Why ATBU can’t make use of graduate that constructed drone – VC
Professor Saminu Ibrahim, Vice Chancellor of Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University (ATBU), Bauchi
Vice Chancellor of Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University (ATBU), Bauchi, Professor Saminu Ibrahim, explains why the college could not make use of its graduate that constructed a drone.
Are you making any try to advertise educational analysis?
The college began in 1980 with 100 college students and at this time now we have over 18,000 undergraduates and 4,000 postgraduate college students. The pupil inhabitants is between 22,000 and 23,000 and one of many qualities of our energy is engineering, to the extent that every one our engineering programs have been accredited. We are doing very nicely particularly from the suggestions we're getting from the tip customers of our merchandise and we're making effort to enhance. We have about 2,800 personnel out of which 1,000 are educational employees.
The National Automotive Council has visited ATBU and commissioned some specialised gear it donated to the Department of Automotive Engineering. We are one of many first universities to begin the course, in addition to Mechatronics and Systems Engineering and Computer and Communication.
The college was arrange by government with the capability to hold 5,000 college students due to the hole between researchers and entrepreneurs. We have lots of concepts and innovations that ended solely on cabinets and we are attempting to shut the hole between the academia and the entrepreneurs with government offering enabling surroundings in order that the innovations would find yourself as merchandise for individuals to make use of. That is why the college has chosen to ascertain Science and Technology Park.
ATBU has taken membership of the World Technopolis Association (WTA) which might, along with comparable our bodies, play an element within the improvement of the park. We have additionally shaped partnership with universities inside and out of doors the nation and most particularly with the Chungnam National University (CNU), Daejeon, Korea, to strengthen analysis and improvement whereas quite a few companions have supplied to arrange ICT hubs within the park.
Another organisation helps us to ascertain an incubation middle and with the help of the National Board for Technology Incubation (NBTI), we will have one thing on floor.
Apart from the specialised programs you might be supposed to supply, you additionally run administration programs. Does that not distract you?
We provide accounting, info expertise and business administration. And what is going on is that there are lots of interactions among the many programs. If you have a look at Apple Technology Company for instance, you'll suppose it depends extra on expertise however lots of artwork is occurring within the improvement of concepts and the merchandise of the corporate. There needs to be a wedding.
Most of the time, sadly, scientists will not be good businessmen, and that's the reason some our merchandise are ending up the place they're. So, you want these which might be good in advertising and marketing and artwork to enrich the scientists to maneuver our merchandise from the extent of analysis and improvement into helpful merchandise that may convey some cash to the nation. Again, it's essential to practice individuals to handle assets and analysis actions.
Many universities tended to fail in analysis as a result of they haven’t obtained good analysis administration sections. You could have good researchers, however when you don’t have good models to handle the analysis, you'll find yourself with good researches on the cabinets, which might be ineffective. The essence of the analysis is to vary the surroundings and humanity.
The regulation establishing ATBU permits it to award levels in expertise, medical and allied sciences.
A researcher from the college learning in Malaysia not too long ago mentioned one of many main issues with technological and scientific analysis is lack of funds. How do you deal with that?
We visited the National Assembly the place they're attempting to amend our regulation. However, one of many first issues is that now we have to discover a manner of prioritising as a result of we want funding in so multiple methods. We are attempting to see how we are able to generate extra funds for the college; now we have mentioned with some stakeholders. Certainly, when you have a look at the colleges overseas, they don’t essentially depend on government funds however on their alumni and endowments. One college overseas obtained an endowment of N1.three billion from a corporation to ascertain a university of drugs. These issues don’t occur in our society. Even our personal alumni, are solely starting to understand they must help the system.
So, there's a massive funding hole typically and particularly for analysis. At some extent we used to have what we referred to as Research and Publication Committee, which doesn't exist now as a result of it isn't wanted. At that time the government was giving some funds for analysis and that committee sat all the way down to acceptable funds for those who have proven curiosity or introduced some proposals. But with time, even the analysis institutes which might be established for particular researches are solely getting cash sufficient to pay salaries. That made it very troublesome for individuals to make progress as a result of the event of a college is tied to analysis and paper writing. In reality, now we have established a Directorate of Research and Innovation as one of many methods to coordinate ourselves and see how we are able to get extra analysis funds. We have had some workshops on find out how to write fundable analysis proposals as a result of there's some huge cash on analysis however when you don’t write a great proposal that may promote, you'll be able to’t get that cash.
People don’t usually depend on inner institutional analysis funds as a result of no establishment has sufficient funds; it's essential to go exterior and so that you can compete exterior, you want the flexibility to jot down good proposals. We have about 5 proposals with the World Bank.
You are among the many first universities to put in Automotive Engineering. What led to that call and what are its advantages over different engineering programs?
This is a nationwide precedence. The Federal Government determined to run these three programs although it coincided with our personal ideas. They began the pilot by selecting universities that they believed are sturdy in engineering and ATBU occurred to be considered one of them along with two others. But few different universities are individually working the programs thereafter.
I consider the advantages could be huge as a result of motorized automobiles are essential technique of transportation for individuals and cargo. As it's now, we're shoppers slightly than contributors within the automotive trade and with the approaching of those programs we will have little enter to humanity with regard to analysis and improvement within the trade. Students would learn to construct and preserve motor automobiles however most significantly develop their capability to suppose and be revolutionary.
What sort of educational partnership do you could have with overseas universities?
Normally, you signal MoU on employees and college students change in addition to joint analysis. But our partnership with Chungnam University is on common analysis and the institution of a expertise park.
How do you cope with the big variety of candidates in your programmes?
It has been an enormous problem as a result of no college has the capability to accommodate all its candidates regardless of the necessity for us to supply entry to high quality training. You would have between 15,000 and 20,000 candidates yearly however you'll be able to solely admit 4,000 college students. We really feel so unhealthy as a result of we actually wish to give a lot entry to individuals however we're restricted by the quota which we can't exceed. Each course has its personal student-teacher ratio and for programs that don’t want laboratories, it's between 30:1 and 35:1. For engineering and science programmes, the place you want labs, the ratio is between 15:1 and 20:1.
Many individuals mentioned in the present day’s graduates will not be employable. Why?
I don’t consider that, as a result of our work within the college is to provide common coaching and make college students artistic however it isn't attainable to show someone to suit into a particular job. Many employers are proud of Nigerian graduates. We have a pupil who graduated with a 3rd class diploma and has been in a position to construct a drone and did his youth service with the navy.
Unfortunately, we could not make use of him as a result of our situation of service doesn't enable us to make use of graduates with third class levels, and we regretted it as a result of we'd have held on to this man; he would have been an asset to us.
How do you retain peace throughout the college?
Promotion and upkeep of peace isn’t the work of the V-C alone, you must have individuals to help you and I've been fortunate. The council and the senate are very important in peace preserving as a result of the senate truly handles pupil points including self-discipline and award of levels. Also, the college relies on committee system; every part from entry, matriculation as much as commencement and convocation, has a committee. And that's the fantastic thing about the college; you'll be able to depend on a committee when you've got good individuals there. Other people who help to maintain peace within the college are the Dean of Student Affairs, Chairman of Security Committee and the Public Relations Unit; it's a collective effort.
We are literally fortunate as a result of our college students are well-behaved and engaged on a regular basis.