By Gabriel Chy Alonta
The Vice-Chancellor of Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, Anambra State, Prof. Charles Okechukwu Esimone, has admonished postgraduate students of the university to maintain high ethical standards and morality in their various academic pursuits.
Speaking at the institution’s orientation programme for the 2nd-tier 2018/2019 and 1st-tier 2019/2020 postgraduate students, Esimone warned that the school had zero-tolerance for examination malpractice and other forms of sharp practices.
He reminded them that postgraduate students were problem solvers in any society, and hold the future. He, therefore, enjoined them to be disciplined in their quest to acquire requisite skills and knowledge that would make them function optimally world over.
The vice-chancellor assured no fewer than 1,948 postgraduate students for whom the event was organised that his administration would never rest on its oars in ensuring that they had smooth sailing academic experience, and promised that the university was constructing modern postgraduate hostel to further ease accommodation problem.
He told the students: “You are privileged to be among the few students who were offered admission into the postgraduate school. Over 40,000 applications were received but only few of you were chosen.
“Postgraduate studentship confers on you the ability to solve problems and to contribute meaningfully as stakeholders that will take the country to the next level. This is because the programme will make you a problem solver.
“I, therefore, enjoin you to make good use of your time, shun unethical behaviours. You are expected to exhibit the highest level of morality during your academic sojourn.
“Avoid cutting corners and do not try to cheat the system. I can assure you that this administration attaches much importance to the postgraduate studies and your welfare remain sacrosanct”.
He further promised to engage postgraduate students, who had distiguished themselves in learning and character, as part time teachers to help in teaching courses where there were dearth of teachers, even as he expressed optimism that all challenges raised by students would be solved in due course.
In an address, the Dean, School of Postgraduate Studies (SPGS), Prof. Philomena Igbokwe, disclosed that out of the 1,948 students offered admissions across different departments and faculties, 317 were admitted in postgraduate diploma, 1201 for Masters programme and 432 successfully secured admission in the doctoral programmes.
Igbokwe, who urged the students to work assiduously to ensure they graduate within the record time, also encouraged them to report any challenges they may encounter to the relevant authorities for a hitch-free academic programme.
“You are here to pursue knowledge, to share discoveries through publications and teaching.
“Having mastered the demands of university learning, I urge you to use the period of this postgraduate programme to also refine and learn new skills that will enhance your entrepreneurial skills, employability and contribution to nation-building.
“To further enhance your learning experience, I enjoin you to use numerous resources in the university such as the university main library, digital library, medical centre, counselling services and the chaplaincies”, she said.
Reminding them of their expected responsibilities as students, the dean, who is a chemical engineer of the university, also implored them to take full advantage of international linkages and collaborations in the univeristy to horne their talents.
The Associate Dean, SPGS, Humanities, Prof. Michael Ezenwa, told the students that expulsion was the penalty for examination misconduct, and encouraged them to maintain regular interface with the postgraduate school.
In a vote of thanks, a student, who spoke on behalf of other postgraduate students, commended the management of the institution and dean of postgraduate school, for offering them enabling environment to aid their academic endeavours.
Other speakers at the event were, Rev. Prof. Obiora Nwosu, university librarian, represented by Digital Librarian, Dr. Mercy Anyaegbu; Dr. Ezeno, director, medical centre of the university; Rev. Fr. Dr. C. C. Ajaelu, a Clinical Psychologist and Prof. Chinonso Achebe, the dean, student affairs.