The National Board for Technical Education (NBTE) has stopped admissions to study computer science for Higher National Diploma (HND) in all the polytechnics and monotechnics across the country.
The development was contained in a memo signed by the Board’s executive secretary, Prof. Idris Bugaje, addressed to rectors, provosts and heads of polytechnics, monotechnics and similar tech institutions across the country.
“Due to emerging trends and the need to strategically position our graduates for a more effective national development, I wish to notify you that the Board has unbundled the HND Computer Science programme run in all institutions under our purview.
“The new specialized areas floated out of the former are as follow: HND Artificial Intelligence, HND Networking and Clouding Computing, HND Software and Web Development and HND Cybersecurity and Data Protection,” the memo reads.
“Consequently, there will no longer be admission into the HND Computer Science programme from the 2024/2025 academic session. Students that have already been admitted in the former programmes are given up to 2025 to phase out. The grace period is to enable concerned institutions to graduate students that were admitted under the old curricular.
“In view of the above, you are requested to kindly to note that admissions from the 2024/2025 academic session into the erstwhile HND Computer Science programme will be only in the aforementioned four specialized areas,” the memo added.