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Wednesday, 25 February 2015 09:58

FUTO Post Graduate Admission Released

The Postgraduate School of the Federal University of Technology, Owerri (FUTO) has released the first batch admission list of Postgraduate candidates for the 2014/2015 Academic Session.

How To Check 2014/15 FUTO POSTGRADUATE ADMISSION LIST:

1. Visit the FUTO PG admission portal via pgapply.futo.edu.ng 

2. Click on Check Admission Status tab

3. Enter Email Address/Form Number in the space provided and Click on NEXT button to check your admission status.

INSTRUCTIONS TO ADMITTED CANDIDATES

Short listed candidates should go to any of the collecting banks and pay a non-refundable acceptance fee of Forty Thousand Naira (N40,000.00), excluding bank charges. The collecting banks are as follows:

(a) First Bank Nigeria Plc – Ikenegbu Branch

(b) Diamond Bank Plc – FUTO Branch

(c) EcoBank – Obinze Branch

(d) FUTO Micro-Finance Bank Limited

The detailed procedure is as follows:

STEP 1: Go to any of the collecting banks and pay a non-refundable fee of Forty Thousand Naira (N40,000.00) PG Acceptance fee, excluding bank charges. You will be given an E-Tranzact receipt which should contain a Confirmation pin and Receipt number. (Ensure that you do NOT lose this information!). Please make sure your FULL NAMES, PHONE NUMBER, MODE OF STUDY (FULL TIME OR PART TIME), PROGRAMME (PGD, MBA, M.SC, M.ENG, MPH, PH.D) are clearly captured by the bank.

STEP 2: Visit pgapply.futo.edu.ng and Click on “Check Admission Status” link by the side bar.

STEP 3: Enter your email address or Form number.

STEP 4: Then click “Next”. You can either view your details or continue with your payment

STEP 5: To view your details, kindly click the “View details” link. To make payment, click on “Proceed to Payment”

STEP 6: To continue with your payment, kindly enter your confirmation order and Receipt number on the E-tranzact slip you got from the bank.

STEP 7: Click on “Continue”.

STEP 8: Then click on “Print Acceptance Receipt” to print your receipt.

STEP 9: Print the provisional Admission Letter, and proceed to postgraduate school with your (i) etranzact slip, (ii) acceptance fees receipt and (iii) online provisional admission letter, to collect confirmation of admission.

STEP 10: Thereafter, proceed to the department for clearance. You will be given username and password to FUTO Eduportal. With your username and password you will log on to the portal to generate your school fees invoice which you will use to pay your school fees at any of the collecting banks.

Feel free to visit FUTO ICT Centre for any necessary assistance.

The management of Umaru Musa Yaradua University (UMYU), Katsina has released the supplementary admission list of candidates admitted into the institution for the 2014/2015 Academic Session.

How To Check UMYU Admission List 2014/15:

Candidates can view the full supplementary admission list by visiting the link below;

UMYU Supplementary list

The National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) has asked the management of the National Youths Service Corps (NYSC) to reduce the online registration fee for prospective corps members. to N3,000. The fee at present is N4,000.

The NANS President, Mr. Tijani Usman, made this appeal in a statement on Monday when leaders of the association met with the NYSC Management led by Brig-Gen. Johnson Olawumi, in Abuja.

According to the NANS President, no group, either in the NYSC Directorate, any school management or the operators of the online system, should exploit the intending NYSC members under the system.

The association, Usman said, would continue to be vigilant to ensure that the on-line policy remains functional, effective and exploitation-free.

He said, “NANS will ensure that her positions, especially on the reduced fee (from N4, 000 to N3, 000), are pushed through so as to make the system better in the end. This association also wishes to make it clear that we have protested, argued and debated this in the most civilized way; our issues were on points of facts and contents, there is no personal problem between either the leadership of NANS and the NYSC.”

The Nasarawa State Government has undertaken the payment of the National Examination Council (NECO) registration fee for students in the state.

Governor of the state, Tanko Al-Makura, said that the reason for the payment is to enable children of the less privileged have access to education.

He said that the state government spends over N20 million monthly on feeding boarding school students in the state as part of his administrations resolve to improve quality of education in the state.

