ABUBAKAR TAFAWA BALEWA UNIVERSITY
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It has become a tradition for every institution of learning to possess a logo and a motto. In some cases, the origin of the logo derives from the history or physical features of the area; in others, it is based on the culture or it is meant to depict the aims and aspirations, hopes and goals envisioned. The logo of the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University is derived from at least two of these sources: depicting a physical feature of its location whilst at the same time drawing attention to its aim and goals.
The official interpretation of the logo is as follows: The logo embodies near the top of the shield, the nation's national colors, emphasizing the Federal nature of the institution, the white portion of the colors being occupied by an open book, a common enough feature of educational institutions. The sunrays atop the national colors are meant to convey the notion that education is a source of light that banishes ignorance and superstition thereby elevating the mind to levels that can grapple with societal problems. Bauchi, the location of the University, is on the edge of the Bauchi-Plateau with gently undulating topography occasionally punctuated by outcrops of inselbergs, either singly or in groups. The lower part of the logo is meant to depict these inselbergs or hills in relief. Finally, there is a communication tower with antenna on top of the hill. The antenna conveys the technological vocation of the University as well as the notion that the University should not only be a repository of scientific and technological information but also a source of dissemination and acquisition of such information globally to be made available for ready application.
The University's logo, thus, incorporates something peculiar to the nature of its environment, the Federal source of the University's funding and above all its aspirations and goals. Its Latin motto, DOCTRINA MATER ARTIUM, which literally means
�Education is the mother of the practical arts
�, is concise, apt and proverbial.
The University has acquired three sites since its inception in 1980, namely: Yelwa Campus, Gubi campus and a residential estate along Kari-Maiduguri Road (Kari Road Housing Estate).
The Yelwa Campus is where the academic and administrative activities of the University currently take place. This site offers moderate infrastructural facilities for a university system. Some of the infrastructural facilities include:
• Lecture Theatres
• Laboratories and Classrooms
• Academic and Administrative Offices
• Assembly Hall/Auditorium
• Medical Centre
• Students' Halls of Residence with fairly furnished common
rooms that include TV and satellite viewing facilities
• Staff Quarters and Guest Houses
• Sporting facilities
• Staff Primary School
• International secondary school
• University Poultry and Research Farm
• Information Communication Technology Centre with V-sat Facilities
This campus is located along Bauchi,Ningi,Kano road. Approval had since been given on the Campus Master plan, and work has commenced on the Campus for the first phase of buildings. A new student center, academic building for the School of Agriculture as well as Student hostel are now in place. Access link road, electrification and water supply as well as the construction of Senate Building have commenced.
Bauchi, apart from being the seat of the State Government, is also the home of the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University (ATBU), Bauchi. The University was one of such Universities established in 1980 by the Federal Government of Nigeria. The University is presently located at its Yelwa Campus and hopely part of the University will soon move to the Gubi campus, a site covering some 4,500 hectares of land, some 16 kilometers from the town center on Bauchi-Ningi road. Currently, the Gubi campus has a hostel block, a School, some staff houses and a student center, with the Senate building, the Remedial School and a multi-purpose sports complex under construction.
To encourage the advancement of learning and to hold out to all persons without distinction of race, creed, sex or political conviction of the opportunity of acquiring a higher education in technology;The Mission of the University are as follows:
- To develop and offer academic and professional programmes leading to the award of diploma, first degrees, post-graduate research and higher degrees which emphasizes planning, adaptive, technical, maintenance, development and productive skills in the engineering, scientific, agricultural, and allied professional disciplines with the aim of producing socially mature men and women with capability not only to understand, use and adopt existing technology but also improve on it and develop new ones;
- To act as agent and catalysts, through postgraduate training, research and innovation for the effective and economic utilization, exploitation and conservation of the country's natural, economic and human resources;
- To offer to the general population, as a form of public service, the result of training and research and to foster the political applications of these results;
- To establish appropriate relationships with other national institutions involved in training research and development technologies;
- To identify technological problems and needs of the society and to find solutions to team within the context of overall national development;
- To provide and promote sound basic scientific training as a foundation for the development of technology and applied science, taking into account indigenous culture and the need to enhance national unity;
- To undertake any other activities appropriate for a university of technology of the highest standard.
The Information and Communication Technology Center of Excellence which was fully funded by the ETF started operating in November 2003. It is set up primarily to provide Information Technology services to the North East sub region and the nation at large.
Although some major units of the University were networked during the NUNet project, further expansion of the network to virtually all parts of the University was made as an integral part of the ICTC project.
As a leading university of technology in Nigeria. The Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University Bauchi occupies a place of pride as a major player in actualizing Nigeria 's Tecnological blueprint.
In tanned with the well placed expectation, the University established a center of Excellence in Information and communication Technology ICT. The center is equipped with the state of the art ICT gadgets with the primary aim of providing facilities for cutting edge research in science and technology. The center also provides an enabling academic cocoon suitable for academic retreat, capacity building activities through, conferences workshops and seminars etc.
