POSTGRADUATE PROSPECTUS FOREWORD
TheSchoolofPostgraduate Studiesis the traditional flagship of research activities and the melting pot of scientific and technological ideas, especially in aUniversityofTechnology. Therefore, the need for an accurate and up-to-date compendium on the curricula and management of Postgraduate Training and Research requires little emphasis.
At the inception of the School of Postgraduate Studies, the demands of the time may have been such that did not see the provision of a Prospectus as a priority need. However, with increasing student enrolment, the rising interest in our Postgraduate Programmes coupled with the emerging global trends towards market-driven educational system, the production and availability of a Prospectus on our Postgraduate Studies has become, not only imperative, but indeed long overdue.
It is therefore gratifying, that this effort which has been in gestation in the last couple of months has come to fruition in the form of a well-packaged maiden edition of Postgraduate Prospectus. With this publication, prospective students will be well informed of the options open to them and be guided in their choice of courses and fields of specialization. Indeed, the merger into a single volume of the Regulations Governing Higher Degrees and Diplomas, the Curricula, list of Postgraduate teaching staff, Guidelines for the Preparation and Submission of Theses and the conduct of Theses Defence will ensure that postgraduate students and indeed the operators of postgraduate programmes can no longer feign ignorance of the regulations and curricula of their respective programmes. This would certainly facilitate not only the work of Senate and Board of Postgraduate Studies but, indeed, other organs of the University charged with management of Postgraduate Training and Research.
Should the prospective students, members of staff and, indeed, general readers find this Prospectus informative, then it would have achieved its objectives, as I am certain it will.
Professor M. Balogun, FFSON
The Federal University of Technology, Akure.
It is the Vision of the School of Postgraduate Studies, The Federal University of Technology, Akure, to be a top flight Graduate School with local and international acclaim through its conduct and management of Postgraduate Training and Research.
To develop and run graduate programmes that are strong, current, sharply focused and yet, robust enough to be responsive to the changing needs, and demands for Science and Technology as the bedrock for the rapid socio- economic transformation of the society.
World-wide, most of the celebrated scientific, engineering and technological landmarks, discoveries/innovations are products of postgraduate research enquiries. The role of postgraduate Training and Research, especially in Science and Technology, for the rapid socio-economic transformation of societies has become more glaring. For example, with globalization, the rapid advances of countries in social, political or economic domains have become knowledge-based, private sector-led, science and technology-driven and government-facilitated via appropriate policy instruments. These imperatives have largely informed the restructuring /re-engineering of theSchoolofPostgraduate Studiesin the last couple of months to ensure more relevance and efficiency in graduate training and research. The restructuring process has, among others, taken the form of reconstitution of the Board to accommodate wider representation of the various disciplines, the setting up of Sub-Committees on Admissions, Registration & Calendar; Examination & Records; Research & Publications; Finance & Grants; Fellowships, Linkages/Academic Exchange and; Endowment/Development. The activities of these various Sub-Committees of the Board are coordinated by the Dean with the assistance of the Sub-Dean and the Secretary,SchoolofPostgraduate Studies. Other innovations include University-wide, Postgraduate Lecture/Seminar series, the OPEN Ph. D Thesis Defence, and curricula review to conform with new and emerging trends and challenges in the realms of Science and Technology.
In 1986, the Senate of The Federal University of Technology, Akure endorsed the establishment of the Board of Postgraduate Studies which metamorphosed into theSchoolofPostgraduate Studiesin 1994. Ever since, it has been fulfilling its goal of developing high-level skilled man-power for the country and consolidating and building upon the solid intellectual and technological foundations which the undergraduate courses in the University have been carefully designed to achieve. Before now, there had not been a Prospectus on the postgraduate programmes. Rather, what had been in use is a Hand Book of Regulations Governing Postgraduate Studies. Perhaps at the early stages of the development of the School, the pamphlet containing the regulations largely met the needs of the times. However, with increasing enrolment of students and the introduction of new programmes, the need for a prospectus to ensure better compliance with the regulations and approved curricula on the part of staff and students is not only over due, but has become compelling.
This maiden edition of the Prospectus has been packaged to provide up-to-date information on, among others, regulations, management and curricula of the available programmes at Postgraduate Diploma (PGD), Master of Technology (M. Tech.), Master of Engineering Technology (M. Eng.), Master of Agricultural Technology (M. Agric. Tech.) and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph. D) levels, respectively. It also lists the Postgraduate teaching staff with their areas of specialization on departmental basis. The edition similarly contains the Guidelines for the Preparation and Submission of Theses, Dissertations and Project Reports for Higher Degrees. The modalities for the conduct of the OPEN Ph. D Thesis Defense is similarly presented.
