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Name: Professor Ahmed Baita Garko, B.Sc. (UDUS), M.Sc. (BUK), Ph.D. (MAUTECH), MNCS, MCPN, MIAENG

Title(s)/Position(s): Professor / Director, ICT Directorate

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Ahmed Baita Garko, the first Professor of Computer Science from Kano State, Nigeria, has been involved in teaching both undergraduate and postgraduate courses in Computer Science since 2005. Born at Garko town of Garko Local Government Area, Kano State on 2nd January, 1973; he attended Garko Central Primary School from 1980 to 1986, Government Senior Secondary Grammar School Garko from 1987 to 1989, and Science Secondary School Dawakin Tofa from 1990 to 1992 for his basic and secondary school education. He also attended Usmanu Danfodiyo University, Sokoto from 1993 to 1998, where he obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science in 1998. Later in 2009, he obtained a Master of Science degree in Computer Science from Bayero University, Kano. Also, he obtained a Ph.D. degree in Computer Science in 2012, from the Modibbo Adama University of Technology, Yola.

Professor Garko worked with the defunct Nigerian Telecommunications Limited (Nitel) from 2001 to 2005 in the Information Technology Department where he served as a System Analyst/Programmer, and he was the pioneer Mediation Manager of the Company who was in charge of meter readings and call detail records of all the Nitel switches nationwide. In April, 2005 he voluntarily resigned from the services of Nitel and joined the Academia as a Graduate Assistant with the Kano University of Science & Technology (KUST), Wudil. At KUST, he held many responsibilities, prominent among which are: Level coordinator, Departmental Examinations Officer, Deputy Faculty Examinations Officer, Faculty Examinations Officer, Head of Unit, Head of Computer Science Department, Pioneer Deputy Dean, Faculty of Computing and Mathematical Sciences, Deputy Director, Management Information Systems (MIS), Member, University Governing Council representing the Congregation, Chairman, Taskforce Committee on Water, Electricity and Diesel Purchasing. He was also chairman and member to more than 20 university committees at the Kano University of Science & Technology, Wudil.

In March, 2013, Professor Garko joined the services of the Federal University Dutse (FUD) as a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Computer Science. At FUD, he was appointed the pioneer Head of Computer Science Department. Notable among his achievements as the Head of Department are: Establishing the Department itself, boosting its staffing from two (2) to more than fourty (40) academic staff making it a department with the highest number of academic staff in the University; establishing and equipping of three computer laboratories, three classrooms, securing of many offices for staff, procurement of the hardware laboratory equipment, and securing from the University additional block (extension) for the Department which houses HOD’s office, Conference room, three additional classes for postgraduate students, two professorial offices, and five additional offices for staff, all within his 2-year tenure as Head of Department.

Professor Garko was the pioneer Editor-in-chief of the Dutse Journal of Pure and Applied Sciences (DUJOPAS), a publication of the Faculty of Science; he steered the activities of the Journal from its inception in 2015 to December, 2017. Under his leadership, the Journal has gain wider recognition and acceptance from many parts of the country. In its December, 2017 edition, the Journal received more than 60 articles from different universities and higher institutions across the country, and more than 50 articles were accepted and published.

His other responsibilities at the Federal University Dutse include: Pioneer Director, University Computer Centre; after merging the Computer Centre with the MIS, he was in April, 2016 appointed as the pioneer Director, Information and Communication Techonology of the University. His main goals in his new appointment are: To develop and manage the University Portal In-house, To design, develop, and manage the University website In-house, and To improve/build the capacity of the ICT staff in the University.

Furthermore, he supervised more than 100 undergraduate projects, more than 20 M.Sc. Computer Science and Information Technology students’ dissertations. He examined more than 30 M.Sc. Computer Science dissertations at Nile University of Nigeria, Abuja, Bayero University, Kano, Usmanu Danfodiyo University, Sokoto, Kebbi State University of Science & Technology, Aliero, and Umaru Musa Yar’adua University, Katsina. Professor Garko is a visiting Professor to Yusuf Maitama Sule University, Kano, and Sule Lamido University, Kafin-Hausa. He is also an external examiner to many universities and polytechnics in Nigeria. He has published more than 50 academic articles in reputable national and international journals, proceedings, books and book chapters. He is also, a member of three academic associations: Nigeria Computer Society (NCS), Computer Professionals Registration Council of Nigeria (CPN), and Intertional Association of Engineers and Computer Scientists (IAENG).

