LAUTECH to LAU: NUC approves B.A. History, English Language 11 other courses for institution
In a bid to make the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, LAUTECH, Ogbomoso, fully a conventional university the National Universities Commission (NUC), has given approval for thirteen new courses in the institution on a full-time basis.
The approval was contained in a letter from the NUC dated March 14, 2022, addressed to the Vice-Chancellor and signed by Dr. Noel Biodun Salihu, Director of Academic Planning on behalf of the Executive Secretary of NUC.
The letter explained that it followed the resource verification visit that was carried out recently by panels of experts to some proposed academic programmes in the university.
It added that the effective date for the commencement of the programmes is 2021/2022 academic session.
The letter listed the new undergraduate courses to include B. Tech Fisheries and Aquaculture, BLIS Library and Information Science, B. Sc Sociology, B. A. English Language and Literary Studies, B. Sc. Hospitality and Tourism Management, and B.A. Philosophy.
The approval also included B. A. History; B. Tech. Forest Resource Management, B. Tech Wildlife and Ecotourism Management.
Other courses whose establishment also got the nod of NUC included: B. Tech Consumer and Home Economics; B. Tech. Estate Management; B. Tech. Survey and Geoinformatics as well as B. Tech. Building.
Commenting on the development, the Acting Vice-Chancellor, LAUTECH, Professor Mojeed Liasu, said it was a welcome development and one calling for encomium to be showered on the owner state under the able leadership of Governor ‘Seyi Makinde FNSE and the Governing Council under Professor Ayodeji Omole.
He said, “We do not intend to take this confidence for granted and we shall continue to play according to the laid down rules”.
It is recalled that the Oyo state government has taken steps to convert the 22 year-old institution from solely a technology into a conventional university with concomitant change in name while the amendment bill to the effect is already sailing through in the Oyo State House of Assembly.
The approval of the new courses including those in arts and social sciences by the NUC sure is a bold step in the direction even as several stakeholders including the alumni association are opposed to the proposed change in name from Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH) to Ladoke Akintola University (LAU)