Al-Makura disclosed that ‎over twenty two boarding schools in the state are beneficiaries of the gesture.

The governor, however, called on parents to report any principal who demands NECO registration fees and others charges from the students.

The Federal Ministry of Education invites qualified Nigerians to apply for the 2015/2016 nomination interview for Bilateral Education Agreement (BEA) scholarship award for Undergraduate and Postgraduate studies. Award tenable in Russia, China, Morocco, Turkey, Algeria, Romania, Serbia, Japan, Ukraine, Cuba, Greece, Czech Republic, Syria, Macedonia, Mexico, Egypt, Tunisia etc.

The BEA Awards are scholarship awards made to eligible Nigerian youths after due process by development partners who have entered into Bilateral Educational agreement with Nigeria. Nigeria equally offers reciprocal awards to citizens of the following Bilateral Education Agreement countries: China, Romania, and Cuba.

Federal Ministry of Education Overseas Scholarships for Undergraduate, Masters and PhD Nigerian Students

Eligibility
(A). Undergraduate Scholarship
All applicants for undergraduate degree courses must possess a minimum qualification of Five (5) Distinctions (As & Bs) in the Senior Secondary School Certificate, WAEC or NECO (May/June) only in the subjects relevant to their field of study including English language and Mathematics.

Certificates should not be more than Two (2) years old (2013 or 2014)

Age limit is 22 years (minimum age of 18years and maximum 22 years old at the time of taking up the award).

(B). Postgraduate Scholarship

All applicants must hold a First Degree with at least 2nd Class Upper Division.

The applicants who are previous recipients of Foreign Awards must have completed at least Two (2) years post qualification or employment practice in Nigeria.

A knowledge of the Foreign language of the donor country is desired particularly for those applying for Russian Award.

All applicants must have completed NYSC.

Age limit is 35 years for Masters and 40 years for Ph.D.

Note: (For all Applicants):
Knowledge of the language of the country of choice is an added advantage.

The donor countries are non English speaking. Applicants should therefore be prepared to undertake mandatory one year foreign language of the country of choice which will be the medium of instructions. And For postgraduate applicants for Russian award, the candidate must have obtained his/her first degree Russia.

Eligible groups
Citizens of Nigeria ONLY.

Participating Institutions
All accredited institutions of higher learning in the participating countries that have Bilateral Educational Agreements (BEA) with Nigeria.

The participating countries include:

Undergraduate (UG) studies: tenable in Russia, Cuba, Morocco, Algeria, Romania, Ukraine, Turkey, Egypt, Japan, Serbia, Macedonia and Hungary.

Postgraduate (PG) studies: tenable in Russia, China, Turkey, Japan, Serbia, Mexico, Hungary, South Korea etc.


The Fields of Study:

Undergraduate level: Medicine, Paramedical, Engineering, Geology, Agriculture, Sciences, Mathematics, Languages, Environmental Sciences, Sports, Law, Social Sciences, etc

Postgraduate level (Masters Degree and Ph.D): All fields

Note:
Awardees study the language of the country in their first Year and this constitutes the language of instruction throughout their study.

It is pertinent to state that performance in the language course determines the continuation of the course of study for which the award has been made.

Number of awards
Not specified, but several would be awarded

Sponsorship duration
The duration of the scholarship offer ranges from 4 - 9 years depending on the level of study and the country.

Scholarship benefits
The participating countries are responsible for the tuition and accommodation, while Nigeria government takes care of the following;

$500 monthly for supplementation
$250 yearly for warm clothing
$200 yearly for Health Insurance
$500 yearly for medical scholars only
$1000 for PG research grant yearly were applicable
N100,000 – Take off for PG scholars were applicable
N60,000 – Take off for UG scholars were applicable

Method of Application
To apply for the federal government scholarship, all qualified candidates are advised to:

Visit Federal Scholarship Board’s website: www.fsb.gov.ng

Click on Application Center

Click on BEA Award Application in the Application Center

Register/Login

Read Requirements & Instructions

Continue to complete the online form and submit

Print completed Application Form and Acknowledgement Slip and bring two (2) copies to the interview venue (as found on official website).

