The Vice Chancellor of Enugu State University of Science and Technology (ESUT) Prof. Aloysius Okolie, has directed every teaching staff at the university to be registered under one professional body or risk stagnancy in position.
To ensure the directive is followed, the VC said disobedient staff members would not be promoted.
He added that any professor who does not participate in international conferences or workshops for research would remain in his or her position.
Professors who don't attend research classes will also ring stop supervising postgraduate students at the university.
Okoli gave the directives on Wednesday during the 2023 Annual International Conference of ESUT School of Postgraduate Studies, with the theme: “Enhancing and Strengthening the Capacities of Research Supervision in Universities.”
The VC bemoaned the fact that some lecturers cease conducting research once they are promoted to professors, stating that such academic conferences and workshops were a source of fresh ideas, a chance to assess one's career, and a way to interact with other academics.
Dr Jeff Nnamani, the conference's Chairman, lamented the evident absence of professionalism in Nigerian culture and noted that the conference's topic required further in-depth consideration.
Lack of funds, according to Nnamani, is a significant obstacle to both university education and research, adding that such funding should not be pitiful.
Prof Sam Ugwu, the Conference host and Dean of Postgraduate Studies, reiterated research as a barometer for re-engineering the socio-economic and political directions of societies when its results are properly utilised.
According to Ugwu, one of the causes of the international conference was the fact that postgraduate theses and dissertations have consistently fallen short of national and international standards, which has caused great worry among the majority of academic stakeholders.
“The breadth and depth of most doctoral theses have fallen below expectations. Our research outcomes do not synergize with our industries’ needs and thus do not contribute to national development. The Doctoral Academy of Nigeria (DAN) has recently expressed concern over the poor quality of postgraduate research outcomes.
“It is our ardent belief that this conference will offer participants the intellectual opportunities and windows to harvest knowledge to improve our post-graduate education and sharpen our supervision skills. The outcome of this conference will refocus our minds on the essence of research and its outcomes,” Ugwu said.