By Daud Olatunji
VICE CHANCELLOR of Bells University of Technology, Ota, Ogun State, Prof. Oludele Oyediran has said that 28 post graduate and 334 undergraduate students would be graduating at the forthcoming eighth convocation slated for the first week of November.
Oyediran who stated this while briefing newsmen said the 362 graduands cut across four colleges – College of Natural and Applied Sciences, College of Management Sciences, College of Environmental Sciences and College of Engineering.
He however, said, the institution would not be giving honorary degree awards to anyone this academic session.
According to him, the institution has set in motion the process of implementing a conversion programme to avail Higher National Diploma holders who have been affected by the B.Sc/HND dichotomy to upgrade their certificates to B.Sc degree status.
The VC, however, urged the Federal Government to invest in agricultural technology and agricultural engineering to make the country self-sufficient in food production, and reduce dependence on oil.
He argued that until there was a policy thrust that would put agricultural technology and engineering in the front burner, as done in India and the United States of America, the country would only be scratching the issue of agriculture on the surface.
According to him, as part of efforts to actualise food sufficiency, the institution has concluded plans to establish Centre for Agricultural Technology.
Prof. Ojediran who advocated the ‘town and gown’ relationship said researchers must also continue to evolve technology and solutions that could move the society forward.