Venue of Interview:
All eligible applicants are to report for interview at the venues nearest to them as scheduled for their respective states of origin. Two sets of completed application forms should be submitted at the various interview centres with the following attachments:

Two authenticated photocopies of Educational Certificates and Testimonial of previous school attended in two envelopes.

Only one Certificate will be accepted ie WAEC or NECO

Two copies of Birth Certificate from national population commission (NPC) only

State of Origin Certificate duly signed, stamped and dated.

Four passport sized colour photographs on white background.

Data page of current International Passport, and

Academic transcripts and NYSC certificate will be required from applicants for postgraduate studies.

Original documents should be presented at the interview venues for sighting.

The Interview Venues and Dates can be found on the official website. The interview would take place from March 9th to March 13th 2015 by 9.00am daily. Applications should be submitted before the nomination interview of 9th to 13th March 2015.

Applicants are strongly advised to attend the interview at their zones of origin.

DEADLINES:
The 2015/2016 BEA scholarship application closing date is 8th March, 2015.

PLEASE NOTE:
Candidates nominated and finally selected by the awarding BEA countries will be required to submit to Federal scholarship Board the following:

Authenticated copies of academic certificates
Specified medical reports and police clearance certificate.

Application Deadline: 8 March 2015
Open to International Applicants: No (ONLY Nigerians) 

The Vice Chancellor of the Sokoto State University Professor Nuhu Yaqub  said the institution, had received over N2.09 billion from the Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFUND) in the last seven months.

Prof. Nuhu revealed this over the weekend during the matriculation ceremony of the newly admitted students.

According to the him, this fund given to the school by Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFUND) would be used to do the following:

  • Provide two lecture theatres
  • Commencement of the building of the Faculty of Science,
  • Provide Internet facilities, among others

The VC also urged the students to reciprocate the huge expenditure of the government and their parents by being dedicated to their studies and shunning vices, to make a Better future for themselves and their family.

He also went on, to disclose that the students should NOT go contrary to the rules and regulations of the institution, or they might face expulsion from the school.

‘’We will never compromise our standard of discipline and academic excellence. Any contravention by the workers and students will be sanctioned.” He said.

Academic Arena news gathered that about 1,002 (one thousand and two) students were admitted for the 2014/2015 academic session.

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Monday, 23 February 2015 10:03

ASUP to Embark on Indefinite Strike Again

Following the Federal Government’s failure to implement the agreement it reached with the Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP), which led to the suspension of its strike last July, the union has resolved to resume the industrial action

 on February 25th.

The union had earlier on February 11 issued a two weeks ultimatum urging the federal government to immediately implement the agreement it reached with the union which led to the suspension of its strike last July.


President of ASUP, Comrade Chibuzor Asomuga, while speaking with journalists in Abuja at the weekend at the end of the national executive council (NEC) meeting of the union frowned over the government’s failure to implement the agreement it reached with the union.

According to him, ASUP suspended the strike in July 2014 based on the plea of the Hon Minister of Education, Alhaji Ibrahim Shekarau who then requested for a three month moratorium to enable him tackle the lingering problems. 

However, since the suspension of the strike none of the issues has been addressed to a logical conclusion.

It was learnt that other resolution reached at the end of the NEC included that “the Federal Government should, without further delay dissolve the Governing Councils of the Federal polytechnics Oko and Ado Ekiti as they have become burdens rather than solutions to the myriad of problems bedeviling the sector.

“That the circular issued by the Ministry of Education suspending the implementation CONTISS 15 Migration be withdrawn with immediate effect as the suspension is ill-timed and counterproductive and will create further tension in the sector.

“That Managements and Councils of Polytechnics in Nigeria must desist from interfering in ASUP activities in their Institutions and stop forthwith the intimidation of staff who insists that proper things be done.”

Monday, 23 February 2015 09:58

2015 UTME Date Postponed to 9th of March

The date for the 2015/2016 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) has been officially postponed! The new date for the Jamb 2015 Examination is now March 9th, 2015.

The new date was made known to newsmen by the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB), registrar, Prof. ‘Dibu Ojerinde. Professor Dibu also revealed that the Board has set systems in place to ensure that the visually impaired candidates are not excluded from the fourth coming Jamb CBT examination.

