No Chancellor, No Convocation, Three Years After Being Upgraded To University Status!
More than 1,800 graduates of Universiti Darul Iman Malaysia in Terengganu have yet to receive their scrolls or don their graduation robes even though some graduated three years ago, Kosmo! reported.
This is because the university has yet to hold a convocation ceremony since it was upgraded to university status three years go.
According to the report yesterday, students had been trying to ask the university when the convocation would be held but the staff did not seem to know.
In an immediate response, Deputy Higher Education Minister Datuk Idris Haron gave his assurance that the convocation would be held once a chancellor was appointed.
“I am sure it will be held this year and we will not disappoint the graduates and deprive them of such an important day,” he said. (The Star)
***** Three years have passed since the upgrade to university status was announced and yet there has been no convocation and worse still, no chancellor! I wonder what the Education Minister has to say about this sad state of affairs?
It's all well and good to go around upgrading colleges to universities and creating new varsities in every nook and corner of the country. But if they do not perform or maintain the standard required, then it is incumbent upon the authorities to take appropriate action to remedy the situation.
Everyone knows that a lot of political wheeling and dealing goes into the setting-up of varsities without proper evaluation, but that will not change any time soon. If there are votes to be won by the ruling party in announcing university upgrades and the creation of new ones, you can bet your last ringgit that the government will continue to do so with gay abandon. So what if there is no chancellor or a convocation? The votes are more important than varsities that perform. 'Malaysia Boleh' comes to mind.