IPOH: MIC plans to build its first branch campus of the Asian Institute of Medical Science and Technology (AIMST) in Perak.
Its president Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu said Perak was chosen following Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Mohd Tajol Rosli Ghazali's pledge to allocate a 40ha site with a special premium rate for the institute.
“We hope to identify a suitable site before June and submit an application to the Education Ministry for approval,” he said after opening the Perak MIC convention where Tajol Rosli was the guest of honour.
Samy Vellu said the branch campus would offer all technology courses but students would be required to do their final year at the AIMST's main campus in Kedah.
On the AIMST, he said the party had collected RM170mil and was short of another RM235mil.
“With the hard work and commitment put in by all party members, we are confident of collecting the remaining amount for the construction of AIMST,” he said, adding that the construction was going according to schedule and expected to be completed in May next year.
He also praised Perak MIC for collecting more than RM3mil for the AIMST building fund, emerging as the second state with the highest collection.
Samy Vellu also said MIC had set up a Tamil Schools’ Action Council to improve the performance of students in Tamil schools.
“We hope at least 3% of students in Tamil schools get 7As for this year’s Ujian Penilaian Sekolah Rendah (UPSR) compared to 1.4% achieved previously,” he said.
The one-day convention also passed four resolutions.
Among them was to call on the Perak government to convert the land status of several Tamil schools built on estate land so that they could be recognised as fully-aided government schools.
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