From Tongnaan Dada Bawa, Jos
Though it is no longer news that plans have reached advanced stage for Karl Kumm University to commence academic activities.
The Vice Chancellor of this eminent faith based institution, Prof Audu Nanven Gambo and his management team are leaving no stone unturned towards ensuring that they meet up with the academic calendar.
After concluding its first set of admission, authorities concern is presently putting everything together and or in proper perspective towards creating a permitting atmosphere for the comfortability of both the lecturers, staff and the students of the school.
In this regard, the Vice Chancellor and his management team have embarked on periodic monitoring and supervision of facilities at the institution to help ensure that everything moves according to the anticipated plans. While this supervision is unrepentantly ongoing, so also the admission of more students for the institution.
So far, Prof Gambo and his team have visited both the male and female hostels, the institution’s medical centre, lecture rooms, cafeteria, and other strategic buildings, which would consequently have a fundamental bearing on the lives and daily activities of the students.
The security architecture of the institution has been further enhanced. To help ensure that all things are moving in proper perspective, the Management recently had a crucial meeting with all the staff of the institution where they were eventually encouraged to live above board in their anticipated obligations.
During the meeting, the management strategically reminded the staff to be disciplined and ensure that they live above board as role models for these students.
This engagement aside, the Vice Chancellor and his Management team also held a meet with the academic staff where he admonished them to remain resolute in their resolve to transform the university into a world class to set the pace for others in the country. In his remarks, Prof Gambo noted that while lectures would commence this week, admission was still in progress in accordance with the clearance given by JAMB and such students would join.
According to him, the issue of general timetable had been sorted to avoid lecture clashes as well as guide the lecturers give out their best in the school adding that the meeting with the lecturers was a critical one considering their strategic disposition to the developmental progression of the entire institution. For the total comfortability of the teaching staff to be encouraged, the Vice Chancellor submitted that the young and enterprising lecturers would be encouraged to further their studies to positively impact the students in contemporary studies technique in accordance with global best practices.
He noted that, “It is anticipated that in the next three years, we will have more PhD holders working in Karl Kumm University as we intend to make the best use of our staff. Therefore, I would want to advice that as academicians, do not engage on PhD programmes just to fulfil all righteousness but ensure that your goal is to attain professorial levels in the academic circle.”
In pursuance of this set objective, Prof Gambo also visited the Provost, Federal College of Veterinary and Medical Laboratory Vom, Dr Chukwu O.O. Chukwo where he sought for his synergy for the sustainability and growth of the institution. During the visit, the Provost took the Vice Chancellor to various laboratories where researches are conducted.
Speaking during the courtesy call, the Vice Chancellor explained that synergising with the College would upgrade the educational capacity of the students on resumption of academic activities for this forthcoming session.
Prof Gambo expressed the readiness of Karl Kumm University to go an extra mile to ensure that its students acquire the best educational standard comparable to global best practice around the world.
The Vice Chancellor acknowledged that since his appointment, Management has hit the ground running and left no stone unturned in the university’s desire to create an enabling environment for excellent educational services for intending students of the institution and that, “we must do everything possible to ensure that this University provides the best for our students.
Responding, the Provost, Federal College of Veterinary and Medical Laboratory, Dr Chukwu O.O. Chukwu welcomed the anticipated synergy which according to him would go a long way in ensuring understanding of research studying equipment’s for the great task ahead.
Dr Chukwu recalled with great nostalgia his inclusion in the recruitment panel, which resulted in the employment of best and capable hands for the University and stressed his readiness to assist the institution when and wherever necessary for the progress of the students and educational attainment in the institution as a whole. Interestingly, as evidence, the Church of Christ in Nations (COCIN) has made a name in terms of contributing its quota to educational advancement in the country.
Today, COCIN can rightly boast of having many schools in the likes of the Boys and Girls Secondary Schools Gindiri, Gindiri Teachers College, now COCIN Comprehensive College the School for the Blind as well as many other secondary schools across the country. As it is always noted in a consensus, COCIN has over a century gained experience in the running of secondary and tertiary institutions in the country, the University though a complex initiative would not be a difficult project to handle.
Therefore, since the 7th May 2003 when the COCIN General Church Council (GCC) resolved to float a University and the subsequent issuance of a letter of intent for the establishment of the University to the National Universities Commission (NUC) on June 23, 2003, the entire project has continued to move from one glory to another.
Today, the story is all about that of thanking God that the first set of students will start receiving lectures in the institution. All these efforts are worth thanking our creator for His mercy and shower of blessings.
Certainly in the past few years, Karl Kumm University which is among the very few to commence academic activities on permanent site will sooner than later take its rightful place as the most proficient privately owned faith based institution of learning in the country.
This is by no way surprising considering the insurmountable degree of efforts invested into the planning and execution of the strategic plans of the institution.