VC aspirants propose solutions to transcript delay


By Praise Olorunfemi

After the presentation of each aspirant for the Vice-Chancellor position, at the Town Hall meeting held in Trenchard Hall, participants were allowed to throw questions at the aspirants.

One of the questions that address students’ challenges was asked by one Adekoya Adesewa. She said, “over the years, graduate students who applied for transcript, have had to wait longer, or even missed the purpose for applying to those transcript, the process involved in transcript collection is cumbersome and time wasting, which has made such student to miss the purpose of their collection…” Adesewa queried the VC aspirants on their individual plans to solve the problem. She also lamented that the amount charged for the student copy of the transcript is high.

The first aspirant to attempt the question was Prof. Faweyinmi, who explained why the process took a lot of time and also comes with a high price. He explained that the registry records of students have not been automated, hence the longer period of time it takes going through data sorting. He further explained that the delivery of transcripts is being done most times via courier services, which is another factor beyond the control of the university.

To solve the problem, Prof. Faweyinmi, said he would make sure the process gets automated, so much that these students, will be able to get their transcripts from any part of the word, like it is being done in universities in developed countries. This will shorten the length of time, he said.

in his response, Prof. Rasaq Kalilu was more detailed about the automation or digitalization process of transcript issuance. He talked about creating a combinative result database for students, right from their undergraduate to post graduate level, and also that of post graduate also. He asserted that this process if implemented will enable all students to have access to an automated data bank for their results, once they are approved by the senate; the students would be able to print from any part of the world that they are.

Each of the aspirant who were present physically, were given one minutes to answer the questions about the issues of transcript, and every one all talked about automating and digitalising the whole process, to reduce the generation of transcripts to a maximum length of 72 hours to 24 hours.

Hopefully, the University of Ibadan will be going digital as far as transcript processing is concerned, if any of these aspirants get elected as Vice-Chancellor.

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