COREN speaks on BSc / HND dichotomy

President of COREN, Engr. kashim Ali. [Photo Credit: coren.gov.ng]
President of COREN, Engr. kashim Ali. [Photo Credit: coren.gov.ng]

The Council for the Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria, COREN, has called on the federal government to approve career progression for technologists to attain grade level 17 in the civil service.

Kashim Ali, president of the association, made the call on Friday in Abuja during a media briefing ahead of the 26th Engineering Assembly of the council.

The theme of the assembly slated to hold between August 7 and 9 is: “Entrepreneurship and Manufacturing in Nigeria: Challenges and opportunities for A Better Future.”

Mr. Ali said the call was necessary so as to address the issues of HND and B.Sc. dichotomy being reported in the media; adding that the engineering family had no issues of disparity.

According to him, HND engineers are registered as technologists, university graduates are registered as engineers and that is the practice internationally.

He said the challenge was that the pay structure in the civil service stagnate the technologists at a certain level adding that COREN position on the issue was clear.

“There is a cadre called technologists, there is another cadre in the civil service called the engineers; the engineers have no problem, they grow to level 17.

“We are not against the salary disparity between the technologists and the engineers but we are also saying, allow technologists to also grow to level 17.

“We do not have that issue among members of the engineering family because all the cadres have representatives in COREN council,” he said.

Mr. Ali said the COREN engineering assembly was to update the knowledge of members of the engineering family and share ideas on emerging issues in the practice of the profession.

He said the idea was to bring all cadres of engineering personnel together to discuss issues that would promote the practice of the engineering in the country.

Mr. Ali said the Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo, was expected to be the special guest of honour at the opening ceremony of the event while Governor Tanko Al-Makura of Nasarawa State would be the chairman of the occasion.

(NAN)


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  • thusspokez

    According to him, HND engineers are registered as technologists, university graduates are registered as engineers and that is the practice internationally.

    Balderdash! Where internationally, exactly

    • Mike Ezennia

      They are simply playing the Nigeria brand of politics that doesn’t let things work! I think the taste of the pudding is in the eating. Coren should restructure period!

  • thusspokez

    “There is a cadre called technologists, there is another cadre in the civil service called the engineers; the engineers have no problem, they grow to level 17.

    What you have is remnant of the British class system. Two equal academic qualifications but one treated as lower class.

    A technologist is any expert in a particular technology. A holder of Diploma, Bsc, Msc, Ph.D is a technologist if he or she is an expert in a particular technology. One doesn’t become an engineer because one has a university degree; one is called an engineer only if one is involved in the conception, design, build, deployment, and maintenance of hard or soft systems.

  • Oladele

    Despite all the polythenic practicals and the years spent in campus eventually ascend them as a technologist because of ur unseen corruption. ……….This country is not moving forward at all. I just completed my ND now, Civil engineering to be precisely but Sir u have discouraged me sincerely speaking

  • Charles

    I UNDERSTAND THE FRUSTRATION OF THE HND GRADUATES, BUT THE TRUTH IS THAT THE TRAINING ARE DIFFERENT, THOSE THAT MADE IT TO THE POLYTECHNIC TO GET HND, DID SO SO BECAUSE THEY DO NOT HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO THE UNIVERSITY TO GET BSc. AS OF THEN.