THE MIC has so far collected RM169mil for the construction of its university – the Asian Institute of Medicine, Science and Technology (Aimst). This places it well on track to reach the targeted RM400mil needed to complete the project.
MIC president Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu said that although the amount collected to date looked impressive, the party and its members must work harder to source for the balance required to undertake the project.
“We hope to collect about RM220mil by the end of this year and we'll be on target,” the party president and Works Minister told Bernama last week.
So far, MIC branches have contributed RM18mil for the university while Samy Vellu himself has secured RM31mil through various sponsors. The Government contributed RM50mil when the university was proposed in 2001. The balance came from other sources.
The party wants the construction of the university, in Semeling, Kedah, to be completed by May next year and courses to start a month later.
When completed, the campus, located on a 93ha site, can accommodate over 7,000 students. Aimst is now operating from its temporary campus in Amanjaya, Sungai Petani.
Established by the Maju Institute of Educational Development (the educational arm of the MIC), Aimst offers courses in medicine, computer science, information technology, biotechnology and matriculation. The curricula for most of its degree programmes are drawn from Bristol University in Britain.
On student intake for the university, Samy Vellu said that he would ask the Government to send government-sponsored students to the university. “We want all the races in the university. Although it is MIC's university, Aimst will take in students from all races. We want a good mix,” he said. – Bernama