Akko - The Federal Government has released a total of N3.5 billion for development of infrastructure in the newly-established Federal University in Gombe State.
Prof. Kabir Farouk, the vice-chancellor of the institution, announced this at a news conference in Kashere on Monday.
He said the first grant of N1.5 billion was used in providing two male and one female hostels, two faculty buildings, a student centre and academic and administrative offices.
Other facilities provided with the fund, he said, are science laboratories, classrooms, information and communication centres, vehicles, works and physical planning buildings, a clinic and a library.
Farouk said the second grant of N2 billion, which was given through the Tertiary Education Fund (TETFUND), would be used in providing a befitting library, senate building, ICT-centre and other faculty buildings.
He said the institution was committed to excellence and integrity in the pursuit of knowledge.
"The Federal University in Kashere is an institution that is committed to excellence and integrity in the pursuit of knowledge within an environment that respects diversity, the worth of the individual and academic freedom.
"It is also committed to service, learning and a shared responsibility for applying knowledge and skills, to address interrelated issues affecting local, national and global communities."
The vice-chancellor said that in order to prepare a solid and befitting foundation for academic excellence, the university had invited teams of academics and experts from the US to host a workshop for its academic staff.
"The workshop is intended to expose our academic staff to the global concepts of imparting knowledge to students, and to prepare their mind for global competition in the academic sphere,'' he said.
Farouk said academic activities in the institution began on Monday with the registration of the 315 pioneer students admitted into the Faculty of Humanities, Management and Social Sciences and the Faculty of Science.
He said that students were admitted to study accounting, business administration, economics and development studies, geography, history and diplomatic studies, political science, sociology and Islamic studies.
Farouk said the courses in the faculty of science included biology, chemistry, mathematics, physics and computer science.