The founder of the Afe Babalola University, Ado-Ekiti (ABUAD), Aare Afe Babalola, has berated the present arrangement whereby admission quota in Nigerian Universities is largely based on how the individual universities have been in existence.
The former Pro-Chancellor of the University of Lagos (UNILAG) is of the opinion that admission quota should be based on the quantum of equipment and human capital each university is able to put in place.
Speaking at a reception in honour of the Chairman of the Medical & Dental Council of Nigeria (MDCN), Prof. Abba Hassan, OON, over the weekend, Babalola said students admission quota should not be a reward for old age but a reward for quality equipment, infrastructure and human capital put in place by individual universities.
“Everywhere in the world, admission quota is not a reward for the number of years a university has been in existence. Rather it is a consideration for the carrying capacity of such a university. The carrying capacity of a university is the highest number of learners (students) that a particular institution will be able to effectively manage for qualitative education, considering the human resources at its disposal.
“This suggests that the admission of students at this level is in accordance with the facilities available and human resources on ground in any particular university. These facilities comprise of good staff/student ratio, accommodation, required number of Lecture rooms, libraries stocked with the appropriate books, renowned national and international journals among others while the human resource include quality and qualified teaching and non-teaching staff in the right number and mix,” Babalola added.
The founder equally recalled that ABUAD was given the mandatory admission quota of 50 for its Law Program at inception as new university, but the figure was later increased to 100 by the National Universities Commission (NUC).
Babalola later commended Hassan for his humility and simplicity despite his towering attainments in life which he said challenged him the more contrary to the notorious behavior of man as summarized by Poe Benedict in the dark ages.
Hassan also applauded Babalola for the superlative work he has single-handedly been doing since the establishment of ABUAD nine years ago.