Vice Chancellor of Plateau State University (PLASU), Prof Yohana Izam, says the university will commission four new faculties in addition to four existing ones.
Izam disclosed this on Thursday when he led the university’s management team on a courtesy visit to the Industrial Training Fund (ITF) headquarters in Jos.
He said the provision of the faculties was part of efforts to expand the university and ensure it provided quality and accessible education.
“We have an ambition to increase our faculties from four to eight in the next two years. This is in addition to the faculties of social sciences, arts, natural science and management studies.
“We have commenced the execution of projects for the establishment of the school of medical science which has reached advanced stage.
“The faculties of law and environmental sciences will be commissioned in a couple of months, while the faculty of agriculture would start operation before the end of next year, “he said.
He said the visit was to extend areas of partnership with ITF through its Nigeria Employers Consultative Association (NECA) to enable it to implement entrepreneurial education, a mandatory requirement for every graduate.
The vice chancellor said students of the institution had shown interest in learning skills necessary to achieve functional education which would reduce dependence on paper qualifications.
‘`We want to be a participating organisation in the NECA intervention skills programme with ITF. We have strong interest in Information Communication Technology (ICT), culinary, tailoring, welding and fabrication skills.
“We are deficient of manpower and equipment to empower our students with these skills and we believe partnership with ITF would help in addressing that, “he said.
The Director-General of ITF, Mr Joseph Ari, said the university’s request would be considered at the Fund’s policy board meeting scheduled to take place on Nov. 6.
He said 24 public and private organisations were participating in ITF’s technical development scheme with NECA to empower Nigerians with requisite skills in construction, ICT, oil and gas, transportation and other services.
He said the fund would launch its e-library and auditorium in November at its headquarters in Jos, and would complete work on its Institute of Hospitality and Tourism in Lagos in December (NAN)
Edited by Abdullahi Yusufhttps://nnn.ng/plateau-state-university/