History of faculty
Following the creation of Ebonyi State, in October 1, 1996, and on recommendation of the Council and Senate of ESUT, the Government of Ebonyi State in May 1998 constituted the Ebonyi State University (EBSU) as an affiliate college of ESUT, with the rights to administer the Faculties of Agriculture and Medicine of ESUT in Abakaliki Campus.
With this development, the then Vice Chancellor of ESUT, Prof. J.O Onah, on October 14, 1998, constituted a 13 – man planning committee for the re-establishment of the Faculty of Agriculture at the Enugu Campus of ESUT to provide the supervisory role arising from afore-mentioned affiliation of EBSU. The acceptance of the report of this committee led to the re-establishment of the Faculty of Agriculture and Natural Resources Management which formally took off in November 1998 in Enugu. There was further rationalization of courses resulting in the fusion of the departments of Soil and Crop Sciences to form the Department of Agronomy and Ecological Management. The Faculty is located in the ESUT permanent site at Agbani, Nkanu East Local Government Aree EnuguState.
It is made up of four main departments viz:
- Department of Agricultural Economics and Extension
- Department of Animal/Fisheries Science Management
- Department of Agronomy and Ecological Management.
- Department of Food Science and Technology.
PHILOSOPHY OF THE FACULTY
The philosophy of the Faculty is in keeping with that of the
NUC. The Faculty, as an integral part of the University, aspires to the ideal of a community–based and community–oriented institution whose programmes in teaching and research are designed to offer solutions to the agricultural problems of the area where it is situated in particular and the state in general.
The faculty aims at training young people in the various areas of agriculture to acquire skills and competence necessary to scientifically adopt techniques in agricultural resources management and production.
AGRICULTURE, THE BED-ROCK OF ENUGU STATE DEVELOPMENT Agriculture is an indispensable industry in Enugu State of Nigeria, as is the case in most progressive areas of the world. Efficient agricultural methods must be developed and harmonized with current practice to pave the way for an export–oriented agricultural enterprises that generates revenue for the state while ensuring that good food is made available for its teeming population. With food produced abundantly at minimal cost, people of all economic standings can afford to have the opportunity to feed well, a condition related to health and productivity. Furthermore, the general increase in the standard of living of Nigerians has greatly raised the demand for a variety of health compatible food and feed for man and farm animals. It is the realization of these facts that makes it exigent to scientifically intensify and improve animals and crop production methods. Faculty Proggramme The Faculty of Agriculture of the Enugu State University of Science and Technology has the solutions to Agricultural ambitions of the Enugu State and Nigeria as its primary aim. The Faculty of Agriculture is a conglomerate of Departments with common fundamental and applied science needs on which individual specialist training are later cemented to produce candidates for the degree of Bachelor of Agriculture (B. Agric.) in Agricultural Economics and Extension, Animal/Fisheries Science Management and Agronomy and Ecological Management. The faculty also prepares candidates for the B.Sc degree in Food Science and Technology which emphasizes expertise in post-harvest handling, processing and storage of Agricultural commodities. The philosophy and objectives of the undergraduate’s programmes in the Faculty of Agriculture is as described by individual departments.GUIDELINES FOR STUDENTS UNDER THE COURSE CREDIT SYSTEM For progress through the degree programmes under this system, students should note certain points. They are important enough to be introduced as background information at this point. i. Students admitted to the University for the first time to read for a degree (including transfer students) will be required to matriculate and sign the matriculation register. ii. Proper and timely registration is very important under the Course Credit System. This is so because the programmes of student are individualized. Students who attempt examinations in course for which they have not registered will receive no results. The proper and timely registration shall include the payment of stipulated fees and other charges. Student shall be deemed to have begun his/her course of studies on the date of his/her registration for that course. a. Normal Registration: It shall be mandatory for all students to register for courses at the rules made from time to time by the University. Normal Registration for courses shall end within the first two weeks of the session. b. Late Registration: Late registration may be allowed upon payment of a penalty fee which varies from time to time according to university regulations iii. There is no promotion from year to year within the course unit system. If the time table permits, a third year student may, for example, take a lower level course, provided that he/she has the pre-requisite (if any). iv. Students are never asked to repeat an entire year. They repeat only those courses which they fail and for which they need to fulfill some requirements. Students carrying over courses shall not be allowed to register for more than the approved maximum number of units for the session. v. Work Load: A student shall normally in any one academic year be allowed to register for and take a minimum of 48 credits per sessions. vi. Failed courses shall be carried over and repeated at The next available opportunity provided that the student does not register for more than approved maximum of 48 credits per session. vii. Repeat courses should be attended in their entirety. Most of the problems encountered by students under the course credit system are caused by student’s failure to attend lectures and do homework in courses which they are repeating. Repeating courses without attending the whole course of lectures and doing all the class assignment has often resulted in repeated failures. Even when the same lecturer is giving a course a second or third time, he will more often than not modify his teaching to incorporate recent advances or to give a different emphasis to one part of the syllabus or another. This will make things difficult for the student who is relying only reading of previous notes.
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