Professor Ahmed Baita Garko is happily married with five children (4 Boys and 1 Girl).

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Dr. GAMBO BABANDI GUMEL PhD (IIUM)
Academic Rank: Assistant Professor
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Area of Specialization: BANKING AND FINANCE
Tel. Number: +234 (0) 032499763/8151379020
Email Address: gbabandi@yahoo.com; gambo.gumel@fud.edu.ng

History

INTRODUCTION

ICT can be defined as the technology required in carrying out information activities, in particular, the use of electronic computers, communication devices and software applications to format, store, protect, process, transmit and retrieve information from anywhere, anytime. Higher Education in general and University Education in particular, is a system that relies solely on information processing. From the admission and registration processes, the teaching and learning processes to results computation, ICT is playing vital roles in simplifying all these processes. Some of the ICT facilities in the University are:

  • Portal – for the admission, registration, and result computation processes Computers and computer accessories
  • Smart/interactive boards
  • Website – showcasing every information about the University
  • Internet services
  • E-Learning facilities
  • Intranet
  • E-Libraries and digital libraries
  • Simulation software for scientific research
  • E-Laboratory software for conducting practical in our Laboratories
  • The application packages use in most of our offices

ICT is a Change Agent in Higher Education

The invention or development of a new physical body or mental tool like ICT creates both opportunities and challenges. In brief summary, ICT as a tool typically:

  • Helps us to “better” minimize some problems and accomplish some tasks that the academia was addressing prior to the development and application of ICT in Education. Here, the term “better” may have meanings such as: in a more cost effective manner; faster; more precisely; more reliably; with less danger; and so on.
  • Helps us to solve some problems and accomplish some tasks that cannot be solved without the ICT application.

ICT is an example of a technology that is a powerful change agent and that is applicable in most human endeavors. We can easily and precisely examine how ICT contributes to tools that enhance our physical bodies and activities. Currently, in our institutions and other related bodies we have microscopes, telescopes, brain scanning machine, automated factories and tools, and a huge range of other tools that are highly dependent on ICT.

ICT minimizes a number of problems in education, such as digital equity, the need for a relatively expensive addition to an institution’s infrastructure, and how to provide a conducive learning environment has been supplemented with the development and application of ICT in education by creating virtual classrooms and also by making distance learning easier, cost effective, and more accommodating. ICT in education also minimizes problems of how to deal with potential changes in curriculum content, instructional processes, and assessment in a manner that leads to students getting a better education easily and at a lesser cost.

Challenges

Some challenges in using ICT as effective and efficient tool in promoting teaching, learning, and research are as follows:

  • Funding – as most of the ICT tools are costly
  • Lack of sufficient ICT professionals in our Institutions
  • Fear – as some academics are still not willing to accept ICT as a viable tool
  • Lack of constant power supply – as most of the ICT facilities should be running 24 hours per day 7 days per week
  • Cost of Internet subscription (Bandwidth)
  • Cost of maintaining the hardware and software
  • Little or very few research efforts on ICT applications in Education

ICT in the Federal University Dutse

The Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Directorate was established by the current Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Fatima Batul Mukhtar after merging the former Management Information Systems (MIS) Unit with the University Computer Centre for effective running of day-to-day information processing in the University.

Dr. Ahmed Baita Garko was appointed as the Pioneer Director to administer the affairs of the Directorate with six units created to execute its day to day activities. The units and their heads are:

Unit Names Head of Unit
ICT Infrastructure and Services AbdulRauf Yamta
Systems Administration and Development Faruk Umar Sani
Learning and Teaching Technologies Gaddafi Abba Umar
ICT Support and Maintenance Aminu Iguda
Project Management and Management Reporting Adamu Umaru
ICT Business and Training Ilham Mahmud Ibrahim

Brief on the Units

ICT Support and Maintenance Unit: The ICT support and maintenance unit is charged with the responsibilities of repairs and maintenances of all university office machines, ICT equipment, maintenance and training computer science student posted on SIWES and IT workshop.

