The National Universities Commission (NUC) has granted permission to Al-Qalam University in Katsina to establish school of post graduate studies.
Its Vice Chancellor, Prof. Shehu Garki, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Sunday in Katsina that the approval was given after the visitation panel of the Commission went to the university.
Garki said members of the panel had assessed the human and material resources of the university before giving the approval.
He added that the Commission had also recently approved the full accreditation of the four pioneer courses of the university namely computer science, English, Arabic and Islamic studies.
The vice chancellor, however, said that the management of the university had introduced additional 18 programmes and were waiting accreditation by the Commission.
He disclosed that the university had also been given approval by the Commission to establish the school of remedial studies to run Interim Joint Matriculation Board (IJMB) programmes.
He commended philanthropists and other stakeholders for their financial assistance to the university, stressing that the financial assistance had assisted in the smooth running of the institution.
He noted that “the private university largely depends on financial assistance by philanthropists and payment of tuition fees to run its affairs.’’
He, therefore, appealed to the Katsina State Government to assist the university with the construction of students’ hostels to address the shortage of accommodation faced by students. (NAN)