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Modified Test Apparatus Introduced


The civil engineering department of Polytechnic Ungku Omar (PUO), Ipoh introduced its newly incepted permeability test apparatus recently. It was the brainchild of lecturer, Ms Panbarasi Govindasamy. A simple ceremony attended by PUO Assistant Director, Pn Hj Haslina Yusof, staff members and students was held to formalise the introduction.

Panbarasi explained her reasons for the innovation. The modified permeability test apparatus, said Panbarasi, was an idea that was on the drawing board for over two decades. The apparatus is an essential item in geotechnical laboratory works. The modifications enhance permeability tests accuracy. Panbarasi attributed her success to her frequent trips to institutions of higher learning such as Universiti Sains Malaysia. She also thanked those who had helped realise her dream.

Hajah Haslina expressed her gratitude for the lecturer’s perseverance. The modified test apparatus will help reduce cost, as the polytechnic need not buy new ones. She encouraged other lecturers to emulate Panbarasi’s efforts.


PUO Wins Gold Medal


Polyteknik Ungku Omar (PUO) created history by winning a gold medal in their first ever attempt at the annual Malaysian Nuclear Innovation Competition 2011 organised by the Malaysian Nuclear Agency held at the agency recently.

The four-day competition was aimed at procuring the most innovative invention pertaining to nuclear technology from participants. The polytechnic was represented by students of the Department of Mechanical Engineering.

Lecturer Zulkarnain Jamak said that his team had worked hard for the competition and was mentally prepared for the occasion.

“We gave our best shot. We’re elated to know that we won the gold medal. This goes to prove that PUO has what it takes to be in the forefront of nuclear technology,” he told Ipoh Echo when met.

Teams from Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, Universiti Kuala Lumpur, Universiti Sains Malaysia and some private institutions also took part.