Govt helps Indian students enrol in higher learning institutions
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak shakes hand with Indian Progressive Front’s (IPF) president Datuk M Sambanthan (2nd from left) during the IPF’s 25th general assembly in Serdang. Pic by MUHD ZAABA ZAKERIA.
The government has allocated 700 seats for Indian students to study in higher learning institutions as a way to address racial disparity in enrolment.
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak said the move would provide opportunity for the Indian community to succeed at tertiary level.
“I realise that the Indian community’s participation in tertiary education is still low,” he said when closing the Indian Progressive Front’s (IPF) 25th general assembly.
Also present were Barisan Nasional (BN) secretary-general Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor and IPF president senator Datuk M. Sambanthan.
Najib, who is also BN chairman, said the enrolment of Indians in tertiary institutions would remain low without government’s assistance.
He said strict implementation of the policy on meritocracy in higher education could cause Indians to lag behind others.
“The policy was applied not during my leadership but somebody else’s, and it did not help the Indian community.
“If we do not do something about this, maybe the community’s participation will only be at three to four per cent, and not up to seven percent.
“The indian community will then be at the losing end,” he said.
Najib said the government, had for the first time, also allocated 1,500 seats for Indian students in the matriculation programme.