JAMB has earlier told candidates to start reprinting their exam slip from 23rd February, 2015 in preparation of the examination and for candidates to know their centers. But in view of the recent change in the Jamb 2015 UTME examination date, we urged all the Jamb candidates not to reprint their slips again come Monday 23rd February, 2015. This is to enable JAMB to make appropriate changes to the candidates’ Exam Details. And one of those details is there might be change of centres.

We will inform you when it is the right time to start reprinting your Examination Slip and the full guideline will also be provided.

The Dutch-based Mars One project - which aims to send people to live on the faraway planet - has whittled down its shortlist of candidates from more than two hundred thousand to just fifty men and fifty women.

About a hundred brave souls from around the globe are now vying for a one-way ticket to Mars, knowing they will never return from the Red Planet.

Among the array of these brave persons are science fanatics, physics majors, engineers and doctors. There were also a few more surprising choices, including a singer who was doing a two-man show in New York at the time of his application for the program; an artist with a fascinating family connection to NASA; a mechanic from a remote part of Utah, and an aspiring novelist.
Andrew Tunks  (28 yrs), works in health care technology and in his free time is writing a novel. His goal in life is to reduce suffering in the world;

 Carmen Paul (32 yrs), serves in the National Guard and is an avid techie.

Among the 100 prospective Mars colonists, which hail from 40 countries, there are 33 US residents ranging in age from 19 to 60 years of age. Out of these 33 men and women, half a dozen are over the age of 50, including a married father of five.
Ryan Macdonald  a physics student at Oxford University said:

 “The most important thing to do in life is to leave a legacy. A lot of people do that by having a child...for me this would be my legacy.”

Claire Weedon is the only Briton who doesn’t work in science and is a self-confessed adrenaline junkie.

From this shortlist, a final crew of four will eventually be sent to Mars, scheduled to arrive in 2025 following a grueling seven-month journey from Earth

The Benue State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB) on wednesday, distributed textbooks to five government owned special needs schools.

SUBEB's Chairman, Anum Iho, at the presentation ceremony held in Makurdi, said the gesture was aimed at providing quality education to all Nigerian children, irrespective of their situations.

He said that the books procured were part of the two per cent 2013 disbursement intervention fund set aside by the Universal Basic Commission to support the education of physically and mentally challenged children on yearly basis.

Iho charged the benefitting schools to ensure that the books get to the end users, warning that the board would strictly monitor utilization of the materials to avoid sharp practices.

Responding on behalf of the beneficiaries, Innocent Mayange of the Local Government Special School for Exceptional Children, Alaide, thanked the government for the gesture, and urged the board to review the two percent intervention fund upward so as to adequately meet the needs of the institutions.

Mayange appealed to the board to expand its scope to cover regular primary schools in the state in order to identify gifted teachers and transfer them to special needs schools.

Friday, 20 February 2015 10:08

AKSU Gets New Vice Chancellor

Following the five year single-tenure of Prof. Sunday W. Peters which ended 31st December 2014,
a new Vice Chancellor, Prof. Eno Ibanga has been appointed in Akwa Ibom State University (AKSU).

Academic Arena news gathered that Prof. Ibang hails from  Mkpat Enin local government area of Akwa Ibom state and was the former dean of student affairs University of Uyo (UNIUYO).

 Until his appointment, he was the Deputy vice chancellor (DVC) Academics Akwa Ibom State University. 

The University of Abuja (UNIABUJA) has published the 2014/2015 academic session school fees schedule for Centre for Distance Learning and Continuing Education Program students.

SCHEDULE OF FEES AND BANKS TO PAY FOR 2014/2015 SESSION

ZENITH BANK
i. 500L SOCIAL SCIENCE = N48,400
ii. 400L SOCIAL SCIENCE = 42,400

FIRST BANK
i. 500L MANAGEMENT SCIENCE = 62,800
ii. 400L MANAGEMENT SCIENCE = 56,800

UBA PLC
i. 500L ARTS = 48,400
ii. 400L ARTS = 42,400

UNITY BANK
i. 500L ALL EDUCATION COURSES = 48,400
ii. 400L ALL EDUCATION COURSES = 42,400

NOTE:
a. You are hereby advised strongly NOT to pay into any WRONG BANK.
b. Payment into a WRONG BANK means forfeiting the payment for such complaints will not be entertained.

