By Olubusuyi Adenipekun
The results of the accreditation exercise conducted by the National Universities Commission (NUC), has placed Bells University of Technology, Ota on a high pedestal among public and private universities in the country, with the Vice Chancellor of the institution, Professor Isaac Adeyemi describing the success of the university in the NUCâ€™s assessment exercise as one of the giant strides made by the institution.
According to the vice chancellor, the university recorded full accreditation in the following programmes: Microbiology 89.8%, Biochemistry 89.6%, Industrial Chemistry 88.6%, Physics with Electronics 88.5, Food Technology 89.4, Biotechnology 80% and Computer Science 76.8.
The result of the accreditation exercise conducted for Information Technology in December last year is being awaited by the university.
The impressive performance of the private university in the NUC accreditation exercise is a big boost to the newly admitted students of the College of Engineering and the College of Environmental Sciences, the new two colleges which just came into existence in the institution.
The vice chancellor made these disclosures during the 5th matriculation ceremony of the university which held last Saturday. He said that the achievements recorded so far by the university were made possible by the fact that academic courses are well mapped out and designed to meet international standards and to widen studentsâ€™ horizons.
Addressing the new intakes, he said: â€œThere are well-meaning and well-trained lecturers who are always available to help you in your academic pursuits as well as other areas affecting your personal development. There exists many extracurricular activities that are designed to help you build your character and offer personal satisfaction as individuals.
There is also an atmosphere of friendship in the university to the extent that you need not feel overwhelmed or afraid of the environment. The university provides you with helping hand always since our mission is to train you and help you contribute meaningfully to society.â€
According to him, education means acquiring the intellectual capital needed for effective living, explaining that this is the reason why the curriculum has been designed to help students learn across disciplines.
The vice chancellor, who admonished the students to dress properly and work assiduously towards achieving their aims by devising a sense of responsibility, took time to intimate the new students with their responsibilities as members of the university community.
His words: â€œYou must know that the university does not prepare you for the real world as people often say. The university is the real world. It is the place where you meet all kinds of people – good people, people whom you admire and who will change your life for the better; and, bad people, people who will deceive you or disappoint you.
University is the place where you learn to succeed with honour, where you strive to earn the coveted As and Bs while still helping your classmates both in class and outside the class.
â€œUniversity is the place where you learn to fail with dignity when you do not get the required marks or do not get a job after school despite years of hard work. University is the place where you learn that you have to believe in yourself first before anyone else will. It is also the place where you learn modesty because there is always someone smarter than you. But most importantly, university is where you learn the survival strategies.â€
Prof Adeyemi advised against the temptation of joining cult groups. â€œYou must avoid distractions. The Nigerian youths are under pressure from their peer groups to join cults or start cultism within the university system. They admonish themselves that cultism will make you strong and productive. This is certainly far from the truth. Such mentalities stem from a myopic view of reality and leads to self destruction.â€
But he assured all that the institution is interested in promoting healthy social relationship within the student populace, a desire which led to the approval of a number of societies and clubs such as Man-O-War, Red Cross Society, Health Advocates Club, Technological Historical Society, Bells Tech Troupe, College Professional Associations and so on, adding that Bells University Studentsâ€™ Association will also be inaugurated as soon as elections are held.
On the promotion of scholarship and academic performance of students, the vice chancellor disclosed that each student from the six colleges of the institution that has a Grade Point Average of 5.5 and above (First Class) at the end of each session will be awarded the university scholarship, adding that management will continue to improve on admission process.