2004 have delivered the lectures in the university. They include Dr. John Campbell (2004), Robin Sanders (2008), Terrence McCulley (2011), James Entwistle (2014).

Ree, who holds a master’s degree in Political Science from the University of Oslo, has had a long career in the Norwegian Foreign Service.

Prior to his posting to Abuja, he served as Deputy Head of Mission at the Norwegian Embassy in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, between 2007 and 2012.

The federal government has assured schools of adequate security before, during and after the forthcoming general elections.

The minister of state for education, Professor Viola Onwuliri, made this disclosure when she meets principals of unity colleges in the country.

‎She said principals, teachers and other major staff of unity schools across the country will be moved to other schools for effective service.

Onwuliri, however, urged the principals to officially inform the Federal Ministry of Education of projects that are abandoned and those that have been completed and handed over to the schools.

The Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University (ATBU), Bauchi invites applications suitably qualified candidates for admission into full-time and part-time Postgraduate Diploma (PGD), Masters and PhD degree programmes for the 2015/2016 academic session.

The postgraduate programmes are available at Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Master of Science (M. Sc), Master of Tech. Education (M. Tech. Ed), Master of Engineering (M. Eng.), Master of Technology (M. Tech.), Master of Business Administration (MBA,) Master Banking and Finance (MBF), Master of Entrepreneurship and Business Development (MEBD) and Postgraduate Diploma (PGD) levels, as outlined hereunder:

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

The following may qualify for admission into the specified Postgraduate programmes:

A. Postgraduate Diploma (PGD)
i) Graduates of Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University or other recognized universities with at least Second class honours degree.
ii) Holders of any other qualifications together with relevant field experience as deemed acceptable to the University.
iii) Holders of HND with at least a Credit Pass.

B. Master Degree
i) Graduates of Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University who have obtained the approved first degree with at least second class honours (with CGPA of 3.00) or its equivalent; or candidates with University honours degree and appropriate postgraduate diplomas of the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University or other recognized universities with at least a Credit Pass.
ii) Candidates whose degrees are classified as an average of C or Above
iii) Candidates who possess Higher National Diploma with at least a credit pass from recognized institutions and at least a credit pass of postgraduate diploma of Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University in the relevant areas at upper credit level.
iv) Candidates may be required to sit for a qualifying examination either before approval of registration.

C. Master of Philosophy (M. Phil) and Masters by Research Degrees
i) Graduates of Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University or other recognized institutions who have obtained the approved first degree with at least second class honours (upper division).
ii) A good second class honours degree plus a considerable relevant industrial experience.

D. Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) Degree
i) Graduates of Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University who hold Masters Degree appropriate for the proposed areas of study.
ii) Graduates of other recognized universities who hold higher degrees considered by the university to be an equivalent.
iii) Candidates for the PhD programmes may be required to pass a qualifying examination and/or undergo a probationary period not exceeding 12 calendar months.

DURATION OF PROGRAMMES

A. Postgraduate Diploma Programmes (course work and project report)
i) Full-time
Minimum – 12 calendar months
Maximum – 24 calendar months

Masters Programmes
i) Full-time
Minimum – 18 calendar months
Maximum – 36 calendar months

ii) Part-time Programmes
Minimum – 24 calendar months
Maximum – 60 calendar months
Masters of Philosophy (M. Phil)

i) Full-time Programmes
Minimum – 24 calendar months
Maximum – 48 calendar months

ii) Part-time Programmes
Minimum – 36 calendar months
Maximum – 60 calendar months

PhD Programmes
i) Full-time
Minimum – 36 calendar months
Maximum – 60 calendar months

ii) Part-time Programmes
Minimum – 48 calendar months
Maximum – 84 calendar month

METHOD OF APPLICATION

Interested applicants can obtain the application forms on-line by taking the following steps:

Visit www.atbu.edu.ng/pg to download a payment invoice.
Use the downloaded payment invoice to make payment of a non-refundable fee of (₦5,000.00) only payable to “A.T.B.U., Bauchi” through any of the designated banks.

Return back to www.atbu.edu.ng/pg to gain access to the online application forms.

ATTENTION: To have access to the online forms, you should use the downloaded payment invoice to make the payment at any of the designated banks.
It is mandatory for an applicant to make arrangement with their previous institutions to forward a copy of his/her transcript to the Secretary, School of Postgraduate Studies, Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University, P.M. B. 0248, Bauchi, Bauchi State , Nigeria.

APPLICATION CLOSING DATE

All completed applications and a copy of the receipt for the purchase of the form should be returned to the Secretary, School of Postgraduate Studies, on or before 31st, July 2015.

Nigerian students studying abroad are being radicalized by agents of the ISIS, an extremist rebel group that controls territory in Iraq and Syria.

The shocking revelation was made by the Coordinator of the National Information Centre, Mr. Mike Omeri who cited intelligence reports.

