The Kwara State Polytechnic recently played host to the first research organised by the institution’s research foundation titled: Research Integrity and Publications Ethics.
According to the Rector, Alh Masud Elelu who was the lead paper presenter there was the need to always adhere to pillars of research, such as clarity, originality, credibility, and other ethical standards by lecturers and students in order to ensure authenticity.
The research foundation is the first of its kind in the history of polytechnics in Nigeria and the aim of the event according to the organisers was to broaden the knowledge base of participants and to contribute positively to academic standards.
In his welcome address, a member of the Board of Trustees, Polytechnic Research Foundation, Pastor Victor Adewoyin noted that the aim of the foundation is to re-engineer the reputation of Nigeria Polytechnics and add value to the existing system.Adewoyin added that since research is the driving force in sustaining development, government at all levels must increase allocations to the polytechnic sector in order not to make the technological growth of the country achievable.
According to him, “the increasing relevance of the polytechnic system in Nigeria must be tackled with innovative ideas and scheme which are key indicators of quality education.”
He therefore solicited for the support of all stakeholders in re-engineering polytechnic research nexus towards achieving a genuinely technical, vocational and entrepreneurial centred polytechnic education.