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Wednesday July 9, 2008

Pahang may fund programmes conducted by varsities

TEMERLOH: The Pahang government will consider giving allocations to universities and institutions of higher learning for them to carry out social programmes for the people's benefit.

Lanchang assemblyman Datuk Mohd Sharkar Shamsudin said such programmes were encouraged and would be given full support.

“The programmes will enable local folk to foster a closer relationships with undergraduates.

“Participants can give guidance in the form of advice and tuition to primary and secondary school students.

“They will also get first hand accounts on living conditions of locals, some of whom will be of poor family backgrounds,” he said after launching a community service programme at SM Datuk Bahaman here recently.

Focus on community: Mohd Sharkar (centre) posing with staff and undergraduates of IIU during the programme in Temerloh recently.

About 80 undergraduates and staff of Islamic International University (IIU) participated in the programme.

Mohd Sharkar, who is also the state exco member in charge of Information, Science, Technology and Innovation, said the programmes would provide eye-opening experiences, especially for undergraduates from wealthy family.

“They may become more humble when they realise there are many unfortunate people among them.

“They may see that some of their peers work to help their parents instead of continuing their studies,” he said.

Mohd Sharkar said the efforts of IIU undergraduates should be lauded as they were volunteers.

He said that local folk would welcome the undergrads who could help motivate their children.

“I hope to see more such activities in my constituency.

“Those sitting for public examinations will gain from the assistance of the undergrads,” he said.


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