THE HASSAN USMAN KATSINA POLYTECHNIC
The Polytechnic came into being following the splitting of Katsina College of Art, Science and Technology (First established in 1973) into two autonomous colleges; Katsina Polytechnic, Katsina and College of Advanced Studies, Zaria. From the time constructing work started up to the end of December 1982 the site was referred to as Katsina campus of KCAST.
The Polytechnic is situated about 5 kilometer outside the ancient city gate of Kofar Kwaya of Katsina town along the Western side of the main road linking Katsina to Dutsin-ma. The Polytechnic land covers a trapezonially shaped area of approximately 1,600 hectres of land. The institution is bounded to teh East by Federal College of Education, Katsina and the Batagarawa low-cost housing estate, to the North by Kastsina Islamic University, Katsina and to the south and West by several farming lands.
Hassan Usman Katsina Polytechnic was established in 1973, initially as a College of Arts and Science. It is now owned by Katsina State Government, sequel to the creation of the latter in 1987. His Excellency, the Executive Governor of Katsina State is Visitor of institution.
Aims and objectives of Hassan Usman Katsina Polytechnic
The Polytechnic was established to achieve the following objectives:
i. To provide courses of study, training and research in Arts, Languages, Science, Technology, Commerce and other Humanities as approved by the Academic Board for the purpose of entry requirements into Universities and other institutions of higher learning.
ii. To offer courses at Sub-Degree, Diploma or other levels in Arts, Languages, Science, Technology, Commerce and other Humanities as approved by the Academic Board.
iii. To provide courses of in-service instruction for members of the public and private sectors to the extent that the Academic Board deems fit.
iv. To promote the advancement of knowledge and its practical application to the need of the community, through teaching, research and other means.
Brief historical background
Academic work started in October 1979 at the Katsina Polytechnic campus with 98 second year students of the Department of Administration and Business Studies who were transferred from the Zaria campus. In the same year 100 students were also admitted into the Department. In the first two years of it’s existence the Polytechnic offered two-year Advanced Certificate courses and one year Introductory programmes in commercial courses. When the former one-tier system of Nigerian National Diploma (NND) was phased out in 1980, it was replaced with the two-tier system i.e. National Diploma (ND) and Higher National Diploma (HND). With this development the Polytechnic adopted the two-tire system in 1980 which continues to operate up to today.
In October, 1980 National Diploma (ND) programmes started in the fields of Administration, Management and Business Studies. In addition, Pre-ND Sciences and Technology programmes were introduced in the same year. Subsequently, National Diploma (ND) programmes in General Agriculture, Electrical, Civil and Mechanical Engineering, Building Technology, Quantity Surveying, Catering and Hotem Management commenced in 1982. From that time the National Diploma and Higher National Diploma programmes of Studies continued to grow in strength and number. At present (2002) the Polytechnic runs more than seventy academic programmes at different levels and fields of study in eighteen Academic Departments.