The University of Development Studies has issued a warning to its fresh students against joining cultic and other unrecognised associations on its campuses.
Pro Chancellor of the University, Professor Seidu Alhassan, who issued the warning, said anyone found to be in contravention of the directive would be summarily dismissed from the school.
“The University does not tolerate occultism, so whoever is found involved in this would be summarily dismissed and handed over to the Police to face the full rigours of the law,” he said.
He did however not say whether such groups exist in any of the University’s campuses. He was speaking at the matriculation ceremony of the University to marks the climax of admission of students for the 2016/2017 academic year across it’s campuses.
Of the 10,447 applications received by the University comprising 9,834 undergraduate and 627 graduate applications, 6,897 were admitted into various degree and diploma programmes. However, only 3,136 accepted the admissions.
The Tamale campus admitted 935 students for the 2016/2017 academic year; Nyankpala received 305; Navrongo 344 while Wa campus toped with 1,552 students.
Welcoming the students, Prof. Alhassan advised the students to stay away from unregistered groups and associations.
“Dear freshmen and women, you are free to identify and join any legitimate students’ clubs or associations registered with the Office of the Dean of Students’ Affairs. Please be careful not to associate yourselves with unregistered associations on campus,” he warned Decline in admission Prof. Alhassan explained the decline in the number of admissions for the 2016/2017 academic year was necessitated by a change in duration of the medical programme from seven years to six years.
“The decision was taken by the academic board to enable the school of Medicine and Health Sciences to run a conventional medical programme as done in other medical school in Ghana and beyond,” he said.
On safety, he said management has taken a firm decision to enforce the use of helmets by students who use motorbikes on campus and urged staff to set the pace by using helmet.
He said students would have their motorbikes impounded if found ridding without helmet.
“I wish therefore to task Dean’s, Directors, Campus officers, and security personnel at the various campuses to ensure that this directive is implemented”.