About KUST Wudil

PROLOGUE: With the creation of Kano State in 1967 from the then Northern Nigerian Region, and 5 years after the inception of the required Government administrative machinery in 1968, under the leadership of the first State Military Governor, late Commissioner of Police, Alhaji Audu Bako, the pioneer process to establish a state – owned University in Kano began in 1973. A Committee on Higher Education was appointed in 1973 under the Chairmanship of late Justice Sani Aikawa, the former Solicitor General of the State. It is pertinent to note that one of the Terms of Reference of the Aikawa Committee was to advise the State Government on how best to ensure sound and practicably. useful tertiary Education to develop the potentials of the State’s citizenry bearing in mind the fervent desire to cater for the State and National manpower requirements. The Committee, in its report, recommended, among others, that special and prominent priority be given to Higher Education, including a University, in order to enhance rapid and sustainable socio- economic and political development of the State. It is evident, therefore that the initial urge for the creation of a State University in Kano has been a long-nursed aspiration traced to a period of about 30 years for which several conceived plans have been executed and concerted efforts made by different Government regimes, and a host of Experts, towards the realization of the outlined Objectives of the Project. Nevertheless, even though the past attempts have been relatively strong and persistent at certain stages of the evolutionary period of the University, the envisaged and desired yields remain to be far-fetched at several instances up to 1988 when Government Policies were carefully examined and renewed and implementation efforts were intensified with a view to actualizing the noble cause of the University. From 1989 –1991. The project witnessed more priority attention of the State Government. Even though this period experienced tremendous inputs of selected teams of Experts, drawn from various spheres of human endeavour, to provide the necessary groundwork of and the required human and material resources for the smooth take-off of the institution, only little success was recorded. However, in February, 2000, after the inception of the then political dispensation in 1999, under the auspices of His Excellency, the former Executive Governor of the State, Dr. Rabi`u Musa Kwankwaso, the established idea of creating the University re-emerged under a 13-month effective framework and articulated strategic implementation activities which, in the final analysis, saw the successful take-off of the University in April, 2001. 2. CONTENT: 2.1 . HISTORICAL ADVANCEMENT: The major process of establishing Kano University of Technology Wudil (KUT) started in 1988 when Kano State Government set up a Task Force Committee under the Chairmanship of Professor Ibrahim H. Umar, the erstwhile Vice-Chancellor of Bayero University, Kano. The Task force Committee submitted Report in February, 1989, recommending the establishment of the University at Bagauda Lake Hotel, about 50 Kilometers south of Kano. Subsequent to the report, the Kano State Government set up a Technical Committee to study, in detail, the Report of the Task Force Committee. The Technical Committee was inaugurated in July, 1989 and was chaired by Alhaji Abdulkarim Hassan, the then Director, Schools Management in the Kano State Ministry of Education, the present Secretary to the State Government. As a result of the Report of the Technical Committee and with the Minimum Academic Standards of the National Universities Commission (NUC) being met, the State Government applied for approval in 1991 to establish the University. The Honorable Minister of Education, in a letter reference SU/94/1/12 of 17th December, 1991, granted the approval for the establishment of the University. An Edict was signed into law by the then Kano State Military Governor, Colonel Idris Garba, in 1991 establishing the University. Consequent upon this, an eleven (11)-member Implementation Committee, under the Chairmanship of Professor Ibrahim H. Umar, was appointed and assigned the responsibility of preparing grounds for the smooth take-off of the University in October, 1991. On 27th December, 1991, a Governing Council, consisting of eight (8) members, with Alhaji Hafiz S. Wali as Chairman and Pro-Chancellor, was appointed by the then Military Government to take charge of the affairs of the University. Alhaji Abdulkarim Hassan was also appointed as Registrar of the University. The tenure of the Council was short-lived because of a change in administration in the State. However, after a short period of inactivity in the University, the Pro-Chancellor was appointed Protem Vice- Chancellor and a new Governing Council was constituted in February, 1993. The new Council carried out various activities for the take-off of the University up to March, 1995. The Kano State