ICT Project Monitoring and Management of Reporting Unit: The unit is charged with generating report on students, creating, retrieving and updating staff records, also as part of its function, the unit is charged with monitoring all ICT projects.

ICT Training and Business Unit: The key function of the unit training of staffs, management of ICT café and Business in ICT.

Training of staff: In other to improve the teaching and learning capacity in the university, ICT provided oriented in-house training approaches in other to make all the university staffs from various departments/units on up-to-date computing task in both teaching and office work.

Management of cafe: The unit is charged with running the daily actives of the ICT Internet café; also the unit is responsible for handling of the entire ICT business ranging from diploma courses to selling of IT gadget.

System Admin and Development: The unit is charged with analysis, design, planning, development, implementation and maintenance of all university software, ranging from school website, result calculating software, assignment of responsibility to various university lecturers up to handling of hostel management system.

Learning Teaching Technologies Unit: The Unit is in charge of Managing E-Learning and Teaching content platforms of the university which promote teaching, learning, research and innovation for both staff and students respectively and also offer premium content in database, eBooks, journals, magazines which are resourceful invention apparatus for searching across all ICT/library, Online Education Resources. The unit has the following Responsibilities/Schedules:

  • Online Education Repository
  • E-Learning Centre Management
  • Smart Board Maintenance
  • Jamb Centre Management (Registration/Training/Examination)
  • Computer Based Test CBT Management (GST e-Test/Examination)
  • E-Senate
  • E-Journal/E-Books
  • Video Conferencing
  • Adaptive Training
  • Moodle Platform

ICT Infrastructure in the University

The Federal University Dutse as one of the new universities established in 2011 has come a long way in becoming one of the leading universities in terms of ICT applications. The University itself and some of its good friends like the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) and the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) have invested huge sum of money in executing so many multi-million naira projects in the University. Notable among these projects are:

  • One 250 capacity Computer Based Test Centre
  • Another 200 capacity Computer Based Test Centre
  • Laying of Fibre Optic cables within the campus and from the permanent site of the University to our Teaching Hospital – which is roughly about 10 KM distance
  • Procurement of Laptop Computers – allocated to all our Heads of unit/department, Deans and Directors.
  • One 250 capacity E-Learning Centre under construction
  • Procurement of 20 Triumph Smart Boards – distributed to at least each department in the University
  • Procurement of tablets to all members of Senate
  • Establishment of two Data centers in the University
  • University E-Library
  • University Café

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Chifu E. Ndikilar is a Professor of Theoretical Physics in the Physics Department of Federal University Dutse. He obtained his Ph.D (Theoretical Physics) from MAUTECH Yola, M.Sc (Physics) from University of Jos and B.Sc.(Hons.) Physics from University of Buea. He has been a university lecturer for more than a decade and became a Professor in 2016. He is an active researcher of gravitation and theoretical astrophysics. Some of his other research interests include ab initio quantum computations and boundary value problems. He has over fifteen conference presentations & proceedings and more than 70 articles in peer reviewed journals. Chifu E. Ndikilar has equally published three books and has edited one book. He has supervised many graduate students and serving as external examiner for Masters and Ph.D candidates. He has equally assessed some academic staff for promotion to the rank of reader and professor. Prof. Chifu is a reviewer of research articles in several journals. He is a currently a member of the Editorial Board of Progress in Physics Journal and the Editor-in-Chief of Dutse Journal of Pure and Applied Sciences. He is a member of International Association of Mathematical Physics (MIAMP), Nigerian Institute of Physics (MNIP) and Nigerian Association of Mathematical Physics (MNAMP). He was the pioneer Head of Physics Department, Federal University Dutse. He is currently the Deputy Dean, Faculty of Science and also the Deputy Director, Research and Publications Section, Directorate of Research and Development.

About Us

The Federal University Dutse (FUD), Research and Development Directorate was established sequel to a letter from TETfund dated 22nd June, 2016 requesting the University to furnish it with information on the University’s areas of strength, comparative advantage, deficiencies in research infrastructure, existing research culture and functionality of its R & D directorate. The aim of the FUD, Research and Development Directorate is to facilitate the development and management of research policy in the university. It is to oversee the affairs of research, innovation, collaborations/affiliations/linkages and to increase productivity and sustainable utilization of natural resources under arid and semi-arid condition, thereby improving the living standards of the communities. This directorate will focus on research enhancement and provide a framework for growing and strengthening the intensity, excellence and impact of the University’s research, innovation and artistic creativity initiatives. The R & D Directorate is headed by a Director and is subdivided into three sub directorates:

  1. Research and Publications
  2. Partnership and Affiliations
  3. Innovations and Technology Incubation Sub Directorates

Mission and Vision

Vision

To become one of the leading centres for intellectual engagement, innovations, scholarship, partnerships and the production/dissemination of high impact research in Nigeria.

