LAUTECH College Of Agric. Science Iseyin Kicks-Off Next Month
The members of staff of the newly-created College of Agricultural Science and Renewable Resources of the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, LAUTECH, Ogbomoso, Iseyin Campus, will resume in on Monday, 30th of August, 2021 as academic activities commences by September.
This was disclosed by the Provost of the College, Professor Jacob Adewale after inspecting facilities provided by the Iseyin community for the take-off of the institution.
Professor Adewale said the inspection tour was in accordance with the directive of Governor Seyi Makinde that the college should start academic activities by September and for the management of LAUTECH to see to the readiness of the community to host the institution.
He told community leaders after the tour that the college would start off with two faculties, which are Faculty of Agricultural Science and the Faculty of Renewable Natural Resources.
The provost hinted that a research and development unit will soon be established to facilitate an accelerated research development in the institution.
“The academic development of the College of Agricultural Sciences and Renewable Natural Resources, Iseyin Campus of LAUTECH, is of paramount importance towards the actualization of the mission of LAUTECH, which is “to provide suitable condition for the advancement of knowledge through research and learning; produce self-reliant graduates, apply technology-driven knowledge to creativity and positively impact on the global environment, It also aims at becoming an epitome of integrity and service”.
“A carefully-crafted academic plan of the College has been set for its academic development. In the first academic session of the existence of the college (2021/2022), the University shall present an academic brief and a detailed curriculum on Renewable Natural Resources programmes to the National Universities Commission (NUC) in Abuja for approval in order to admit students into the new programmes”.
“Resource Accreditation by the NUC will take place in the second session (2022/2023). That is, one year after students’ admission into the Renewable Natural Resources programmes, the University is already working on the requirements of curricula, personnel, physical structures and facilities for teaching and training, such facilities include workshops, laboratories, and studios. In addition, in 2022, the NUC shall be invited to carry out re-accreditation of programmes in Faculty of Agricultural Sciences Research development of the college.”
“There shall be an establishment of a Training and Research Farm of the state-of-the-art, with facilities for students and staff research projects. There shall be students and staff experimental pens for livestock, poultry, fisheries, forestry, ecotourism, and wildlife. The college research programmes shall focus on the development of technological innovations in Agriculture and Renewable Natural Resources that are cost-effective, and adaptive for Agricultural and National development”.
The Chairman, Iseyin Development Union, I.D.U, Alhaji Bayo Raji, said members of the community would continue to pray for the success of the present administration in all its endeavors, as it has met the paramount need of the community with the siting of the college in the area.
Alhaji Raji stressed the need for unity among indigenes to work towards a smooth commencement and sustaining the development needed in the college.
In his word, a former Senator representing Oyo North Senatorial District, Chief Gbenga Babalola, who took the management to his fish farm along Iseyin-Oyo Road, said he was ready to relinquish the facility to the College, in as much as it would speed the development of Oke-Ogun and Iseyin community.
A foremost indigene of the town, Alhaji Ahmed Raji represented by the former Chairman of Iseyin local government, Alhaji Saheed Alaran also donated staff quarters of about seven chalets and boys quarters to accommodate some of the management staff of the College.