SUNGAI PETANI: The MIC will only give study loans to Indian students who possess the Sijil Tinggi Pelajaran Malaysia (STPM) qualifications to pursue degrees in medicine in overseas countries.
Party president Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu said the move, with immediate effect, was to ensure the students possessed sound basic education in science subjects and had good grades.
He said that there had been complaints that some students doing medicine in foreign countries only had Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) qualifications.
In fact there were reports of some SPM students with low grades being admitted into medical colleges in foreign countries, Samy Vellu told reporters after chairing the monthly Central Working Committee (CWC) meeting here late Thursday.
He said this was one of the issues raised following the recent problem in the Malacca Manipal Medical College where the Malaysian Medical Council had imposed certain conditions for the college.
There is a fear that the Government might review the recognition given to some medical colleges in foreign countries which had taken in underqualified students, Samy Vellu said.
He said that there were several hundred Malaysian students pursuing medicine programmes in universities in Russia, Crimea, Ukraine and Indonesia, with many Indians getting loans from MICs Maju Institute of Educational Development (MIED).
The MIED, the partys education arm, had given out an average of RM6mil to RM7mil a year in the past few years but last year the party gave out the biggest allocation of RM12mil to over 944 students studying in local and foreign universities.
Samy Vellu advised parents to ensure that their children had the necessary qualifications before enrolling them in medicine degree programmes in foreign countries.