CU, Set to Collaborate with Ashok Layland Group
Covenant University prepares to enter into partnership with Ashok Layland, a company that has been in the commercial industry sector as a technology leader for over six decades. The company’s products range spans from 2.5 T GVW (Gross Vehicle Weight) to 49T GVW (Gross Trailer Weight) in trucks, from 18 Seaters to 80 Seaters in buses, defence vehicles and a host of special application vehicles and diesel engines for automotive, industrial, gen-set and marine applications.
While speaking at a meeting with a team, representing the University at the company’s head office in Lagos, the Country Manager of Ashok Layland, Nigeria, Mr. Nujum Riyaz, stated that the company is committed to partnerships that can change the current state of affairs in the nation. He expressed the company’s desire to create synergy and build capacity in order to move the industry forward towards national transformation.
Moreover, Mr. Riyaz revealed that Ashok was committed to human capital development as a major means of enforcing development in the nation. To this effect, he said, the company is willing to collaborate with the University in training and mentorship programmes for the engineering students of the University.
In his remarks at the meeting, the leader of the Covenant University team to Ashok Layland, who is also the Director, Vision 10:2022, Professor Christian Bolu, stated that the University was eager to collaborate with Ashok Layland in the areas of mentorship programmes which the University tagged ‘Town and Gown Seminars,’ where the industry is brought in to help mentor students in diverse fields of interest. He also mentioned the area of internship programmes. “This is done,’ he said, “to properly integrate the students with the nitty-gritty of their future careers in order to prepare them for the real world after graduation.”
Professor Bolu further broke down the details of the University’s areas of interest in the collaboration, as well as what Ashok stands to gain from it. He expressed optimism that the meeting, which was rounded off on an agreeable note, would lead to a highly impactful Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) that would move the two institutions forward unto greater impact. Consequently, a date was fixed for the inspection of the company facilities, which includes a state-of-the-art factory, by the Covenant University team.
Also present at the meeting were some members of the College of Engineering, a member of the Directorate of Industry Partnership and a member of the Directorate of Media & Corporate Affairs.