KUALA LUMPUR: Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi on Saturday announced immediate steps to enhance education among Malaysian Indian students, either at school or university level.
He said among others, the Government had agreed to turn more capital-aided Tamil schools, many of which are in the rural areas, into fully-aided schools.
"The Government will also speed up the process of merging and consolidating the Tamil schools that have less than 50 students," he said in his speech when opening the 62nd MIC Annual General Meeting at the Dewan Merdeka, Putra World Trade Centre here.
Abdullah said the Government also agreed that students from the MIC-run Asian Institute of Medicine, Science and Technology (AIMST) University in Kedah would be allowed to apply for scholarships from the Public Services Department.
The move would make AIMST University the fifth private university to enjoy such a facility after institutions like the Monash University, Swinburne University and the University of Nottingham, among others.
Also present at the one-day meeting were Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, MIC President Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu and some 3,300 delegates, including MIC branch leaders nationwide