The National Universities Commission (NUC) is planning to make Information and Communication Technology (ICT) training compulsory for all Nigerian University undergraduates, Premium Times reports.
NUC had made it known that the commission is already working on the framework to make sure students pass through the training phase before they graduate from the university.
Abubakar Rasheed, Executive Secretary of the commission, who was represented by the chairman of the committee on ICT development, Johnson Asinugo, disclosed this on Thursday in Abuja during an interactive session between the directors of ICT of Nigerian Universities and the NUC committee.
“Part of what we are trying to do now is to establish a framework where all Nigerian students or graduates would pass through an ICT training phase.
“If the university system computerizes its environment sufficiently, most of the problems such as issue of getting transcript will reduce because there will be a portfolio of all the students data. It is only an analogue method that sees issues with transcript among others,” he said.
Babatunde Raymond Yusuf, Director of Research, Innovation and Information Technology of the commission, was also at the event.
Babatunde said the commission wants to leverage on ICT to drive teaching, learning and research in Nigerian universities in order to help the graduates to be people who see innovation as a driver of development at individual and national levels.
“As soon as we finish this stage of data gathering, specific steps will be taken to attract funding to the system. By the time we finish this process, it should be a thing of the past for any Nigerian university to be unable to use ICT to resolve these issues,” he said.
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