Thursday, May 22, 2008

MIC takes up case for PSD rejects

KUALA LUMPUR: The MIC has appealed to the Government to reconsider the appeal of 187 Indian high achievers who were unsuccessful in their applications for Public Service Department (PSD) scholarships this year.

Party president Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu said Wednesday he made the appeal during a meeting with Chief Secretary to the Government Tan Sri Mohd Sidek Hassan.

He said Sidek was very receptive and promised to do his best to help.

This year, only 72 Indian students received PSD scholarships out of the 2,000 scholarships awarded.

Samy Vellu said MIC secretary-general Datuk Dr S. Subramaniam, who is the Human Resources Minister, Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department S.K. Devamany and MIC Education Bureau chief Prof Datuk Dr T. Marimuthu would also meet PSD director-general Tan Sri Ismail Adam over the issue.

He also urged students, who had appealed through MIC, to inform the party headquarters if they received fresh offers of scholarships from the Government.

“This will help the MIC keep tabs on things. Previously, the successful students did not bother to inform the MIC if their appeals were successful or otherwise, making it difficult for us to gauge our success in securing government scholarships,” Samy Vellu said.

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