Government, in a letter No. INSP/SP/V.1/235 of 24th March, 1995, decided to suspend further development on the University due to paucity of funds for the take-off of the project. A planning Unit was, however, established in the Kano State Ministry of Education to take custody of all documents relating to the University and to serve as a bridge for the continuity of the project once State finances improved. In January, 2000, a Committee on the revival of the University project was set up by the Kano State Executive Council, under the chairman of His Excellency, Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, the former Deputy Governor of Kano State. The Committee submitted a report to the Executive Council recommending the immediate reactivation of the project. The Kano State Executive Council accepted the recommendation. Subsequently, His Excellency, the former Executive Governor of the State, Dr. Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso, appointed another 11-member Implementation Committee, under the Chairmanship of the then Dean, Faculty of Technology, Bayero University, Kano, Professor Umar Garba Danbatta, the then Ag.Vice-Chancellor of the University (KUST). The Implementation Committee was inaugurated on 15th February, 2000 and given the responsibility of realizing the take-off of the University by the 2000/2001 academic year commencing in October, 2000. Consequent upon the 13-month effective and articulated activities of the Implementation Committee, the University took off successfully in April, 2001. 2.2 MISSION, PHILOSOPHY, AIMS AND OBJECTIVES AND RELEVANCE: 2.2.1. Mission Statement: The Mission of Kano University of Technology, Wudil is to provide the highest possible quality academic and professional training aimed at producing graduates that can function in, and creatively adapt to, the challenges of a fast-changing society in an increasingly-complex and gender-conscious world. 2.2.2. Philosophy: The guiding philosophy of Kano University of Science and Technology, Wudil shall be the provision of community-based education that will facilitate the production of graduates who shall fulfill the stipulated requirements in learning and character to graduate in their various fields of specialization. The graduates shall also be groomed in such a manner that they will be able to effectively function in the Community. Programmes of study will be student-centred and faculty-based with inter-departmental and inter-faculty inputs where necessary. At the end of studies, the KUT graduates would have acquired sufficient knowledge, skills and attitudes to be able to:- (i) Practice the profession for which training was obtained in any urban or rural setting. (ii) Perform professional service within the concept of the needs and requirements of the community. (iii) Develop personal characteristics required of a professional in the relevant field of training. (iv) Undertake postgraduate or continuous education in any chosen area of study specially in the field of training. 2.2.3. Aims and Objectives: Pursuant to the philosophy outlined above, the Aims and Objectives of Kano University of Science and Technology, Wudil shall be:- (i) To encourage the advancement of learning and to hold out to all persons the opportunity of acquiring higher and liberal education regardless of gender, social origin or income. (ii) To provide course of instruction and facilities for the pursuit of learning in all its branches, within the context of the society, and make these facilities available, in proper terms, to such persons as are qualified and equipped to benefit from them. (iii) To encourage and promote scholarship and conduct research in all fields of learning and human endeavours which will provide sound training reflecting indigenous culture. (iv) To undertake, through innovative educational programmes, such activities that will produce the specific manpower needs essential for the economic and technical development of Kano State in particular and Nigeria in general. (v) To act as agent and catalyst, through research, training and consultancy services, for an efficient and effective economic utilization, exploitation and conservation of the State’s natural economic and human resources. (vi) To undertake any other action appropriate by law for a University of the highest standard. 2.2.4. Relevance: The Relevance of Kano University of Science and Technology, Wudil is derived from the need to produce professionals who are responsive to the needs of a changing Nigerian society. The status of Kano state as a highly-industrialized State, coupled with the immense agricultural viability of the state and its neighbors makes it imperative to train quality manpower for the full exploitation of the potentials of the area. In the new millennium, Kano must endeavor to join the world in properly placing Science and Technology in their central role for development. An efficient and well-trained crop of professional, capable of maximum exploitation of the immense economic and human resources that abound in the State, through innovation and adaptation, will facilitate the ability of Kano State to contribute to the development of its Community in particular and Nigeria in general. 