Malaysia has given scholarships to 323 Malay Indian students this year

May 23rd, 2009 - 4:55 pm ICT by ANI  

S. Samy Vellu Petaling Jaya, May 23 (ANI): Malaysia’s Public Service Department (PSD) has awarded scholarships to 323 Indian origin students this year.

Malaysian Indian Congress secretary-general Dr S. Subramaniam said that out of this, 171 were for foreign degree programmes while 152 were awarded to students pursuing courses at the five local universities recognised by the department.

The universities are the Asian Institute of Medicine, Science and Technology (AIMST); Curtin University of Technology, Monash, Nottingham and Swinburne.

Subramaniam, who is also the Human Resources Minister, said 240 Indian students - many with top grades - had made their appeals to the department after failing to get the scholarships.

“I have discussed this matter with the department and we are expecting a decision next week,” The Star quoted him, as saying.

Subramaniam added that he had also brought up the matter with party president S. Samy Vellu.

“MIC has been receiving many appeals, especially for the overseas scholarships. We have identified the potential students, whose appeals can be considered by the department,” he said.

Last year, 163 Indian students were awarded PSD scholarships for the overseas degree programmes. (ANI)

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