Mission

To provide a veritable platform for harnessing the research potentials of FUD academics for the promotion of scholarship and high-impact/need-oriented research.

To foster transformative research, partnerships, innovations and creative activity and disseminate the results of these efforts in a manner that maximizes the benefits to society.

To attract outstanding research that will impact on the University host community, catchment area and the nation at large.

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RESEARCH PRIORITIES

The Research and Development Directorate will focus on the following research areas (Thematic Areas) over the period of the Strategic Plan (2016 – 2020):

  • Agriculture (Seed Improvement)
  • Bio-Technology
  • Food Systems
  • Climate Change (Flooding)
  • Disaster Mitigation
  • Cybercrime and Cyber Security
  • Insurgency and Terrorism
  • Forensic Science
  • Community Policing
  • Economic Recession
  • Entrepreneurship/Youth Development
  • Information and Communication Technology (ICT)
  • Solar/Electronics Equipment

RESEARCH STRATEGIES

  1. Organize periodic seminars and capacity building workshops on different aspects of R & D such as writing good research proposals, research ethics, funding and collaborations;
  2. Facilitate innovative interdisciplinary research across the various faculties/college of Federal University Dutse;
  3. Track and maintain a database of all research output from Federal University Dutse, including those sponsored by TETFund and non-governmental agencies;
  4. Organize annual research exhibition for live showcase of FUD research output to the industry and other stakeholders;
  5. Organize an annual Vice Chancellor Research Excellence Award for the FUD Researcher of the Year to promote the spirit of scholarship and sustain research culture in the University;
  6. Superintend over and coordinate all research activities of the university and serve as a one-stop-shop for research in the Universit;.
  7. Develop a Research Policy for the University and present same for Senate approval and
  8. Develop Ethics Committees in each of the faculties/college of the University and supervise their activities.

 

OBJECTIVES

  1. To promote high-impact research in order to transform the University to international standing;
  2. To establish a mechanism for technology/knowledge transfer and product development with the aim of generating spin-offs and intellectual Property (IP) rights in order to make research truly functional;
  3. To act as a link with national and international organizations/institutions and establish a data bank for all partnerships and externally funded research and development project in order to ensure effective coordination;
  4. To establish a database that will collate, collect, store, process and disseminate information on research, publications, innovation and networks for the benefit of the University community and others;
  5. To coordinate all aspect of research, innovation and critical partnerships and advice Senate and the Management on priorities, resources and other related issues in order to ensure effective monitoring, evaluation and feedback;
  6. To continually develop new initiatives, and to set policy, aimed at planning for the improved quality of education and to ensure their proper and timely implementation;
  7. To initiate research proposals in collaboration with other departments, faculties/college and other institutions so as to design programmes for qualitative planning and international benchmarking;
  8. To monitor the implementation of strategic and operational plans to ensure quality, quantity, timeliness and results in relation to planned objectives and expected outcomes;
  9. To prepare Memoranda of Understanding (MOU) in conjunction with the University Legal Unit on related collaborations or partnerships and
  10. To organize workshops, seminars exhibitions and conferences as well as participate in national and international conferences and seminars on research use and application.

 

ORGANOGRAM OF THE DIRECTORATE

Organogram

OFFICE OF THE DIRECTOR

He shall be responsible for providing administrative leadership, which normally includes:

  1. Leading strategic planning for the directorate to ensure that its objectives are aligned with the university’s Strategic Plan objectives;
  2. Overseeing the activities of the sub-directorates for efficient and effective discharge of their respective functions;
  3. Overseeing the proper discharge of administrative duties of the directorate including supervising personnel, financial management and operations;
  4. Head the Research and Development Committee of the University;
  5. Managing the research plan effectively and efficiently, ensuring that accepted standards of research and ethical behaviour are met;
  6. Managing the space needs of the directorate in consultation with appropriate university authorities;
  7. Enhancing the reputation of the directorate and the university by undertaking quality research;
  8. Encouraging and supporting the raising of funds for research, capital and operating funds, including cooperation with the Alumni and other funding agencies and
  9. Inform and advise the University Senate on research and research training matters as they may arise.

