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.

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