In line with the focus of the Polytechnic, which is technology based, there are supporting academic services put in place to be abreast of development in a global academic environment. These academic services include: the institution Library, the institution Examination Centre, the Industrial Liaison and Placement Unit and the Information and Communication Technology [ICT] Centre.
The Library services are provided to the polytechnic community from two locations, the Main Library and the Library Annex at the East and West Campuses, respectively. The library operating system is under automation and it services are organised as depicted in the Organisational Chart shown below.
The library is organised into three main divisions – collection development, readers’ services and technical services. Each division has sections/units. Collection development has Acquisition Unit; Readers services has Reference, Circulation, Serial/Special collection, Reprographic Units; and Technical services has Cataloguing and Audio visual Units. All the sections work hand-in-hand to achieve the goals of the library system. The Units are also interrelated or interdependent for effective administration and the use of the library materials.
The institution has one examination building where all diploma and related examinations activities are carried out. The Centre is located on the West Campus of the Polytechnic. The Centre is equipped with well furnished operational offices and a standby 7.5 KVA electricity generating set to ensure uninterrupted electricity supply. The Centre has computers and reprographic facilities for production of examination materials. The Centre is essentially and exclusively for use of the Polytechnic Examinations Committee whose membership cut across all academic departments in the Polytechnic.
Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Centre
The Polytechnic in conjunction with Socketworks Ltd provides information and communication technology services to the academic community from ICT Centre located on the West Campus. The two hundred (200) sitting capacity and fully air-conditioned digital Centre is equipped with the following:
A 1.8m C-Band VSAT dish that provides internet service to 200 computer systems in two rooms powered by 512 kbps Downlink and 128 kbps Uplink Bandwidth.
The 200 systems are fed via 4 Dell Servers (LINUX driven)
A Wi-Fi Cloud radio provides wireless internet service to the East and West campuses via installed antennae. This enable access to the internet of the personally owned laptops and wireless-card enabled computer systems. That is, internet browsing with wireless LAN facilities on personal computers and laptop notebooks within the academic core areas of the institution is equally facilitated from the ICT Centre.
A 42 KVA electricity generating set on standby to ensure uninterrupted power supply to the Centre.
Industrial Liaison and Placement Unit
The Industrial Liaison and Placement Unit coordinate the Students’ Industrial Work Experience Scheme (SIWES) and mobilization of prospective graduates for the National Youth Service Corps programme. Both schemes are coordinate in collaboration with the Industrial Training Fund (ITF) and the Directorate of National Youth Corps, respectively.
The Federal Government Policy on technical education makes it mandatory for students of Polytechnics and Colleges of Technology pursuing courses in applied science, engineering and environmental studies to undergo skill training programme in industries for a period before obtaining their diplomas. In pursuance of this policy, the Federal Polytechnic, Ilaro attaches the ND I students in the specified disciplines to both the private and public establishments for a period of three to four months, as an integral part of their academic programmes.
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