It is no longer news that the story of Abia State University has really changed, as the inspirational leadership of the Ebullient Vice-Chancellor, Distinguished Professor E. Uche Ikonne has positively impacted on all facets of the University. One of the specialized areas of change include the Postgraduate Programme.
It is generally believed that institutions with high intensity of research students are more knowledge-intensive and that the presence of an active Postgraduate Community is a marker of a research led teaching environment valued by Undergraduates and Postgraduates alike.
Unfortunately, on assumption of office, “The Apostle of our story must change” and Vice-Chancellor, Professor E. Uche Ikonne noted with dismay the relative low enrollment of doctoral and other PG Students due to perhaps, fiscal constraints and man-made obstacles from faculty in terms of unnecessary delays and demands for supervision and internal defense. The Vice-Chancellor envisaged a vibrant and accessible PG Programme from each department monitored closely by the School of Postgraduate studies. The PG School will be required to give periodic reports to the Senate on the state of Postgraduate Programmes. The Senate will on the advice of the PG Board adopt a specific time lag for completion of any PG Programme unless it is the choice of the student to stay longer and in such case, there will be no grudges in paying the extra school fees as long as the programme lasts. As an incentive, the VC promised to institute a reward system of quality and volume of doctoral graduates as will be recommended by a Senate Commitee on Doctoral theses Assessment.
Today, the story has change; ABSU PG Programme is the place to be and one of the highest sought after PG Programmes In Nigeria.
🔸 ABSU PG Programme has been regularized.🔸 PG Students graduate as appropriate, no more undue delays.🔸 Automation of Admission exercise.🔸 Clearance of backlog of students awaiting completion of programme.🔸 Construction of new PG Hostel.🔸 Town hall meetings with PG Students.🔸 Online transmission of Academic transcripts Etc.
The Vice-Chancellor Professor E. Uche Ikonne; Chairman, PG Monitoring Board, Professor C.I Ogbonnaya; Dean, School of PG, Professor Emma Ngumoha, have truly acquitted themselves. Congratulations.