Like in every human endeavour, the most consistent feature is change itself. This implies that even as this document is being published, some of the features may already be in the process of being changed to conform with exigencies. I am convinced that the succeeding leadership of the School will, in the months and years ahead, incorporates such changes and improve upon this maiden edition.
I should like to acknowledge, with thanks, the deep sense of commitment of the entire membership of the Board, and members of staff of theSchoolofPostgraduate Studiesin ensuring the operationalization of the ongoing reform programmes in the School. The input of the Academic Planning Sub-Committee in the Curricula review process is also deeply acknowledged.
Finally, let me on behalf of the Board and members of staff of the School, extend our gratitude to the Vice-Chancellor – Professor Peter M. Balogun, whose leadership qualities, interest and support have been inspirational to our efforts at theSchoolofPostgraduate Studies.
Professor O. Arayela
Dean, School of Postgraduate Studies.
VISITOR AND PRINCIPAL OFFICERS OF THE UNIVERSITY
Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, GCFR
President and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria
H. R. H. Alhaji (Dr.) Isa Mustafa, CON, AGWAI I, EMIR OF LAFIA
Maj. Gen (rtd) Raji Rasaki
Prof. A. M. Balogun, ffsn
DEPUTY VICE-CHANCELLOR (ACADEMICS)
Prof. Z. A. Adeyewa
DEPUTY VICE-CHANCELLOR (DEVELOPMENT)
Prof. J. A. Fadamiro
Dr. (Mrs.) M. O. Ajayi
Mr. R. A. Aladetimi
Dr. F. Z. Oguntuase
STAFF OF THE SCHOOL POSTGRADUATE OF STUDIES
Name Designation Status
Prof. M. A. K. Smith Dean Professor
Dr. G. Oboh Sub-Dean Senior Lecturer
Mr. D. A. Adeyemo Secretary Principal Assistant Registrar
Ms. C. B. Mogaji Exam. & Record Officer Senior Assistant Registrar
Mrs. C.A. Opayinka System Analyst Principal Programmer
Mrs. J. N. Oserome Administrative Officer Assistant Registrar
Mr. B. I. C. Chukwuma Confidential Secretary Principal Confidential Secretary II
( Dean’s Office)
Mrs. O. C. Oladeji Conf. Secretary Senior Confidential Secretary
Mr. Z.O. Oyeleke Typist (General Office) Senior Secretary Assistant I
Mr. G. A. Esanmbo Clerk Assistant Chief Clerical Officer
Mrs. C.T. Adubuola Clerk Assistant Chief Clerical Officer
Mr. A. T. Alamu Data Entry Clerk Senior Computer Operator
Mrs. E.F. Akinsipe Clerk Clerical Officer
Mr. T. J. Adekugbe Clerk Clerical Assistant
Mrs. A. Kolawole Office Attendant Senior Office Attendant
Mrs. S.A. Adebayo Office Attendant Senior Office Attendant
Mr. Fasakin Busayo Driver Motor Driver II
Postal Address SchoolofPostgraduateStudies
P.M.B. 704, Akure,
Telephone ++234 – (0)34 -
FORMER DEANS OF THE SCHOOL OF POSTGRADUATE STUDIES
Prof. G.O. Iremiren Jan, 1993 - Sept, 1995
Prof. T.A. Afolayan Oct, 1995 - June, 1998
Prof. T.O.S. Kadeba Aug, 1998 - Feb, 2004
Prof. V. A. Aletor Mar 2004 – Jun, 2008
Prof. O. Arayela Jul, 2008 – Jul, 2010
1.0 BACKGROUND OF THESCHOOLOFPOSTGRADUATESTUDIES
The Federal Universities of Technology were set up to give prominence to technological training and provide the much required impetus for rapid technological and industrial development.
Their primary objectives are to:
(i) develop and offer academic and professional programmes leading to the award of certificates, diplomas, first degrees, postgraduate and higher degrees which emphasize planning, adaptive, technical, maintenance, development, horizontal, and productive skills in the engineering, scientific, agricultural, environmental, management, medical and allied professional disciplines;
(ii) act as agents and catalysts, through postgraduate research and training for the most efficient, effective and economic utilization, exploitation and conservation, of the country’s natural, economic and human resources;
(iii) offer to the general population, as a form of public services the results of research and foster the practical applications of these results;
(iv) identify technological problems and needs of the society relevant to the immediate localities of the University and solve them within the context of national needs;
(v) provide and promote sound basic scientific training reflecting indigenous culture and enhancing national unity, while at the same time ensuring the production of socially matured citizens.
