KUALA LUMPUR: Students who are not selected for national service will not lose out when they apply for entry into public universities if they are active in co-curricular activities in school.
Higher Education Minister Datuk Dr Shafie Mohd Salleh said students participation in national service and uniformed bodies would contribute to the 10% set aside for such activities.
He said students would be given a years notice and this new regulation would be implemented for the 2006/2007 university intake.
Dr Shafie was elaborating on Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razaks recent statement that extra curricular activities would count for entrance into public universities.
Earlier, Star Publications (M) Bhd group editorial/education adviser Datuk Ng Poh Tip said the Star Education Fairs 17th year had a bigger participation.
This year, we have 270 booths with a record of more than 140 local and foreign exhibitors, she said.
Ng also said the Star Education Fund would continue to provide financial aid for deserving and qualified students.
This year, 359 scholarships worth RM10mil are being offered by the fund together with our 44 partners-in-education, both local and foreign, she said.
She said the fund had disbursed more than RM33mil worth of scholarship awards since its inception in 1994.
The fund is divided into two tiers with the first consisting of contributions made by The Star while scholarships in the second tier are from local and foreign higher educational institutions.
Later, Dr Shafie received the pledges from the contributors.
The contributors are Alif Creative Academy, Asia Pacific Institute of Information Technology, Binary University College, Cybernetics International College of Technology, Equator Academy of Art Penang, FTMS, Help University College, Institute Advertising, Communication and Training, Informatics, Institut Perkim-Goon Penang, Kolej Universiti Teknologi dan Pengurusan Malaysia, Inti College Malaysia, Inti College Subang, Inti International College Penang, KDU Petaling Jaya, KDU Penang, Kuala Lumpur Infrastructure University College, Kolej Disted-Stamford Penang, Kolej Tunku Abdul Rahman, Life College, Metropolitan College, Malaysia University of Science and Technology, Nilai International College, Penang Medical College, PJ College of Art and Design, PTPL Shah Alam, Raffles Design Institute, Saito College, SAL Group of Colleges, Sentral Technology Institute Penang, SIT, Stamford College, Sunway University College, Taylors College, The One Academy of Communication Design, University College Sedaya International, Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman, Nottingham University Malaysia Campus, Systematic Education Group, Prime College, Rima College, Limkokwing University College of Creative Technology, Northumbria University and University of East London.