2.2.5 Strategy for achieving the Aims and Objectives: To achieve the stated Aims and Objectives, Kano University of Science and Technology, Wudil shall introduce and develop academic programmes in a well\-thought out and carefully-phased manner consistent with available resources and the needs of its stakeholders. The University shall have to ensure that the highest quality is maintained in the provision and management of human and material resources. The University shall establish affiliations and linkages with other Universities and Organizations that have similar orientation within and outside Nigeria. Essentially, the University shall regard excellence, promotion of gender equality, transparency and efficiency as its watch words to ensure resounding success in all outlined endeavours. 2.3. ACHIEVEMENTS (1) Enhancing the pioneer take off: The University despite possible shortcomings has been able to enhance its pioneer, take from 2001 to date. The University structures as well as human and material resources are being successfully managed based on the stipulated regulations and the minimum academic standards of the National Universities Commission (NUC) thereby achieving the desired results especially in the following areas (a) Correction and rehabilitation of infrastructural facilities (b) Staff recruitment (c) Specialized programmes mounted (d) Conduct and consistent student admissions (e) Staff Development (f) Ensuring standardized, peaceful academic activities. (2) Meeting the NUC Accreditation Requirements: The University has worked very hard to meet the National Universities Commission (NUC) Accreditation requirements in respect of our six (6) pioneer Programmes, out of fourteen (14), which have matured for the exercise by making sound preparations to ensure the provision of the following required resources: (a) Infrastructure (b) Teaching and Research Facilities (c) Teaching and Research Equipment (d) Academic and Non academic staff (3) Achieving Quality Assurance: As a young and growing institution, the University has made it a duty unto itself to strive hard enough to ensure the required Quality Assurance in all the academic Programmes pursued in its four (4) Faculties. In fact, all of these thirteen (13) Academic Programmes in Science-based areas, under reference, have recently been visited and accredited with 100% FULL ACCREDITATION STATUS during the last November, 2007 NUC Accreditation Exercise, and it is always our prayers that we colorfully continue to succeed,, God willing. (4) STAFF DEVELOPMENT: (a) Ph.D Foreign Fellowship: The following Staff were offered Ph.D Foreign Fellowship and three of them have already concluded and assume duty:- i. Aminu Ahmed (returned home) ix. Ibrahim Abdullahi ii. Abdullahi Nuhu (returned home) x. Dahiru Garba Diso iii. Abdullahi Mustapha (returned home) xi. Sani Ibrahim Zimit iv. Bello Yunusa Makama xii. Ado Mukhtar Bichi (returned home) v. Abdullhadi Aminu xiii. Yusuf Bala Daraja (returned home) vi. Sani Muhammad Yahaya xiv. Balarabe Usman Getso vii. Abubakar Muhammed Bashir xv. Babawuro Usman viii. Balarabe Sarki Sagagi (b) Local Study Fellowship: There are so many Academic Staff who were offered Local Study Fellowship and a number of them have completed their studies of PH.D and Masters Degree Programmes. (5) University Master plan and infrastructure: Developed and enhanced. Institutional Particulars: 1. NAME: Kano University of Science and Technology, Wudil (KUST) 2. DATE INCORPORATED: 17th December, 1991 3. DATE FOUNDED: 3rd April, 2001 4. ADDRESS: P.M.B. 3244 Kano. Kano State. Nigeria 5. TELEPHONE: 064-241149 064-241171, 064-241304 (Internet)064-241175 7. LOCATION:The University is located in Wudil town, along Maiduguri/Gaya Road, through the Eastern By Pass at a distance of 39 Km away from Kano City, the Capital of Kano State (12º 37`N, 9º 29E, 9º 33`S and 7º 34`W) of the old famous Northern Nigerian Region. Kano State covered an area of 20760 sq km and has a very highly population density predominantly comprising Hausa and Fulani tribes. The State, since ancestral centuries, has been recognized as a great citadel of learning and popular Centre of Commerce characterized by rich indigenous cultural heritage and viable agriculture. Vice – Chancellor - Professor Ibrahim Garba 3. EPILOGUE: In all modesty, it is to be stressed that the University is, though very young at the instance of writing this Profile, committed to achieving the set out Mission, Philosophy, Aims and Objectives and Relevance with the purposeful desire to assert its appropriate position as a popular academic environment geared towards providing the manpower requirements, particularly in Higher Education, of the State and the Nation thereby serving humanity.