400 matriculation places at AIMST?

June 19th, 2012 by poobalan | View blog reactions Leave a reply »
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This news came as a surprise. As we all know, matriculation students study at matriculation centers. I didn’t know AIMST was selected as one. Thing are still hazy as to what this “matriculation” means.  Is it the same as the government one? Same syllabus, duration, exams and grading? More importantly, can the students apply to IPTA just like other matriculation students? Why is MIC looking for sponsors if its same program? Aren’t matriculation programs sponsored by government? Or is it case of “looks like it, sounds like it, but not it”?  What does it mean by “the matriculation programme at AIMST will carry the same value as the matriculation programme at the government colleges”.  Don’t play with words and provide more details please.

Already tweeted MIC President asking about the above yesterday, but no response till today.


MIC president Datuk Seri G. Palanivel said another 400 matriculation seats will be available for qualified Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia school leavers from the Indian community at the Asian Institute of Medicine, Science and Technology (AIMST) for the 2012/2013 programme.

He said MIC together with AIMST will find sponsors to fund students selected to undergo the matriculation programme at the private university.

AIMST was established by the Maju Institute of Educational Development (MIED), the educational arm of the Malaysian Indian Congress (MIC).

“These 400 seats are offered at a private university (AIMST) while 1,500 are offered at the government colleges.

“However, those 400 students who are qualified to study at AIMST, need not worry about funding because MIC and AIMST officials are now looking for sponsors or funds to fund their matriculation programmes,” he said in a statement Saturday.

Palanivel, who is also a Minister at the Prime Minister’s Department, said that the matriculation programme at AIMST will carry the same value as the matriculation programme at the government colleges.

To date, the Ministry of Education had received 3,000 applications for the 2012-2013 matriculation programme but only 1,500 accepted.

So far, 750 Indian students with SPM have been offered matriculation programmes at the government colleges and the rest of the vacancies will be filled within this month, said Palanivel.

He explained that, once all the seats are filled, the Ministry of Education will send their name lists to MIC for record purposes.

Planivel had previously asked for 1,000 extra seats on top of the existing 500 seats during the MIC general assembly last year

source:  http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2012/6/16/nation/20120616185712&sec=nation


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