Centre for Preliminary and Basic Studies (CPBS) was set-up as a separate entity as from 2002/2003 academic year to administer the operation of Pre-ND Programme and it was then known as Centre for Preliminary Programme (CPP).
Previously Preliminary programmes were being run alongside with the regular school programmes such as ND and HND. The purpose was to update the General Certificate of Education (GCE) ordinary level and SSCE Pass Grades of potential National Diploma Candidates to Credit Level Passes as a prerequisite to undergoing National Diploma.
Pre-ND programme is a terminal programme; therefore its students are not regarded as regular students of the institution.
Presently, the Centre for Preliminary Basic Studies (CPBS) is up-graded and became an autonomous body of the institution in 2008. Additional responsibilities were given to the Centre as a result of the autonomy. Their responsibilities include running of (1) IJMB (2) Basic Studies Programme (3) Professional Courses.
The Centre has a Board of Management being headed by a Director who must be of a Senior Principal Lecturer Status. All Faculties and Satellite Campuses offering Pre-ND programmes are represented by a Co-ordinator each.
The administrative section of the Centre is headed by an administrative staff of Deputy Registrar Status or other very high rank officer like a Principal Assistant Registrar (PAR) with his supportive officers.
Presently the Pre-ND programme is mainly for Engineering, Science and Environmental Students.
Vision and Mission of the Centre Include
(i) Improve the quality of many students that are coming into ND Programmes through tutorial, lecturing and testing
(ii) Meet the admission quota allocated to the state
(iii) Since the Pre-ND programme is run for 6 months, the list of successfully students to be admitted into ND programme is usually ready ahead of resumption
(iv) Generate extra fund for the institution and this can be used to improve teaching facilities.