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Do more for the for the kids, Rosmah tells varsities By Heidi Foo-NST 2009/06/13

Do more for the for the kids, Rosmah tells varsities By Heidi Foo 2009/06/13

Institutions of higher learning have been urged to expand their role by involving themselves in programmes for young children. Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor, wife of Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak, said colleges and universities should follow the way of their foreign counterparts and break away from the academic chrysalis. “Early childhood development is often perceived as trivial and suited only for childcare centres and kindergartens, but through my visit to many well-known foreign institutions, I find that they are also involved in potential development programmes for young children. “Take for example the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland, in the United States, which has organised summer camps for gifted and talented children through the Centre for Talented Youth. “In Singapore, the National University of Singapore has set up a Science and Maths Secondary School to preserve the country’s skilled human capital in the fields of economy and education.” Rosmah, who is the patron of Malaysian Children’s Hope Foundation (MCHF), said this during the launch of Kem Harapan Sapura at Universiti Sains Islam Malaysia (Usim) here yesterday. She was pleased that Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia had organised a programme for talented children during the school holidays. Program Permata Pintarwas aimed at children aged between 9 and 15. Rosmah hoped Usim would adopt a similar approach and create a strategic cooperation with MCHF to embark on a programme for children. Kem Harapan Sapura saw more than 300 orphans and underprivileged children participating in a three-day camp jointly organised by Usim and MCHF, and sponsored by Sapura Group. Present at the launch were Datin Seri Raja Salbiah Tengku Nujumuddin, wife of the Negri Sembilan menteri besar, Usim Vice-Chancellor Professor Datuk Dr Shukor Husin and Datin Yazreen Yahya, wife of Sapura Group chief executive officer Datuk Shahril Shamsuddin.

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USM ‘forced’ to take in 150 applicants-NST

USM ‘forced’ to take in 150 applicants


2009/06/20

PUTRAJAYA: The apex status Universiti Sains Malaysia will take in the remaining 150 of 4,574 applicants who had been wrongly informed that they obtained places at the university. Higher Education director-general Datuk Dr Radin Umar Radin Sohadi said USM would have to absorb them “as there are still places available in the university because of rejection of offers by other applicants”.

“All (150) of them have been placed with USM and they will enrol there,” he said when announcing the status of this year’s applications to local universities at his office yesterday.

The remaining 4,424 affected applicants had succeeded in gaining places at other local universities.

Dismissing claims that the admission of these students would deprive others, Radin Umar said: “They have been screened by USM and are accepted based on merit. They are good in both academic and co-curriculum. USM had vetted the students’ applications just like the others.”

He said, however, not all of them would get to pursue courses of their choice.

“The courses offered to them are based on their academic results and co-curriculum.”

Their enrolment, Radin Umar said, showed that “we do not ignore or sideline them”.

He said it was unfortunate that the blunder had occurred.

“The glitches, however, must not make us lose sight of our visions. We should accept this as a challenge.”

The online blunder by USM in its first direct intake of undergraduates led to some irate parents and applicants causing a ruckus at the university early this month.

The university had mistakenly uploaded the names of 8,173 applicants who had met the minimum criteria, stating they were successful in their applications although the list should only contain the names of 3,599 eligible students.

This had prompted Higher Education Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Khaled Nordin to say that the government would from now conduct a more thorough review of demands by universities to have more autonomy in several fields.

He had also said the government would be more careful before granting autonomy.

A special committee headed by Higher Education Ministry deputy chief secretary (management) Omar Abdul Rahman had been formed to investigate the matter.

A total of 22,000 people had applied for a place in the university.

Admissions to other universities are handled by the University Admissions Unit.

No sir, ‘marks-fixing is acceptable’- thesundaily 30 June 2009

by Tan Yi Liang

newsdesk@thesundaily.com

PETALING JAYA: A former

Universiti Sains Islam Malaysia

(Usim) law lecturer says Higher

Education Minister Datuk Seri

Khaled Nordin has contradicted

his ministry’s stand on

“marks-fixing”.

“He says marks-fixing by

universities is unacceptable

and should be investigated. I

have a letter from the ministry

saying otherwise,” said Yasmin

Noor, who had alleged that she

was victimised and pressured

to quit after refusing to pass

students who had failed her

course.

On Thursday, at the opening

of the annual National Higher

Education Conference, Khaled

said: “I think any attempt to

fix marks is unacceptable. We

cannot accept such things

because it is against professionalism.

“We hope, if there is any

complaint over such matters,

an investigation will be

conducted by the relevant

university.”

Yasmin said: “I complained

to the ministry after I was victimised

in June 2008 but the

ministry only gave its reply in

February 2009.

“The ministry had responded

in favour of Usim,

despite me clearly detailing

the harassment in Usim.

“I had complained that a

senior shouted at me, accusing

me of being a failure and

that I should leave as I am not

suitable to teach in Usim.”

Yasmin, who was with

USIM’s law faculty, said she

only received a letter from the

ministry in February which upheld

the university’s decision

on altering and giving passing

grades to her failed students.

The letter states: “The Usim

Senate acted correctly in its

capacity as the highest authority

in academic affairs and has

the right to request that a student’s

marks be reassessed.

There was no wrongdoing on

the part of USIM.”

“I, therefore, challenge

the minister’s statement and

stand on marks-fixing being

unacceptable. I also never

got to meet the person whom

I complained to in the first

place, Department of Higher

Education director-general

Datuk Radin Umar, what more

the minister.

“I was also not notified that

the matter was being investigated

prior to my resignation

on Dec 18, 2008.

“Why did they not tell me

about this before I resigned,

otherwise I would not have

quit. Why didn’t they tell me

about the letter until February

2009,” she asked.

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Govt aid extended to post-grads in private institutions-Star

Published: Tuesday June 23, 2009 MYT 7:14:00 PM

Govt aid extended to post-grads in private institutions

By FOONG PEK YEE

KUALA LUMPUR: Those doing Masters and Phd in all the 24 local private institutions of higher learning can now apply for Government financial aid from this month.

However, there are conditions.

An applicant must be unemployed, retrenched, without regular income or a fresh graduate.

Those doing Masters programmes will get RM10,000 and those doing PhD progammes will get RM20,000 respectively.

Prior to this, only the country’s 20 public institutions of higher learning and three local private institutions of higher learning were qualified for the aid.

The aid, part of the second economic stimulus package announced by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak in March, would be opened to those who are below 45 (during the time of application) from now, compared to age 35 for applicants for Masters programme and 43 for PhD applicants.

Higher Education Minister Datuk Seri Mohamed Khaled Norden, in a written reply to a question from Tan Sri Ong Ka Ting (BN Kulai), as to whether the Government would extend the aid to local institutions like Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman, said the applicants would also need to have a CGPA2.50 now instead of CGPA2.75 initially.

There are 10,000 places for Masters and 500 for PhD. At the Parliament lobby, Deputy Higher Education Minister Dr Hou Kok Chung said 3,377 applications for Masters and 225 for PhD had been approved until this month.

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