Over 470,000 undergrads applied for second phase of student device programme, says Noraini

BATU PAHAT: A total of 474,311 undergraduates nationwide have applied for device facility under the second phase of the Malaysian Family Student Device Programme, which closed on Sept 30, says Datuk Seri Dr Noraini Ahmad (pic).

The Higher Education Minister said a total of 376,180 applicants were from higher learning institutes (IPT) and the rest from the Education Ministry.

She said from the amount, 58% were from the public and 2% were community college students,

"For Johor, 8,322 IPT student applications have been approved while another 29,103 applications are being processed in stages.

"The ministry is targeting the distribution of the Malaysian Family Student Device to be completed within two months,” she said in a statement Thursday (Oct 6).

Noraini, who is also Parit Sulong MP, presented tablets under the programme to 50 students from the parliamentary constituency here Thursday.

They represent 375 students whose applications were approved at Universiti Tun Hussein Onn (UTHM).

At the same event, she also officiated the handing over of the KPT Study Assistance - Prihatin National Higher Education Fund Corporation (PTPTN) to assist students who are unable to cover the cost of living at their respective IPT.

She said the aid was also expected to reduce students' dependence on education loans thus reducing their debt.

"This assistance involves a total of 38 students in the Parit Sulong parliamentary constituency who are studying at IPT across the country with an allocation of RM19,000.

"Each recipient will receive a living allowance of RM500 on a one-off basis which will be channelled into the student's bank account, which is the PTPTN paying bank,” she said. - Bernama

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