Speaking to packed audience

APPLICANTS for The Star Education Fund are reminded not to change their contact number until they are called for an interview.

Its manager Susanna Kuan said many a time when they tried to contact the students shortlisted for an interview, they found the number no longer in service.

“Youngsters tend to change a new mobile number from time to time, forgetting that they have actually filled in the previous number in their application forms.

“They will miss their chance if we are unable to contact them. As for those attending the national service camp in March, please state your parents’ contact number in the application form column so that we can reach them,” she said when conducting a talk on The Star Education Fund during the Star Education Fair 2010 which ended yesterday.

It was a full house at the function room in PISA with parents and students filling up the seats to listen to talks conducted by speakers on funding higher education, engineering, options after SPM and applied health science.

Earlier during a talk on loan from Perbadanan Tabung Pendidikan Tinggi Nasional (PTPTN), its senior asisstant manager Zubir Che Embi said the those who had taken up loans with them would only be required to start paying six months after graduating.

“We are only charging a flat rate interest of 1% and if students settle the loan within six months upon completion of the course, no interest will be charged.

“Those with a family monthly income of less than RM3,000 will also receive RM1,500 as advance payment to help them pay the deposit for courses in public institutions of higher learning,” he said.

A day earlier, forensic medicine head of department Datuk Dr Bhupinder Singh and delegation head of Engineering Accreditation Council Datuk Prof Eric Goh were among the speakers at the career talk.

Dr Bhupinder Singh urged potential students to deliver their work well and be dedicated in the field.

“Don’t study forensics just because you watch the CSI series but do it because you want to help the public and give everyone a fair chance in court.

“Many a time, family members are unhappy when we need to conduct post-mortem and we will have to explain to them that it is necessary to determine the cause of death,” he said.

On whether he believed in the existence of life after death, Dr Bhupinder Singh said he had always believed in the “abnormal being” but he had never come across any.

Prof Goh gave students a look into the future by telling them not be surprised to see cars travelling underwater in the future as engineering had improved so much.

“I am sure that some engineer will come out with such technology one day. This is just some of the marvels where one can make it big in engineering.

“The up and coming technology after nanotech is green technology. Perhaps one of you would like to come out with a solar self-charging mobile phone?” he told participants who attended his talk on sustainable engineering excellence.

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