The MIS Unit was established in 1995 purposely to manage the increasing volume of records of students, staff, assets and finances of the university. The unit is headed by a Director. Table 1 gives the list of current and former directors of the Unit.
One of the statutory responsibilities of the MIS Unit is to develop Database software to help automate records processing.
In an effort to help the university realize this objective, the NUC gave the University a Computer machine with a Student & Staff records processing software (NUMIS) already installed on it. Efforts towards using the NUMIS software however, proved unworkable.
The Centre for Energy Research (CER)
The Centre for Energy Research (CER) of the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University (ATBU) came to being in 1999 through the efforts of the then Vice Chancellor, Prof. A. S. Sambo who currently occupies the seat of the Director General/Chief Executive Officer (DG/CEO) of the Energy Commission of Nigeria (ECN), Abuja. It was an offshoot of the Energy Group, which was established in 1997 and headed by Prof. A. A. Asere. In 1999 when the centre became fully functional, Prof. M. I. Onogu became the Director. He served for four years. The current Director is Dr. Adisa A. Bello. The Centre is located on the Yelwa Campus of Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University , adjacent to the university printing press.
The main objective of the CER is to address renewable and non-renewable energy sources to support national development. The Centre has been undertaking research, development and demonstration and training in the renewable and non-renewable energy sources. It has been involved in the promotion and adoption of such technologies for development in our rural remote communities. Promotion of efficient utilization of energy resources for household and services sector of the economy has also been of concern to the CER.
The University Library, located at the Yelwa Campus of the University, was established in August 1981 and opened to the University community in October 1981. As at 30 th June 1992 , the collections number some 35,000 volumes and 478 current journals. Total periodical titles number 1,210. From 1981 to 1989 the library was housed in a temporary building of 1007 square metres with 120 seats. However, the New Storey Library building measuring 2142 square metres has a total capacity for 165,380 volumes and 516 readers. It also has 40 carrels reserved for academic staff and post-graduate students. The new building was occupied on April 2, 1990.
The library building incorporates an integrated computerized library system which, when fully installed, will be user-oriented as well as user-friendly. The library is coordinating the Inventory Taking Project for Science and Technology Resources by the readers, Ensure expeditious retrieval of information for users, aid the library in its current awareness services, and enable resource sharing among libraries within and outside.
VISION AND MISSION STATEMENTS:
The University Library, established to provide strong bibliographical support to its parent institution, has the following objectives:
1. To collect the most up-date information to support the learning, teaching, research and consultancy activities of the academic community;
2. To collect such information not only in book form but also in non-book such as slides, films, transparencies, government documents, tapes, records etc.
3. To give user oriented service to the University community, by quickly disseminating the information collected to all who need it;
4. To aid the University to develop the humane, liberal and social side of; Scientist, by providing selected materials in the arts, humanities and social sciences;
5. To provide materials on Nigerian history, languages, culture, social and economic life so as to enhance the spirit of national cohesion and understanding;
6. To collect materials on Bauchi State to form a Resource Centre on Bauchi history, culture, social and economic life;
7. To collect materials produced by the University in all its Schools and Programmes and by all its staff so as to preserve these for posterity and for future research activities;
8. To provide a centre of excellence of library collections in academic areas selected by the University, for use by University staff and research scholars from within and outside Nigeria , specializing in the areas selected;
9. To give leadership in library services in Bauchi State by actively participating in Nigerian Library Association activities;
10. To cooperate with other Nigerian libraries in resource sharing through photocopying, inter-library lending, and courier service;
11. To form part of the national information network by participating in the National Union Catalogues and Serials Union List, based at the National Library of Nigeria; those produced by the committee of University Librarians of Nigerian Universities (CULNU); and those produced by NADICEST;
12. To undertake research into relevant library problems.
There is a University Library Committee, with the Vice-Chancellor as the Chairman. The Committee is advisory to the University Librarian. It comprises Schools and Programme Coordinators at professorial level, the Registrar, a Student Representative, and an External Adviser, normally a University Librarian.
The activities of the library are organized under four main divisions, namely:
Administration Division, Collection Development Division, Readers Services Division and Technical Services Division respectively:
The Division is responsible for policies, system planning, coordination, personnel, finance, accommodation, publications and day-to-day administration of the library. The Library Staff strength is 58 with 17 professionals, 16 para-professionals and 25 others. The Division supervises the activities of the two units namely; Computer and Bindery Units:
The Computer Unit over-sees the applications of computers to library activities and the current computer networking of the entire library building. The Unit organizes in-house computer appreciation courses for the staff. It is regularly organized particularly as the need arises.
The library has acquired more than twenty four computers which have been distributed within the other units of the library to enhance the library computerization and Internet access.
Most of the staff are computer literate and the University library has Internet access.
USERS OF THE LIBRARY:
The following categories of users are allowed access to the collections of the library:- University Council Members; Academic; Senior Administrative and Technical Staff of the University; Students of the University; Members of the Convocation; Occasional users from outside the University; with special permission from the University Librarian (for reference and research purpose only).
All readers must register before making use of the library. Registration is renewable every academic year. All registered members of the library are issued with Library Identity Cards bearing their passport photographs. They must show the cards to gain entrance into the Library.
