PETALING JAYA, March 18 (Bernama) — One hundred Indian students who obtain first class degrees at public universities will be given full fee scholarships to pursue studies at the Masters and PhD level at public higher learning institutes (IPTAs), Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak announced today.
He said the announcement was to fulfill the promises he made at the launching of the 1Malaysia Indian Student Movement (1MISM) last year.
“In 2011, I announced at the launch of 1MISM that more opportunities for funding will be given to first class honours Indian undergraduates at public universities whereby they can pursue their Masters and PhDs at IPTAs.
“Today, in time for the 2012 intake for post-graduate courses, I would like to announce that the government will ensure that the top 100 Indian students who achieve first class degrees will be given full fee scholarships,” he said at the launching of Sri Murugan Centre’s (SMC) 30th anniversary celebrations at Sekolah Jenis Kebangsaan Tamil Vivekananda here.
In line with the announcement, Najib said the top students could now pursue their post-graduate studies at public universities should they decide to do so.
At a press conference afterwards, the prime minister also announced that a new Sekolah Jenis Kebangsaan Tamil (SJKT) made up of two four-storey classroom blocks would be built in Taman PJS 1 here.
Najib said the school would be named SJKT Tan Sri V Manikavasagam in appreciation of the contributions the late former president of MIC in advancing the Indian community in the country.
“Construction will begin this year itself,” he added.
Source : Bernama