In line with the focus of the Polytechnic, which is technology based, there are supporting academic services put in place to be abreast of development in a global academic environment. These academic services include: the institution’s Library, the institution’s Examination Centre, the Industrial Liaison and Placement Unit and the Information and Communication Technology [ICT] Centre.
The Library services are provided to the polytechnic community from the Main Library at the West Campus of the institution. The library operating system is under automation. However, the institution’s e-library has taken off with 200 terminals. Power supply is by generator and also through inverters. Thus ensuring round the clock power availability.
The library is organised into three main divisions – collection development, readers’ services and technical services. Each division has sections/units. Collection development has Acquisition Unit; Readers services has Reference, Circulation, Serial/Special collection, Reprographic Units; and Technical services has Cataloguing and Audio visual Units. All the sections work hand-in-hand to achieve the goals of the library system. The Units are also interrelated or interdependent for effective administration and the use of the library materials.
The institution has one examination building where all diploma and related examination activities are carried out. The Centre is located on the West Campus of the Polytechnic. The Centre is equipped with well furnished operational offices and a standby electricity generating set to ensure uninterrupted electricity supply. The Centre has computers and reprographic facilities for production of examination materials. The Centre is essentially and exclusively for the use of the Polytechnic Examinations Committee whose membership cuts across all academic departments in the Polytechnic.
Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Centre
The Polytechnic provides information and communication technology services to the academic community from ICT Centre located on the West Campus. The main facility is the ICT West 300 user capacity which is made conducive for academic use. The 3 workshops each have capacity for 100 users and are fully air-conditioned. They are also equipped as a digital Centre. The workshops have the following:
A 1.8m C-Band VSAT dish that provides internet service to 200 computer systems in two rooms powered by 512 kbps Downlink and 128 kbps Uplink Bandwidth.
The 300 systems are fed via 4 Dell Servers (LINUX driven)
The Polytechnic provides wireless internet service via Wi-Fi Cloud radio. This service is available at the East and West campuses provides via installed access points and antennae. This enable access to the internet of the personally owned laptops and wireless-card enabled computers and hand held devices. That is, internet browsing with wireless LAN facilities on personal computers and laptop notebooks within the academic core areas of the institution is equally facilitated from the ICT Centre. The Wi-Fi service has power supply primarily through solar energy.
A 42 KVA electricity generating set is on standby to ensure uninterrupted power supply to the Centre.
Industrial Liaison and Placement Unit
The Industrial Liaison and Placement Unit coordinate the Students’ Industrial Work Experience Scheme (SIWES) and mobilization of prospective graduates for the National Youth Service Corps programme. Both schemes are coordinate in collaboration with the Industrial Training Fund (ITF) and the Directorate of National Youth Corps, respectively.
The Federal Government Policy on technical education makes it mandatory for students of Polytechnics and Colleges of Technology pursuing courses in applied science, engineering and environmental studies to undergo skill training programme in industries for a period before obtaining their diplomas. In pursuance of this policy, the Federal Polytechnic, Ilaro attaches the ND I students in the specified disciplines to both the private and public establishments for a period of three to four months, as an integral part of their academic programmes.