TANJUNG MALIM, April 13 – Universiti Pendidikan Sultan Idris (UPSI) today signed a memorandum of understanding with the Socio-Economic Development of Indian Community (SEDIC) Unit to collaborate in carrying out a study on the ‘Indian Community Socio-Economic Development Programme’.
UPSI was represented by the programme’s chief researcher, Dr M. Kannamah and SEDIC, by its director of Policy, Planning and Research, Kuhan Pathy. The signing was witnessed by UPSI vice-chancellor, Prof Datuk Dr Mohammad Shatar Sabran and SEDIC director-general, Prof Datuk Dr N.S. Rajendran. SEDIC is a unit under the Prime Minister’s Department which coordinates and oversees the execution of initiatives outlined in the Malaysian Indian Blueprint.
Mohammad Shatar, in his speech, said the MoU was aimed at, among others, studying how far the job opportunity and entrepreneurial factors had influenced the Indian community and at ensuring that the education and lot of the community, especially its young generation, were taken care of. “It is also to study the patriotic spirit among the Indian community, and to ensure that their needs are sufficiently met. “This study is in line with the government’s aspiration to realise the ‘People First’ objective regardless of race,” he said at the MoU-signing ceremony held at UPSI Sultan Azlan Shah Campus, Proton City, here.
Meanwhile, Mohammad Shatar noted that various initiatives were made at UPSI to ensure that each undergraduate, regardless of race, was given every opportunity to excel in their chosen field of study. He shared that UPSI had also produced over 80 graduates for the Bachelor’s Degree in Education (Tamil Language). He said most of them served as schoolteachers, proving the significant need of studying the language in this country. – BERNAMA