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KPT Receives 269 Applications From PhD Students To Extend Studies

Last update: 28/02/2018
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Higher Education Minister Datuk Seri Idris Jusoh (middle) having a chat with Malaysian students in the United Kingdom (UK) at Malaysia Hall in London. -- fotoBERNAMA by Rosli Awang
From Azeman Ariffin

LONDON, Feb 27 (Bernama) -- The Higher Education Ministry (KPT) will in principle give special consideration to doctorate students under its sponsorship to extend the duration of their studies.

However, its minister Datuk Seri Idris Jusoh said, consideration will be given on a case-to-case basis and the students must apply for the extension by the end of this month.

He said so far the ministry had received 269 applications, of which 65 had been approved for extension.

He said among the cases which would be considered were those which required additional courses, those facing technical problems such as change of supervisors, as well as problems with duration of study.

"We will consider on a case-by-case basis, for instance there are students who are required to complete their studies within four years while the scholarships are for three years, so then we will agree so that they can complete their PhD and return to Malaysia with a clear mind," he told Malaysian journalists here last night.

Idris earlier met more than 100 Malaysian students in the United Kingdom (UK) at Malaysia Hall here to present letters of consent for extension and scholarship to 34 students.

Also present at the event were Malaysian High Commissioner in UK, Datuk Ahmad Rasidi Hazizi and senior embassy officials.

Idris said the extension of scholarship would involve all local and overseas PhD students.

"We will resolve the problems of the students who apply within two months so that they can study and complete their PhD in peace," he said.

Meanwhile, Malaysian PhD student at Oxford University, Hasmila Akmar Omar when met, said she was really grateful to the government for giving special consideration to students who face problems with the duration of studies.

She said many students faced problems extending their studies in the fourth year as the ministry only awarded scholarships for three years.

"The problem has existed since 2016 when the ministry issued a directive that scholarships would be awarded for only three years even though previously the condition was for three years plus six (months) plus six (months)," she said.

Hasmila, a PhD student in biomedical engineering, said with the extension, she could continue her studies which was due to be completed in a few more months.

She added that there had been cases where students had to quit their studies when they faced financial problems after their scholarships were terminated in the fourth year.