PUTRAJAYA: The number of Indian students in public institutions has yet to hit the 7% target and the Government will find ways to achieve that number, says Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.
"The Government is studying how it could increase fields of study or increase places at public universities or in matriculation schools.
"We hope through various intervention, you (Indians) can achieve the target in the near future," said the Prime Minister at a get-together programme with beneficiaries of the myNadi Foundation here.
The Government had set a target of Indian students making up 7% of intake at public universities within the next 10 years.
Najib pointed out education and having a close-knit community was vital to tackle the problems affecting the Indian community.
"If you can strengthen these two, then you will be tackling the problems and challenges faced by the Indians at source.
"Providing the Indians with access to quality education, higher education, vocational training and so forth, making sure every individual can realise their maximum potential, is something I would like to see in this country.
"Secondly, you need to be a close-knit community. If you are a fractious community, it will be difficult to uplift the fortunes of your own people. Social cohesiveness is important," said Najib.
The prime minister also said the government will be announcing a special investment scheme for Indians in the B40 income group on April 7, which would benefit some 100,000 households.
Also present at the event was myNadi chairman Datuk Dr S. Jeyaindran.
Formed in 2009, the myNadi Foundation aims to help underprivileged communities in areas of education, welfare and socio-economic development.
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