By Olubusuyi Adenipekun
The recently introduced National Universities Commission Data Base (NUCDB), which is meant to provide an online information system for the storage and retrieval of valuable data, has been wholeheartedly embraced by some universities in the country.
This project has succeeded in addressing the issue of inadequate information and poor data management in these institutions.
Conceived by NUC in partnership with GUCCI-CHISÂ the NUCDB project has taken off fully at the University of Uyo, University of Lagos, University of Calabar and the Federal University of Technology, Owerri, with Delta State University, Abraka, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria; University of Nigeria, Nsukka and Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Orka already set to embrace the new NUC Database system.
During the public presentation of theÂ system, the Executive Secretary of NUC, Prof. Julius Okogie said the project, which was conceived essentially as a public-private partnership, will provide among other things, full studentsâ€™Â biodata and course registration, management of minimum and maximum course unit per student, dynamic inclusion of carry-over courses on registration and maintenance of a live online results system.
Okogie added that the system will assist those who graduated 25 years back to check their entire academicÂ records online, explaining further that their universities will be able to forwardÂ transcripts not later than three days onÂ request.
In addition, the biometrics data of current university students will be captured in line with global practices. The database, says Okogie, will also assist NUC to enforce some ofÂ its regulations on standards, such as carrying capacity, accreditation, programme audit and staff audit, adding that it will enable students to check their results online immediately after every examination.
The university community willÂ also availÂ itself of the NUCDBâ€™s numerous benefits as it not only caters for students but also academic staffÂ and university administrators and it also as well provides online access to a virtualÂ library of international books and journals as subscribed to by the NUC.
According to the project consultant, Hon. Paul AdingwupuÂ theÂ data from each university will be replicated by the NUCÂ headquarters to provide a centralised storage bank for all university data, adding that the project has been equipped with 1mbps satellite communication, aÂ high capacity database server, an internet access server for the NUCDB Portal and more than 40 HP compaq laptops to ensure the smooth operation of data gathering and data collation.
Speaking further on the numerous benefits of the innovation, Adingwupu said that parents and prospective students will be able to compare performance in certain courses across different universities from a single reliable online source.
He explained that NUCDB guarantees complete elimination of problems associated with over admission and over population in the nationâ€™s universities as it will also enhance proper monitoring and supervision ofÂ each university due to communication link provided by this initiative, helping to ensure that bonafide graduates fromÂ recongised universities can serve in the mandatory one year NYSC scheme.
After the project officially kicked off,Â live registration of students in universities that embraced the system commenced and they can now access their university NUCDB portal by visiting www.nucdb.com.
At the University of Lagos where the database system is in operation, biodata and academic records of its undergraduates and postgraduate students from 1989 to date have already been transferred to the database. Also, at the University of Calabar and Federal University of Technology, Owerri, information on students, lecturers, administrators and other members of staff has already been fed into the newly deployed NUCDB system.
With the employment of this system, some of the nationâ€™sÂ universities have joined the comity of top class universities around the world.