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.