PUTRAJAYA, Jun 21 – The MIC Youth Scholarship programme is offering scholarships worth RM16.8 million for 1,500 Indian students from underprivileged families to pursue higher education in academics and skilled subjects. MIC president Datuk Seri Dr S. Subramaniam said the scheme was organised by MIC Youth in collaboration with leading private higher education institutions in the country which came up with the amount.
“Since the programme was first introduced in 2012, this year’s amount marks the highest ever offered to assist Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) and Sijil Tinggi Pelajaran Malaysia (STPM) school leavers,” Subramaniam, who is also Health Minister, said at the launch of the scholarship programme here today.
The scholarship is divided into three types namely full scholarship, partial scholarship and special student discount scholarship. He said the scheme which gives priority to the scope of the study in accordance with the flow and economic priorities under the National Key Economic Areas (NKEA) will ensure that all qualified students can continue their studies, especially those with financial constraints.
Indian students who drop out or do not get good exam results are also taken into consideration as RM1.8 million from the RM16.8 million available had been allocated especially for Skill Training Scholarships, for these students to study at skills training centres or institutes across the country, he said. Among the higher education institutions involved are Segi University, Help University, Binary University, Kuala Lumpur Metropolitan University College and 26 skills training centres nationwide. — Bernama