Friday, 20 February 2015 09:38

FCE Zaria 2014/2015 Admission List Released

This To Notify Those That applied for undergraduate programs of Federal College of Education, Zaria that the admission list has been released.

The list is not yet online.

However, candidates can access the list via the school notice board. 

The Minster of Education, Mallam Ibrahim Shekarau said Federal Government would explore all measures to restore the respect, dignity and status of teachers in Nigeria.

Speaking when the Finland Ambassador to Nigeria, Pirjo Suomela-Chowdhury, visited him, Mr. Shekarau said said apart from the general agenda of government for improving access and quality of education, his particular concern as Minister of Education is to improve the quality of teachers.

Suomela-Chowdhury disclosed that teachers in Finland have a minimum of master’s degree. He also said the profession is highly competitive in his country because of a huge interest from too many qualified people.

Mr. Shekarau said from 1980 the minimum teaching qualification to teach in schools was National Certificate in Education but this could be upped to first degree soon.

 “Gradually we will get there. We hope that a day will come when all our schools including pre-primary will be handled by university graduates. We have a lot to learn from each other regardless of the factor of the size. The challenges are the same,” he said.

 “We must continuously increase the number of teachers, improve the quality of teachers, improve the condition of teacher training institutions and continuously review the curriculum of teacher education to make sure it catch up with the challenges; address the issues of teachers’ welfare and job security,” he said.

He said the federal government would soon come up with a proposal to encourage special scholarship awards by all tiers of government to students from secondary schools who want to study education in universities and teacher training institutions.

Mr. Shekarau said the respect and dignity accorded teachers in the past have been lost over time as a result of neglect.

He stated that the Federal Government would soon call for a national teachers’ summit to discuss how to raise the quality of teachers in Nigeria.

He noted that no nation could rise above the level of quality of its education system, saying teachers must be the key driving force of the sector.

Mr. Shekarau also disclosed that there have been remarkable  improvement in budgetary allocation to the education sector in line with the transformation agenda of the current administration.

The Federal Government on Thursday deployed 32 volunteers to Tanzania to assist its education sector under the Technical Aid Corps (TAC) scheme for the African, Caribbean and Pacific countries.

The Director-General of TAC, Dr Pius Osunyikanmi who was  represented by Dr Oladele Abiodun, Director of Programmes, TAC  said this at a farewell ceremony for the volunteers in Abuja shortly before their departure.

He charged them to be good ambassadors of Nigeria while in Tanzania.

``You are just few among Nigerians chosen for this task. So you are carrying the Nigerian flag in a foreign land.

``As you go out there, may I charge you to be good ambassadors of Nigeria; as you go about your activities there you must do Nigeria proud.

``Anywhere you go in the Republic of Tanzania, you will be carrying the image of Nigeria. You must carry the banner of Nigeria very high,” he said.

Osunyikanmi also urged the volunteers to behave responsibly so as to reverse any misconception that might be held about Nigeria in their host country.

He urged them to desist from any act that could tarnish their image and the image of Nigeria.

``You will be interacting with the citizens of your host country at different levels; please stay away from the politics of Tanzania.

``Also stay away from any form of social vices in the land,” he advised them.

He assured the volunteers that the federal government would take adequate care of their welfare and security, particularly through prompt payment of their monthly allowances.

He also urged them to make the Nigerian Embassy in Tanzania their first contact in the event of any challenge.

Osunyikanmi said their resettlement allowances had been paid and also advised them to leave their bank details in Nigeria with TAC for the payment of their onshore allowance.

Mr Patrick Francis, a volunteer who would teach Mathematics in Tanzania, said he would also help to raise the moral of the students.

Francis promised to discharge his duty exceptionally and be a good representative of Nigeria.

Another volunteer, Ms Nketololu Nkechi, who would teach Chemistry, said she would also focus on mentoring the girls.

``I can impact on the lives of the girls in several ways apart from teaching them chemistry,” Nkechi said.

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