 

OFFICE OF THE DEPUTY DIRECTOR RESEARCH AND PUBLICATIONS

  1. To oversee the implementation of the University’ research policy framework and guide towards generating new knowledge in the thematic areas identified in this policy;
  2. To strengthen general research activities of the University by providing benchmarks, training of academic and non – academic staff as the case may be;
  3. To provide climate for collaborative and interdisciplinary world-class researches;
  4. To support indexed publications among staff and upgrade local publication outlets for international listings and indexing;
  5. To vet and recommend to the Vice Chancellor, applications for research grants from the University research funds;
  6. To act as clearing house and disseminator of information on research issues and activities in the University and
  7. To facilitate the publications of research outputs.

 

OFFICE OF THE DEPUTY DIRECTOR PARTNERSHIP AND AFFILIATIONS

  1. To improve the position of the University in the global knowledge production/supplychain networks;
  2. To coordinate partnerships entered into with other institutions, organizations and individuals.
  3. Serve as a one-stop-shop for information, logistics, funding and support for all partnerships, collaborations, linkages, affiliations and networks locally and internationally;
  4. Ensure the execution of the deliverables and terms of all linkages, partnerships and externally generated funding;
  5. Identify mutually beneficial partnerships and ensure the sustainability of existing networks and
  6. To continually follow-up on all partnerships and ensure that they are mutually beneficial.

 

OFFICE OF THE DEPUTY DIRECTOR INNOVATIONS AND TECHNOLOGY INCUBATION

  1. To identify researches and projects across the University that demonstrates clear commercial or social value;
  2. To stimulate technology incubation of new inventions;
  3. To identify potential users (inventors, industry, government and entrepreneurs) of University’s research outputs with the aim knowledge transfer/sharing;
  4. To promote and facilitate Community Incubation for women and youth by teaching beneficiaries how to create value added sustainable businesses with the sole purpose of graduating them either as individual operators or co-operative groups based on available raw materials within their domain;
  5. To develop strong linkages with government agencies and private organizations such as National Agency for Food and Drug Administration Control (NAFDAC), Standard Organization of Nigeria (SON), National Office of Technology Acquisition and Promotion (NOTAP), National Institute of Leather Science and Technology (NILEST), Bank of Industry (BOI), Bank of Agriculture (BOA), National Directorate for Employment (NDE), Industrial Training Fund (ITF), Local Government Councils, Chamber of Commerce, Mines and Agriculture, Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Cooperative etc;
  6. To facilitate the creation of new techniques, technologies, products, new businesses and generating licenses and consultancy emanating from the University’s original research projects;
  7. To provide technical and logistic support in the thematic and non-thematic research areas to generate Intellectual Property (IPs) rights;
  8. To provide incentives and challenge the faculties/college, departments and centres to generate IPs from their original research works and showcase all the IPs so generated locally and internationally;
  9. To develop the capacity of researchers/research groups in IP generating researches;
  10. To create a stock of commercially viable knowledge-based product for the University and
  11. To organize periodic exhibition of Research outputs of the University.

 

RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE

  1. Deputy Vice Chancellor (Central Administration)
  2. Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic Services)
  3. Deans of Faculties/Provost College of Medicine
  4. Directors of Centres,
  5. Faculty Representatives and
  6. Deputy Directors, R&D Sub Directorates (Research and Publications, Partnerships and Affiliations and Innovation and Technology Incubation).

 

STRATEGIC PLAN (2016-2020)

Strategic PlanStrategic Plan

Staff

Director
Name: Prof. Chifu E. Ndikilar
Deputy Director Research and Publications
Name: Dr. Salihu Ibrahim Ismai’l
Deputy Director Partnership and Affiliations
Name: Dr. Philip N. Ndubueze
Deputy Director Innovations and Technology Incubation Sub Directorates
Name: Engr. Salihu D. Ismaila

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