The Federal Polytechnic, Ile-Oluji, Ondo State, will on November 28, award certificates to 291 National Diploma students at its maiden convocation of 2016/2017 and 2017/2018 academic sessions.
Prof. Emmanuel Fasakin, the Rector of the polytechnic, who made this known during a news conference at Ile-Oluji on Monday, said 39 of the students scored distinctions.
Fasakin noted that the school was a fast-growing one which was created in 2014 but started in 2015.
He said that the polytechnic successfully established five academic programmes for students admitted in 2016/2017 academic session.
“This polytechnic admitted its first set of students into these programmes: National Diploma in Accountancy; National Diploma in Computer Science; National Diploma in Computer Engineering; National Diploma in Electrical/Electronic Engineering; and National Diploma in Statistics in 2016/2017 academic session,’’ he said.
According to him, the 2017/2018, graduating set had 141 students; and 21 of them graduated with distinction, 48 with upper credit, 61 had lower credit while 11 of them had pass.
He noted that the 2018/2019 graduating set had 150 students, saying 18 of them had distinction, 43 had upper credit, 58 got lower credit while 31 had pass.
Fasakin explained that the polytechnic had obtained approval to teach additional seven academic programmes such as: National Diploma in Science Laboratory Technology; National Diploma Civil in Engineering Technology; and National Diploma in Agricultural Economics and Cooperatives.
Others are: National Diploma in Fisheries Technology; National Diploma in Architecture and Architectural Technology; and National Diploma in Business Administration and Management.
The rector said that the new programmes would be in place with the initial ones, starting from 2019/2020 academic session, saying that the polytechnic had kicked off the process of running Higher National Diploma in the programmes.
He said the institution had collaboration and linkages with some universities in the U.S. and the Federal University of Technology, Akure (FUTA) for exchange of staff and students.
According to him, every student passing through the institution must have additional vocational programme that can be useful after graduation.
The rector noted that the school had zero tolerance for cultism and other social vices, saying that two students were expelled from the school over alleged cultism.
He said that Dr Mas’udu Kazaure, the Executive Secretary of the National Board for Technical Education (NBTE) would deliver the Convocation lecture on Wednesday, saying that other eminent Nigerians would attend the convocation on Thursday.
Fasakin said that funding had been a major challenge impeding development of the school.
He said that the school’s management was exploring the best ways of increasing Internally Generated Revenue (IGR). (NAN)