Bayero University Kano, BUK – 8,875 graduands were conferred with first Degrees over three days from Tuesday, 19th to Thursday, 21st May, 2015 across all the faculties at the staggered 31st Convocation ceremonies for 2012/2013 and 2013/2014 academic sessions.
Bayero University had for the first time conferred the title of Professor Emeritus on five distinguished retired Professors of the university; they are Professor Ibrahim H. Umar, Professor Dandatti Abdulkadir, Professor Muhammad Sani Zahraddeen, Professor Emmanuel Ajayi Olofin and Professor Muhammad Munzali Jibril, the Vice Chancellor, Abubakar Adamu Rasheed has disclosed.
Speaking on Saturday, 23rd May, 2015 during the 31st Convocation ceremony for award of Higher Degrees, at the Convocation Arena, he said the university has also graduated 63 candidates with First Class Honours out of 8,875 candidates who have been awarded Bachelor’s degrees from 12 faculties while 5,049 graduated with higher degrees and postgraduate diplomas out of which 80 grandaunts have been awarded PhD degrees, 3,146 Master’s degrees and 1,824 Postgraduate Diplomas.
Professor Rasheed said Bayero University has come of age, as no one questions its standing as a leading teaching and research university in Nigeria, saying the university which started with ten students in 1964 today has 32,000 registered students pursuing undergraduate and postgraduate degree programmes.
He said all the degree programmes in the university have been accredited by the National Universities Commission and other relevant professional bodies, adding that the university had expanded programmes in all fields and presently it had applied to the NUC for permission to establish a Faculty of Pharmacy and School of Communication and Media Studies with effect from the next academic session.
He said the University Management has established a number of research centres to promote cutting edge research, noting that the Centre for Dryland Agriculture, the Centre for
of Mass Communications, Dr. Balarabe Maikaba said the Hausa Service of Voice of America that made the donation did so with the aim of seeking collaboration with the department in providing the platform for training of mass communication students.
He said 13 beneficiaries out of which 10 are students and along with 3 staff would participate in the initial training programme for 8 days beginning from Saturday, 30th May to 7 th June, 2015, adding that Professor Murtala Sabo Sagagi would present a Keynote address.
The three staff would after the training, train others.
Dr. Maikaba added that the department would formally write the Vice-Chancellor to seek approval to enable it go into collaboration with the Voice of America. He said incidentally the Head of the VOA Hausa Service is an alumnus of Bayero University that might make the collaboration effective and useful to both parties. The HOD was accompanied by the BUK FM Station Manager, Alhaji Salisu Rabiu.
Responding, the Vice-Chancellor represented by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Administration), Professor Sadiq Isah Radda, thanked the Hausa Service of the VOA for the gesture which he said would go a long way to aid the training of mass communication students.
He said the management was proud of the department for attracting such very important support and collaboration, and urged the department to make the best use of the equipment.
The equipment includes, two 330 Independent Avenue SW and 10 ipons.
African Entrepreneurship Research and Training, the Centre for Biotechnology Research, and the Centre for Qur’anic Studies are fully operational and are enhancing the reputational capital of the university.
The Vice Chancellor said the university was lucky to access sizable funds, grants and allocations from TETFund, Needs Assessment and other sources, which enabled the fruition of ambitious but carefully designed plans to transform the university.
He commended the contributions of the Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi II, the Governor of Kano State, Engineer Rabi’u Musa Kwankwaso, contributing bodies and individuals whose efforts helped the development of the university.