The Protector of Education
Past few days, we have been reading news about Allianze University College Of Medical Sciences (AUCMS) fiasco where its medical students unable to continue their studies due to their university’s financial crisis. iTimes.my approached MIETA, the Malaysian Indian Education Transformation Association’s President, Mr.Elangovan for an interview regarding this. We take this opportunity to thank him for sparing his time with us despite relentlessly working to seek justice for the victims.
When we request him to explain the fiasco, he said the university was started back in the year 2002 focusing on medicine and medical related courses. The university was founded by Datuk Dr Zainuddin Md Wazir who is also the current president of AUCMS. The university has been recruiting students for 17 types of courses ranging from certificates, diploma and degree programs. The university has invested in setting up another university in oversea next year. As a result they caught up with financial crisis and unable to even pay the lecturers since early this year. This has forced many lecturers to quit and not turning up for classes. It was reported that the university owe an outstanding payment RM 800,000. About 400 students have been victims of this turmoil.
Following instructions from the Ministry of Education, AUCMS students had enrolled in other institutes to continue their studies while the university college sorts out its financial situation. However, after registering and paying the fees, these students were informed that their chosen institutes would exceed the lecturer-to-student ratio set by the Malaysian Medical Council (MMC) and they would have to be placed in other institutions. The students and parents were totally astounded. The issue was then came to MIETA’s attention, said Elangovan.
The parents and students expressed their plight and we decided to take up the issue and resolve it. We brought up the issue to Ministry of Health and Malaysian Medical Council. We held continuous meet up and discussion with them. Thought we thought it is reasonable to accept the lecturer to student ratio as a core reason for the non-acceptance, but we are reluctant to agree. When Egypt face political crisis years back, Malaysian medical students were brought back and placed in Malaysian Universities. We asked, if it works well then, why not now? Based on the valid points that we put forward, we hoped the government will give us a positive reply. Later in the evening today, the government reverted that they are currently ordered relevant department to do syllabus mapping as their course will change from MD to MBBS. Hopefully in a week or two, the students will be absorbed into Malaysian universities and this was confirmed by a valid source, he said. Students, Parents and all of us who worked on this are no delighted with the announcement, he further added.
Elangovan Annamalai, is a well known education activist who stand up against anything that affects welfare of students. He takes every issue under his personal attention and works hard to resolve it. This AUCMS medical students issue is just one of his contributions towards education. Though the majority of these 400 students were Indians, he believes service to mankind does not see color thus it’s his duty to safeguard all races too. I’m proud and happy that I have set a direction for their future.
He then added that, this victory does belong to him alone. His selflessness character reflects when he said any of his friends, parents and students should be given credit for their support in this issue. It was clear that Elangovan is a true leader for this community who serve without eyeing for fame, fund and positions. More youngsters should take Elangovan as an example to serve the community better. Our best wishes to Elangovan for his future endeavors.