Yayasan Bina Upaya Darul Ridzuan (YBU) is embarking on an altruistic effort to educate the less fortunate by forming an education wing known as YBU Education Services Sdn Bhd. The primary objective of this subsidiary is to help poor students in the state to pursue their education to tertiary levels. YBU’s Chief Operation Officer, Jodh Singh Dhillon (pic right) said this to Ipoh Echo recently.
“The foundation has entered into an agreement with three institutions of higher learning in May as part of our plan to initiate this education programme,” he said. The three institutions are Quest International University Perak, Perak Institute of Technology and TAJ International College. “The Perak Entrepreneur and Skills Development Centre (PESDC) will be incorporated soon,” said Dhillon. The centre provides vocational skill training for successful candidates.
Quest University and TAJ College have set an allocated of RM1.5 million and RM500,000 for the programme respectively.
“Those wishing to pursue their studies in any of the three institutions can apply direct to YBU,” said Dhillon. The loans provided will cover both education and living fees. The living allowance is a one-off payment based on the applicants’ course. “The institutions will process the successful applicant’s loan for the whole course inclusive of discounts.”
The living allowance ranges between RM300 for certificate courses to RM1200 for diploma and degree courses. This is part of the state government’s strategy to improve the living standards of the masses, as provided for under the Gerak Amanjaya initiative started by the Chief Minister, Dato’ Seri DiRaja Dr Zambry Abd Kadir.
Quest University offers degree courses in medicine, accounts, finance and business administration. TAJ College, on the other hand, offers diploma courses in electrical engineering and business administration in collaboration with Universiti Teknologi Malaysia and Universiti Teknologi MARA. The Perak Entrepreneur and Skills Development Centre provides vocational-skill training in electronics, welding, air-conditioning and refrigeration.
The registration of new students for Year 2013 will begin early next year. “We expect some 200 to 500 to register for the programme,” said Dhillon.
Those keen on applying can get details from the foundation’s office at Aras D-2-1, Greentown Square, Jalan Dato’ Seri Ahmad Said, Ipoh or call its office at 05-255 5945/5946.