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Admission: Selecting 3,000 out of 15,000 applicants is not easy – ATBU VC

The Vice Chancellor of Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University ( ATBU) Bauchi, Professor Saminu Abdulrahman Ibrahim has explained that the University strives to be fair in the award of admission to students.

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The Vice Chancellor was quoted in a statement while addressing members of a group, Public Awareness on Social Change Initiative (PASCHI) when they paid him a courtesy visit in his office over the weekend.

The statement signed by the Director, Public Relations, Dr Andee Iheme quoted the VC saying that the admission policy for universities was that 45 percent should be on merit, 35 percent for catchment areas and 20 percent to be reserved for educationally disadvantaged states.

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He said it has not been easy for the university to select only 3,000 candidates from over 15,000 who apply to the university annually.

"The university must apply due diligence to reflect the ‎federal nature of its mandate,"he said.

According to him, Bauchi state benefited from all the ‎criteria and has a reasonable percentage of the students’ population.

Professor Ibrahim commended the group for it’s advocacy on development and encouraged them to be focused and take information on social media with caution in order to preserve the group’s reputation.

Speaking earlier, the Secretary General of the group, Alhaji Sulaiman S.K said that the group was formed by indigenes of the state to engender positive‎ change.

He said that the group will partner with other organisations to initiate socio-economic change and advise governments at all levels as well as public organisations.

In his remarks,‎ Bauchi South chairman of the association, Saleh Idris commended the Vice Chancellor for the success he has recorded in developing the academic and physical structures of the university.