VCs To Establish National Information System For Varsities

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The Committee of Vice Chancellors on Thursday said that it would establish a national information repository system in all universities in the country.

Prof. Michael Faborode, the Secretary-General of the committee disclosed this to newsmen at the end of a two-day National Repository Seminar in Abuja.

Faborode said that the programme sought to improve access to African scholarly work and it was the initiative of the Association of African Universities (AAU).

According to him, AAU’s Database of African Theses and Dissertations (DATAD) programme is aimed at improving access to African scholarly work.

“The establishment of the database system will create accessibility for all African universities in terms of collection, management and dissemination of information.

“Basically, we want to have a comprehensive information system for the Nigerian universities which is what the national repository system is all about.

“At the lower level, each institution will also have a national repository system, a sort of warehouse for information, whereby all the necessary information and anything published will be properly catalogued by the e-Library.’’

He said that the programme would also provide necessary information about staff publications, staff biodata and list of principal officers of the universities, among others.

“Universities can implement the programme almost immediately as the facilities are available in our office.’’

He urged librarians and the ICT officers to ensure that the programme was properly installed in each university.

Faborode said that vice-chancellors would provide the necessary facilities to make good use of the project.

Dr Hoba Pascal, Programme Coordinator of AAU corroborated the views of executive secretary on the programme.

Pascal told The Tide that the aim of the programme was to build capacity of African Universities for the collection, management and dissemination of thesis and dissertations of information electronically.

Pascal said that the programme would benefit all universities in the country.

He said that the DATAD programme would provide access to online database for the dissemination of information among universities within and outside the country.

Pascal said that one of the objectives of the programme was to reduce plagiarism among students.

In his speech, Mr George Eromosele, a System Analyst from the University of Ilorin, described the idea as a good one.