Speaking in a briefing on the war against terrorism in the country, Omeri said the terrorist group is using social media and other sources to target susceptible students.

"At this point, the centre wishes to alert the nation of intelligence reports, indicating the radicalization of our youths through the social media and a variety of other sources," he said.

Omeri who is also the Director General of the National Orientation Agency (NOA) said students from rich homes are the main targets of the extremists.

“The reports show that these youths who are mostly children of the rich and affluent are being recruited into ISIS."

He asked parents with wards abroad to keep an eye on them before they get radicalized.

“We, therefore, call on parents and guardians, especially those whose wards are schooling abroad, to closely monitor the activities of these students who may be susceptible to the antics of the promoters of the ISIS ideology," he added.

It will be recalled that the alleged mastermind of the deadly Nyanya twin bomb blast that killed nearly 100 Nigerians and left scores physically damaged for life, Aminu Sadiq Ogwuche, was radicalized while studying abroad.

The British born terrorist is an indigene of Orokam, Ogbadibo LGA, Benue State, Nigeria and was a student of Arabic Language at the International University of Africa, Sudan.

With this warning by the NIC DG, parents in the North would be worried, given that many Northern states send their students to countries noted for radicalisms.

In July 2014, the Sokoto state government said it will spend about N800 million to sponsor four hundred and twenty (420) students abroad.

Of this number, 160 will be studying in Sudan, same country where Ogwuche studied.

Mixing with the opposite sex on or off the campus or simply wearing palm sandals on weekdays are punishable by expulsion according to a new code of conduct and dressing introduced at the Kwara State University (KWASU), Malete.

In a noticed dated 19th of February, issued and signed by the institution’s Registrar,Surajudeen O. Oyebode, KWASU introduced a new dress code and banned gender mix between its students, off and on the campus.

Under the "Gender Mix" section, students are banned from living near each other, even in private accommodation outside the campus.

"Gender mix is forthwith prohibited in hostels on and off campus. There shall be zero tolerance for students of different genders co-habiting in the same room, hostel or compound," the announcement read.

Visiting at any time outside 4pm-6pm daily is also banned and students are not allowed to host visitors.

"Any student caught visiting another, or a group of students, after the stipulated hours, will be liable to severe punishment by the school authority.

"No student is allowed to live with students in their various hostels on and off campus."

The "Dress Code" section featured other strictures, banning"sexually suggestive or provocative dressing."

"This shall include dressing which may, wittingly or unwittingly, cause undue attraction/exposure to private members of the body e.g. cleavages, chests, thighs etc."

The notice prohibited distressed and patterned jeans, heavy jewelleries, body revealing clothing, untucked shirts, rolled sleeves, body piercings, and other "other forms of dressing that may be adjudged morally unacceptable or indecent."

Oyebode said the ruled were introduced "in order to engender sound moral values and promote strong character building which are the hallmarks of students of Kwara State University."

It will be recalled that, in February, The Lagos State University (LASU) management banned a wide range of fashion choices common amongst its students, including face caps, tattoos, earrings and hair extensions.

The Vice-Chancellor of the University of Ilorin (UNILORIN), Professor AbdulGaniyu Ambali, has called for improved funding of universities in the country to enhance the delivery of quality education and to enable more people have  access to tertiary education through the expansion of existing facilities.

Prof. Ambali, who made the call in an exclusive interview with The News Magazine recently, also registered his support for the mooted plan by the Federal Government to establish mega-varsities in the country, saying they would substantially help in absorbing many of the university admission seekers who could not otherwise be admitted due to limited carrying capacities of the existing universities.

The Vice-Chancellor urged the Federal Government to “improve the funding to universities because with adequate funding, some of the existing universities will be expanded to accommodate more candidates”. He also appealed to the government to allow the universities to embark on online degree programmes just as many institutions now run some sandwich programmes. “If that is extended to the populace, it will reduce the backlog of unadmitted candidates that we have across the country”, he said.

While appreciating the efforts of the Federal Government for its support for the myriads of projects on the Unilorin campus, Prof. Ambali lamented that funding remains a major challenge confronting his administration because “we have so many projects that we want to execute.”

The Vice-Chancellor said, “We want to be able to provide more infrastructure, especially in terms of building more hostels to accommodate students; we also need more money to train more staff, though we are among the very few universities that have 60 per cent of staff with PhDs. We want to improve on that so that we can have better quality teaching staff. We need funds for our staff to attend more conferences, to be able to present their research papers and interact with their colleagues all over the world.”

Prof. Ambali also submitted that the prudent management of limited resources, as well as support from friends of the University, has made it possible for the University to execute many capital projects. “The little money we have is channeled towards improving the condition of the University, especially in terms of offices, laboratories, as well as equipment in the laboratories”, he noted.

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