Univen registration gets a thumb up from Deputy Minister of Higher Education and Training, Mr Mduduzi Manana
The honourable Deputy Minister of Higher Education and Training, Mr Mduduzi
Manana accompanied by senior members of his staff, visited the University of
Venda on Tuesday, 15 January 2013.The aim of the visit was to evaluate and assess
the impact of the “Apply now/Khetha Career Guidance Campaign’’
aimed at encouraging matric learners to apply early for admissions at the institutions
of higher learning to avoid long queues at the beginning of the year. The event
which was held in the University of Venda Council Chambers, was attended by
among others members of Council, senior management and SRC members.
The Vice Chancellor and Principal, Prof Peter Mbati welcomed the Deputy Minister
and assured him of UNIVEN’S core project.
The Deputy Registrar, Mr Humphrey Mugwedi made a presentation on selection
and registration of students.’’ As part of registration management
plan and in particular to reduce long queues, 300 computer stations were made
available for online registration’’, said Mr Mugwedi. He reported
that there are 1 834 first year students who have been admitted as on the 14th
January 2013 while late application for admission goes on. He reiterated that
the target for new intake remains at 3000 in order to maintain the 11 000 target
for 2013. He concluded with a reminder that the last date for registration is
the 26 of February 2013.
‘’We are here as an attempt to assess the impact of our Apply now/Khetha
Career Guidance Campaign launched last year in June following a tragedy in University
of Johannesburg in which a parent lost her life during stampede while assisting
her son to register’’ said Mr Manana. Again, the visit was to find
out challenges related to registration of new students and also to show support
during this difficult process. He commended Univen for the growing student enrolment
numbers, infrastructure development, increased graduation and pass rates. While
acknowledging good relationship between the SRC and management, he encouraged
student leadership to continue to engage management in a more responsible manner
on issues that affect the student body such as bursaries.
Mr Manana paid a courtesy visit to students who were busy registering online
and wished them well in the 2013 academic year. He encouraged them to use this
facility as it is aimed at shortening registration process and also to reduce
long queues. He also interacted with first time entering students who were on
queues. All students who interacted with the Deputy Minister confirmed that
registration process was much faster due to the on-line registration which has
been introduced this year. Mr Manana later visited the Disability Student Unit
to get an eyeful of available facilities and equipment. Ms Tshifhwa Mbuvha,
Head of the Disability Unit, explained to the Deputy Minister that the Disability
Student Unit (DSU) supports students with various disabilities including: visual,
hearing, physical, speech impairment and chronic diseases (diabetes/epilepsy).
Mr Manana had an opportunity to interact with some final year disabled students
and motivated them to enrol for post graduate studies.
Mr Gadisi, Material Production Technology Practitioner, demonstrated to the
delegation how some technological facilities inside the Unit operate. The delegation
was impressed with the quality of the technological equipment available to assist
students living with disabilities in the Unit.