Circulation Collections in the Library may be borrowed by the following categories of registered members: Undergraduate, Postgraduate Students, Academic Staff, Senior Administrative and Technical Staff may borrow four books for two weeks, six books for two weeks, six books for one semester and three books for two weeks respectively.
All loans may be renewed if they are not recalled or needed by other users.
The Library operates a Reserved Book System for materials needed by many users. This is to enable as many users as possible to benefit from such materials. Readers use such materials within the Library in the Reserved Book Room on the Ground Floor next door to the Circulation Desk.
Local newspapers are important primary sources of information on every aspect of life in the country. The library regularly indexes all local newspapers titles to which it subscribes. The Library also indexes selected science and technology current serials serial titles based on the subject profiles of the academic staff of thee University. This form the basis of the SDI services of the library. Furthermore, the library participates in the Nigerian Periodic Index (NPI). This is resource sharing Project of the Committee of University Librarians of Nigeria Universities (CULNU). The Library is responsible for Nigerian Serials titles in Engineering for NPI.
The Library provides some access to world knowledge in Science and Technology through the International Photocopying Services of the British Council Library.
A member of the Academic Staff can requests for photocopies of journal articles through the Library from British Council Library. Beneficiaries pay for the cost of coupons used in photocopying requests in excess of the approved number of articles because of limited funds available for library resources.
- Adoption of renewable energy technologies for development in our rural communities
- Reduction and elimination of environmental degradation related to energy production, distribution and consumption (e.g. deforestation, air water and land pollution).
- Encourage Governments at all levels and NGOs in utilization of renewable energy resources to reduce over dependence on the national electric supply.
- Research and development in renewable energy sources and production.
- Efficient utilization of energy resources for household and services sector of the economy.
Conservation of petroleum resources in such a manner that will lead to their continuous exploration for foreign exchange earnings.
In order to solve this problem, another Students' record processing software (STUDBASE) was developed by the then Director (Dr. M.H. Alhassan). The STUDBASE was further improved to a more versatile application software by the then serving Corp Member (Mr. Bulama Nachamada) and a staff of MIS(Mr. Elisha Mathew Malo). The software has the following features:
- Computing of GPA and CGPA and the generation of results in SENATE approved format.
- Generation of Students' result Slip and transcripts.
- Capturing of students' record of registration at programme level for subsequent use in result processing, and the generation of list of registered students.
- Generation of result Score-sheets.
All academic programmes of the university are now required to generate students' result using the MIS result processing Software.
The MIS Unit is charged with the function of providing the University Management with information derived from the analysis of data Captured from various programmes, Departments, Units and Centers of the University. Specifically this includes:
- Fresh And Returning Students' registration.
- Data on Students' examination result in all courses.
- Staff records.
- Records of the university Assets.
- Financial Records.
The current Network Architecture used in the MIS Unit is WORKGROUP. In order to improve security requirements and to fit into the Universitys' Intra-network, there is the need for this network architecture to be changed to a Domain Network.
Furthermore, there is the need to develop soft wares that will help the MIS Unit achieve all its objectives as listed in Section 2. These soft wares include:
� Personnel Software to automate staff records.
� Inventory software to enable the university management to keep track of all activities in and out of the central store.
� Assets database to help the Physical Planning Unit (PPU) of the University keep track of all University Assets.
The Information and Communication Technology Center of Excellence was set up in 2003 with the major aim of providing facilities for carrying-out high quality research of national and sub- regional significance, development activities, demonstration programmes, trainings and assessment of technologies for information technology and related disciplines for sustainable national development.
Our vision is for the ATBU Information and Communication Technology Center to be an integral part of the world high technology community in the North East zone, by facilitating mutually beneficial relationships between ATBU and other organizations from industry and government as well as NGOs, non profit and educational institutions. The Center is expected to create value through learning and networking opportunities, offering seminars, conducting research and publishing reports on technology and management topics.
FACILITIES AT THE CENTER
The following facilities are on ground at the ICTC ATBU
- V-SAT Internet connectivity. The center has its own exclusive V-SAT facility this gives it some measure of independence from the public server whose services it cannot guaranty. Domiciled in ATBU a research oriented institution worldwide acclaimed, the VSAT provides an uninterrupted link to the internet at all times.
The facility has the following components;
- Complete VSAT equipment including cyber gate, server, switches, patch panels and other accessories
- Complete deployment of campus area network linking virtually all the major units of the university
-Training Room: Well equipped training room installed with fully networked computers
-Cyber cafe: Well equipped air conditioned cyber café installed with fully networked computers
- Power Supply: To ensure uninterrupted power supply, the center is equipped with alternative sources of power that include UPS, solar photovoltaic with battery back- up, and a generating set
- Micro wave and environmental research laboratory. The facility is for advanced research on the properties of the Nigerian airspace. It is significant for the eventual indigenous development and launching of our satellite and other space systems. Such highly sophisticated microwave engineering equipment as logic analyzers, High frequency signal generators, Chart recorders, Digital multi- meter and power meter.