KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 27 (Bernama) — The government on Tuesday announced the setting up of a RM10-million fund to sponsor doctoral students at Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM).
The “Ainuddin Wahid Endowment Fund”, as it will be called, will finance five PhD students at RM2 million per year over five years, said Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.
The fund would be used to sponsor “creme de la creme” students, he said when launching a biography “Ainuddin: Pejuang Degil Melayu” (Ainuddin: The Unyielding Malay Warrior) at UTM in Jalan Semarak, here.
Ainuddin was UTM’s first vice-chancellor.
“The PhD students financed by the fund will also undergo attachment for six months of their studies at one of the leading academic institutions of the world, such as Oxford University, Cambridge University, MIT or Imperial College,” he said.
In his speech, Najib reminded the people not to forget the struggles of past leaders whose contributions had made possible the development enjoyed by them today.
He said this would enable the people to chart a better life for themselves.
Najib also said that he hoped that UTM vice-chancellor Prof Dr Zaini Ujang would be able to carry on the struggle of Ainuddin in charting high-impact success for UTM and enhance its status to a leading national and international university.
The biography, authored by Datin Seri Fatini Yaacob, depicts the life of a Malay warrior with the extraordinary spirit of perseverance buttressed strongly by family and close friends.
Ainuddin, who was born in 1929, holds a civil engineering degree from Bristol University, England, and was feared by contractors for his corruption-free image when he worked was an engineer with the Public Works Department.
In 1968, then Prime Minister Tun Abdul Razak Hussein appointed him as the principal of the Technical College which was upgraded to the National Institute of Technology and then rebranded as UTM on April 1, 1975.
As the leader of an educational institution, Ainuddin helped in the realisation of national development policies, such as the New Economic Policy.
Source : Bernama