The Kaduna State University (KASU) plans to increase its admission quota as part of effort to give more qualified candidates the opportunity to access admission into the University.
Dr. Yusha’u Ango, KASU Director of Academic Planning, disclosed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Kaduna on Thursday.
“We are working with National Universities Commission (NUC) to see how the number of can be increased, because so far NUC has fully accredited all our programmes,”he said. He noted that the institution is the second most sought state owned university despite the fact that it has capacity to admit only 10 per cent of 30 ,000 applicants that met the minimum requirements.
According to him, the university can only accommodate 3,300 out of the 30,000 applicants, adding that it has already, released 1,854, representing about 2/3 of the admission.
The director said the university was working with Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) in order to release the last batch, adding that plans were underway to increase its number of undergraduates as a result of the full accreditation of all its courses.
“In fact, KASU is probably the second most sought out state university in the country and this year, we are only allowed to admit only 10 per cent of our applicants.
Ango said the NUC had recently approved KASU’s programmes for B.Sc. Building, B.A. theatre Arts and B.A. Linguistics, adding that in 2018 the commission would approve its programmes for B.Sc. Entrepreneurship, B.Sc. Marketing, B.Sc. Taxation, and B.A. Public Administration.
He, however, noted that the university’s Faculty of Education would take one or two years to come on stream.
“We are also hoping to inaugurate KASU School of Continuing Education for part-time degree programmes, as soon as we get the approval from the NUC.
“And with time we will introduce distance learning programmes all in a bid to iincrease access to quality education to our teeming youths often denied admission due to lack of space, “Ango said.
On expansion, the director said that the state government was looking into the university’s plans to acquire 10 times bigger site than its existing space.
“I believe by next year or so, it might be ready for us to acquire,”he added.