Make volunteerism compulsory, says chancellor

KUANTAN: Youths, especially undergraduates, should volunteer to serve the community.

Volunteerism may be a factor for youths to secure a job after graduation.

Universiti Malaysia Pahang (UMP) chancellor Tengku Mahkota Pahang Tengku Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah said volunteerism was a test of a student’s mental strength, personality and physical fitness.

Tengku Abdullah said such activities should be made compulsory in universities as it could provide them with a human touch and the application of their knowledge.

“In a study called ‘Willingness To Volunteer Among University Students’ conducted by the counselling centre in Maryland University, United States in 1992, found the number of students with interest in volunteer work was declining.

“There were various reasons for their refusal to participate with excuses like no time, busy with studies and so on,” he said in his speech in UMP’s 5th convocation ceremony here recently.

Also present were Pahang Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Adnan Yaakob and UMP’s vice-chancellor Prof Datuk Dr Daing Nasir Ibrahim.

Tengku Abdullah hoped the university’s management would make volunteerism the main agenda at the campus to further develop students with potential and talent.

In the convocation ceremony, a total of 1,030 graduates received their scrolls comprising doctorate (one), masters (seven), first degree (826) and diploma (196) from Tengku Abdullah.

Tengku Abdullah also awarded honorary doctorate in technology management to Adnan as a recognition for his efforts in making Pahang a developed state.

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