I welcome you to the College of Science and Technology (CST) which is the oldest college that runs Science and Technology based programmes in the Hassan Usman Katsina Polytechnic, established in 1982, at that time the college was referred to as the School of Science and Technology (SST) later transformed and renamed the College of Science and Technology (CST) in 1990. The college is known for strict adherence to maintaining high standard and good quality teaching and research. The college has graduated quite a substantial number of graduates in science, technology and engineering programmes, these products have served or are serving in various places within and outside Katsina State. The products of the college are being identified as the best in terms of their performance in skills application during the discharge of their professional duties in comparison to graduates from many other institutions. The college now has five departments; it is partly accommodated in the new college complex where the office of the College Director is also accommodated. Relocation to the new college complex, a two-storey building built by the TETFund was smoothly achieved on the 26th of February, 2020.
BRIEF HISTORY OF COLLEGE OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
School of Science and Technology (SST) was one of the two foundation schools at the inception of Hassan Usman Katsina Polytechnic, Katsina. At the time when SST was created, the institution was referred to as the Katsina College of Arts, Science and Technology (KCAST) with campuses based in Zaria and Katsina but with the initial intention of wholesome transfer of the institution to Katsina. KCAST was established in 1973; the advanced commercial courses run in Zaria campus were moved to Katsina in 1979, for the purpose of establishing the Katsina campus of KCAST. These commercial courses paved way for the establishment of the School of Administration and Business Studies (SABS), this was followed by the establishment of SST which started in 1981 and became fully operational in October 1982 with four academic departments namely: Remedial Science (later renamed Science and Mathematics), Engineering, Environmental Studies then Agriculture and Catering Services departments. KCAST was then splitted into two independent institutions in January 1983, Zaria campus became the College of Advanced Studies (CAS), Zaria while the Katsina campus became the Katsina Polytechnic, Katsina with two existing schools, the School of Administration and Business Studies (SABS) and the School of Science and Technology (SST).
The SST took off with four academic departments and eleven programmes.
The four departments with the pioneer Heads of Department are listed below:
S/No Department HOD
- Agriculture and Catering Services Sama’ila T. Gilima
- Engineering Usman Mohammed
- Environmental Studies Aminu Usman (i/c)
- Remedial Science (Science and Mathematics) Umaru Musa Yar’adua (GCFR)
In 1990, the school system of administration in Katsina Polytechnic was phased out and replaced by the college system; this led to the creation of the College of Science and Technology (CST) from SST. Under the school system the SST was led by a Head of School (HOS) while under the college system, the CST is led by a Director.
In 1995 the Polytechnic was renamed, from Katsina Polytechnic to Hassan Usman Katsina Polytechnic after the late Major General Hassan Usman Katsina, Chiroman Katsina, a former Military Governor of the Northern Nigeria who died on the 24th of July 1995.
As the Polytechnic expands, four other colleges were created out of the CST in 2005, the colleges created were; College of Agriculture, College of Engineering, College of Environmental Studies and College of Basic and Remedial Studies. In 2018, College of Vocational and Technical Education was again created out of the CST.
DEPARTMENTS OF PRESENT COLLEGE OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
- Basic and Applied Sciences
- Computer Studies
- Home and Hospitality Management
- Mathematics and Statistics
- Nutrition and Dietetics
Past Heads of School and Directors
S/No Name Period Designation
1 Eng. Usman Mohammed 1981-1984 Head of School
2 Mal. Murtala Dalha Kankia 1984-1990 Head of School
3 Ibrahim Yusuf Kafur 1990-1996 Head of School
4 Mal. Aliyu Abubakar Bakori 1996-2001 Director
5 Mal. Usman Ladan Bakiyawa 2001-2009 Director
6 Mal. Aliyu Abubakar Bakori 2009-2011 Director
7 Mal. Abdullahi Abubakar Charanchi 2011-2015 Director
8 Mal. Yusuf Abdullahi Maikano 2015-2016 Director
9 Dr. Yusuf Lawal Uli . 2016 –date Director
ABOUT THE DIRECTOR
(e-Mail: [email protected])
Dr. Yusuf Lawal Uli [B.Sc. Chemistry (ABU), M.Sc. Analytical Chemistry (BUK), PGDE (UDUS), and PhD Renewable Energy (UDUS)] is the Director, College of Science and Technology as well as the Director, Degree programme, Hassan Usman Katsina Polytechnic; he is a Chief Lecturer, an Analytical Chemist and a specialist in Renewable Energy Studies (Biomass Energy). Some of his work experiences in the Polytechnic were apart from teaching, research and publications over the last three decades; he served also as Assistant Examination Officer and later Examination Officer of former Department of Remedial and Extramural Studies; Examination Officer, Department of Basic and Applied Sciences; College Examination Coordinator for CST; HOD, Basic and Applied Sciences (two times); member Governing Council of HUK Polytechnic, as representative of the Congregation; member of the Management and Academic Boards of HUK Polytechnic; member, Senior Staff Appointment and Promotion Committee (SSAPC); member, Intermediate and Junior Staff Appointment and Promotion Committee (I&JSAPC); member, Examination Malpractice Committee (EMPC); member, Accreditation Committee; member, Polytechnic Juma’at Mosque Committee; member, Polytechnic Housing Committee. His other work experiences are; Chairman, Central Staff Development Committee (CSDC); Chairman, SIWES Committee; Chairman, TETFUND ICT Support Committee; Chairman, Staff School Management Board; Chairman, Comprehensive Secondary School Board; Chairman, CST Standing Committee and Chairman, CST Board of Studies. He has also served in various other committees set up in the Polytechnic. Dr Yusuf has many publications in local and international journals to his credit; he has also attended and/or presented papers at many conferences at local and international levels. His community service experiences include; Chairman, School Board of Dallatu Aminu Primary and Community Junior Secondary Schools, Filin Kanada, Sabuwar Unguwa, Katsina, Chairman, Committee of Anwarul Islam Community Nursery/Primary School Sabuwar Unguwa Katsina, PTA Care-taker Chairman, Rafin Dadi Community Junior Secondary School, Rafin Dadi, Katsina, Secretary, Committee of Ihya’ul Islam Nursery/Primary/Islamiyya Schools, Shararrar Pipe, Kofar Kaura, Katsina and Treasurer, Kwamitin Cigaban Sabuwar Unguwa, Katsina. His professional experiences include; Examiner and Team Leader for WAEC marking exercise and member, NBTE accreditation team. Dr. Yusuf Uli is a registered member of the Chemical Society of Nigeria (CSN), Science Teachers’ Association of Nigeria (STAN) and Teachers Registration Council of Nigeria (TRCN).