The University of Ibadan (UI) has said the motive for its “Open Distance Learning” (ODL) is to proffer solution to problem being faced by university education seekers.

It stated that it would encourage youths seeking admission into universities across the country, who were being denied their aspirations by the Joint Admission Matriculation Board (JAMB) cut-off marks.

UI said the increasing population of admission-seekers compared to limited infrastructure and space in universities was a great concern, which was one of reasons that gave birth to ODL.

Speaking with reporters in Ibadan at the launch of the programme, the Director, UI ODL Centre, Prof. Emmanuel Omobowale, said many qualified youths had been denied university education due to their failure to meet JAMB cut-off marks.

He lamented that some of the youths after fruitless years of trying to gain admission turn to social vices or migrate to other countries instead of wasting their productive years at home.

He said UI, being the first and the best university in Nigeria, was taking the lead to accommodate more qualified candidates, via the UIODL mode.

According to him, qualified candidates who participated in the just- concluded JAMB examination will have the same opportunity to study at the centre to obtain a degree of the university.

“Special consideration is available to category of candidates who ranked below 200 in the examination and desire to gain admission into the University of Ibadan, provided they have five relevant credits in WAEC or NECO.

“Admission requirement via the hybrid UI-ODeL is the same standard as the conventional mode, and as stipulated on the university’s website

“The UI-ODeL is a mode of studies facilitated by the use of robust educational technologies. At the University of Ibadan ODeL, we have an integrated educational delivery and management system, which is optimised with course webinars that can cater for 100,000 learners.”

“After all the enriching interactions, learners are able to meet with their course lecturers face-to-face for revision before examination. Examination administration for learners is made easy with our 1500 capacity Computer Based Test (CBT) Centre with a Waiting Hall that can accommodate 1,000 learners at a time.

“Candidates who sat for the just concluded JAMB Examination and ranked below 200 points in the examination and desire to gain admission into the University of Ibadan that the university has opened access to all, they can now consider to change their mode of study to ODeL on the university’s platform: http said ://modeofstudy.ui.edu.ng.”

Omobowale said strike by lecturers does not affect ODL because of the programme’s technology.

He, however, said their fees was much low compared to what other Distance Learning Centres across the country charged.