NUC detects 100 fake professors

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The National Universities Commission (NUC) has uncovered 100 fake professors in its register.

The executive secretary of the commission, Prof. Abubakar Adamu Rasheed, who disclosed this at a retreat for vice chancellors, said the names and details of the affected academics had been forwarded to the various universities for verification.

He expressed his appreciation to the vice chancellors for their cooperation with the NUC Strategy Advisory Committee (STRADVCOM) which published, among other things, directory of full professors in the Nigeria University System (NUS), statistical Digest of the NUS 2017-2018, refinement and modernisation of instruments for accreditation of undergraduate, postgraduate, part-time, affiliate, open and distance learning programmes and institutions as well as state of university education in Nigeria 2017- 2018.

Rasheed said the updated version of those documents would be published this month.

He disclosed that professors in their respective universities uploaded their curricula vitae on the website which was used in the compilation of the directory of full professors in the NUS.

He said the publication helped in identifying fake professors in the system.

He said the fight against fake professors had become a collective responsibility and encouraged all vice chancellors to have accurate statistics of staff, students and other components in their respective universities off-hand.

The NUC chief also praised the university heads and also cautioned them to be mindful while signing certificates of students, especially those of affiliate institutions under their purview.

He informed the vice chancellors about his recent meeting with the director general of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) where the latter complained that some corps members’ degree certificates purportedly obtained from some prestigious universities were questionable.

He therefore directed vice chancellors to check the excesses of their affiliated institutions, noting that lecturers hardly spend time with their students.

He said Ph.D. supervision lacks the necessary quality time required and desired as both the lecturers and students do not create time for each other.

He called on universities to spearhead the fight against academic corruption which, according to him, must be tackled by all the stakeholders.

Besides, Rasheed appealed to the universities to inform the commission about any criminal case.

He also used the opportunity to inform the vice chancellors that lecturers are not permitted to teach in more than two universities adding that the minimum teaching for eight hours should be enforced.

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