The Principal and Chief Executive Officer of Petroleum Training Institution, PTI, Prof Sunny Iyuke has matriculated 1,896 Students in 2018/2019 academic session. He said that the institution has perfected plans to upgrade the award of Bachelor of Technology (B. Tech.) to its graduates, instead of Higher National Diploma (HND)
Prof. Iyuke said this at the 2019 matriculation ceremony of full time and part time students of 2018/2019 academy session held at the PTI conference centre, Effurun, Delta state.
He snoted that the proposal for the awarding of B.Tech degree would be presented to the institution’s Governing Council and to the National University Commission (NUC) soon for consideration.
According to him, “Insurance of B. Tech will not be a difficult thing for us here in PTI…. You know we have the facilities that no university in the country has and if you look at the mandate given to PTI 47 years ago, the institution is to provide courses of instruction, training and research in technology and development of technologist and techicians.
“If the mandate allows us, it mean I should walk to NUC to accredit us and that means graduates of PTI would have both middle skills and high skill and they would be accepted in any country of the world because they are Bachelor”.
Besides, he disclosed that the institution is collaborating with the University of Port Harcourt to run Post HND, leading to the award of Bachelor of Engineering (B. Eng.) and Master in Engineering which commenced since last year.
Iyuke said about 2,800 candidates applied for admission to pursue different careers in the Higher National Diploma (HND), National Diploma (ND) and Certificate programmes during the session.
The principal who administered the institution’s oath on the students said the students fulfilled the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) and the PTI internal requirements.
He said that a total of 1,896 candidates were qualified for admission by the standards of the JAMB as well as the PTI where applicable.