Following the submission from the ICT Committee and the directive by council at its 55th meeting held on Friday, 5th October 2010, the Directorate of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Benue State University Makurdi was established in October 2010 and was mandated to provide IT standards, guidelines and policy, strategic plan, and development in the University.
The ICT Vision is, “To build an effective and efficient ICT Centre that would be a hub to develop and meet the ICT needs of the University, Benue State, Nigeria, and Globally”.
The Directorate of Information and Communication Technology (ICT), is charged with the responsibilities of deploying ICT infrastructure and services for administration, teaching, research, and learning to the University Community.
Below are the foremost functions and schedules of this directorate:
Design, Provision and sustainability of Internet access to the University Community.
Design, Provision and Maintenance of University Area Network.
Help desk support services to the University community on ICT applications and facilities.
Ensuring that the University community has a standard and robust Website through a constant maintenance and updating of the site.
Maintenance of both application software and repairs of computers for the University Community.
Research support through Statistical Analysis of postgraduate and undergraduate research activities in the University Community.
Providing ICT capacity building for staff and students of the University through various training programmes.
Augmenting the revenue generation for the University through the provision of ICT services within and for the public outside the University Community.
Assist departments and units in providing secure, reliable, University wide IT operations;
To Promote Innovative Use of Information Technology that Adds Value to the academic environment
The Benue State University mission to provide a world-class environment for learning, research and community service in this information driven age where intellectual capital is of the utmost value, can only be actualized with a well articulated, well managed information technology strategy. To achieve this, the Directorate of Communication and Information Technology (ICT) is vital to ensure that services delivered are of the highest technical content and of the best quality.
There are a number of on-going ICT projects and future initiatives in the University Community which require an ICT workforce for its sustainability. This workforce is the BSU ICT directorate.
ON-GOING ICT PROJECTS
Some of the on-going ICT projects include: University Management Information System in all the faculties and units of the university, increasing our Bandwidth, design and implementation of Fiber Optics on the University Campus Network, train all registry staff for computer proficiency, Library Services Automation etc.