In pursuance of these objectives and in recognition of the need for interdisciplinary approach to the solution of most practical problems and the application of science and technology to development, the Federal University of Technology, Akure has adopted the school (as opposed to the FACULTY) as the basic unit, thus endorsing the concept of a SCHOOL as a fully integrated unit of a group of related subjects or disciplines which have a common academic interest in teaching and research.
The School of Postgraduate Studies
As part of its Vision andMissionin terms of the development of high-level skilled manpower for the Country, Council of the Federal University of Technology, Akure approved the establishment of the Board of Postgraduate Studies in 1986 which metamorphosed intoSchoolofPostgraduate Studiesin 1994.
In pursuance of the primary objective of the Federal Government for the establishment of the Universities of Technology, the Postgraduate Programmes of the Federal University of Technology, Akure are intended to consolidate and build upon the solid intellectual and technological foundations which the undergraduate courses in the University have been most carefully designed to achieve.
The need for purposeful and functional education, which fosters technology for self-reliance, as an antidote to under-development, is the underlying principle for the design of specific Postgraduate Programmes in the various Schools of the University. The mission of thePostgraduateSchoolincludes the development and offering of academic and professional programmes leading to the award of postgraduate diplomas and higher degrees which emphasize planning, adaptive and productive skills in the engineering, scientific, agricultural, environmental and allied professional disciplines.
Within the context of these general objectives therefore, graduate students of the Federal University of Technology, Akure, are trained to:
(i) have a very sound and in-depth knowledge of the basic principles underlying the body of knowledge they are being trained to master;
(ii) develop a broad analytical mind that would enhance major intellectual and technological breakthroughs to improve the lot of man and the society;
(iii) be adequately versed in their discipline, and be competent to impart the knowledge to others in a conducive academic environment to ensure the continued existence of the system.
To facilitate the attainment of these objectives, the University through the Board of theSchoolofPostgraduate Studies:
(a) provides facilities for training and research for those whose future careers will be teaching and research at tertiary institutions; and for those who may have to operate in research and development situations in the public or private sectors and
(b) provides both short and long-term training facilities aimed at improving and upgrading intellectual and cultural bases of high-level human resources that are indispensable for economic and national development.
2.0 BOARD OF THE SCHOOL OF POSTGRADUATE STUDIES
Prof. A. M. Balogun - Vice-Chancellor
Prof. M.A. K. Smith - Dean, SPGS/Chairman
Dr. O. Oboh - Sub-Dean
Dr. F. Z. Oguntuase - University Librarian
Prof. L. Lajide - Director, CCE
Prof. V. A. Aletor - Director, Centre for Research and Development
Dr. Adewale - Ag. Director, Computer Resource Centre
Prof. J.A. Adekoya - Chairman, Academic, Planning Committee
Prof. O. A. Olusoji-Bello - Chairman, PG Advisory Committee,SAAT
Prof.S.A.Ola - Chairman, PG Advisory Committee, SEET
Dr. T. L. Akinbogun - Chairman, PG Advisory Committee, SET
Dr. Y. A. Asiwaju-Bello - Chairman, PG Advisory Committee, SMES
Prof. J. O. Ajele - Chairman, PG Advisory Committee,SOS
Mr. D. A. Adeyemo - PAR and Secretary, SPGS
Ms. C.B. Mogaji - SAR, SPGS
Mrs. J. N. Oserome - SAR, SPGS
2.1 Functions of the Board
The Board of theSchoolofPostgraduate Studies, which meets on the 1st Thursday of every month on behalf of Senate performs the following functions:
(i) receives and recommends to Senate, submissions from Schools on admission, registration, fields of study, research proposals, nomination of supervisors and appointment of internal and external examiners;
(ii) makes recommendations to Senate on candidates for the award of higher degrees, postgraduate diplomas and certificates;
(iii) examines postgraduate curricula and examination programmes submitted by Departments through the School Postgraduate Advisory Committees and makes recommendations to Senate;
(iv) receives each student’s progress reports for the purpose of monitoring the student’s performance ;
(v) interprets and operates postgraduate regulations and prepare an annual report of its work to Senate approval;
(vi) prepares and operates a budget necessary for executing the functions of the School, paying particular attention to fellowships, scholarships, visiting Lectureships and postgraduate programmes, and coordinates budgets for Postgraduate Studies from the Schools;
(vii) recommends periodically to Senate, a comprehensive review of general regulations, progress and development of Postgraduate Studies;
(viii) takes and considers all results in respect of all programmes being run by the Schools and make appropriate recommendations to Senate;
(ix) considers and recommends applications for admission and extension of studentship to Senate for approval;
(x) keeps up-to-date records of all registered Postgraduate students and;
(xi) performs any other responsibilities Senate may delegate to the School from time to time.