KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 28 – Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak will launch the Indus Education Foundation (IEF), aimed at helping Indian students to pursue their tertiary education here tomorrow. IEF director Datuk Ravin Ponniah said the foundation wanted to uplift the socio-economic status of Indians.
He said it aimed to help talented and eligible students from the middle- and lower-income families to pursue their education in private higher institutions within Malaysia through interest-free financial support in the form of loans, fellowships, scholarships and bursaries. “The crux of the foundation is to eradicate poverty through education. IEF chairman Tan Sri G. Gnanalingam partnered with the government to expand educational opportunities for Indians.
“Despite scholarships and loans, there are a number of bright students who fail to obtain financial aid. “This is where we come in to bridge the gap,” he said yesterday. Another IEF board member, Ve. Elanjelian, said the fund committee would look at the needs of high-achieving students who were unable to finance their higher education and allocate funding derived from government and public assistance.
“Bright students should have the opportunity to pursue their dreams. The IEF financial aid will support most higher education courses for students. “Preference will be given to professional courses like engineering, pharmacy, architecture, surveying, law and accountancy. “Their parents’ gross monthly income should not exceed RM8,000.
“The financial assistance does not cover studies in medicine, dentistry and pilot training.” The basic academic requirement is a score of 7As and above for pre-university enrolment while undergraduate studies require 2As and above for those with a certificate in Sijil Tinggi Persekolahan Malaysia and A Levels. For those signing up for matriculation, foundation and diploma levels, a cumulative grade point average of 3.1 and above is required. Najib will launch IEF at the HGH Convention Centre (D’Galaxy) torrow at 11am.