By : Siti Nur`Ain Feisal
Editor : Nik Hafzaini Nik Hassan
SERDANG – Six students from Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM) including one of them who is persons of disabilities (OKU) received free laptops the Alumni Relations Centre UPM (ARCUPM).
The laptops are contributions from UPM alumni through a programme driven by the Alumni Relations Centre in collaboration with the UPM Alumni Association (PAUPM), Putra Cakna Alumni Care Heart to Heart. This programme focuses on the distribution of free laptops to students from the B40 families, asnaf and persons of disabilities (OKU) who are unable to own a laptop.
In this increasingly challenging education sector, which is online learning and a borderless world, devices and the internet are two priorities for students. In addition to the post-pandemic era, devices are deemed essential items for students.
In view of these constraints, ARCUPM launched the movement through a programme specially designed to help its students with high potential for success. Apart from their background, these students are excellent students from various study programmes including Bachelor of Accountancy, Bachelor of Biochemical Science, Bachelor of Human Resource Development, and Bachelor of Arts Malay Linguistics with Honours.
Prof. Dato' Dr. Roslan Sulaiman described this programme as the best initiative in supporting and assisting UPM students who need devices. He hopes that more UPM alumni, especially those who return to their alma mater, will continue to contribute to the university to jointly maintain UPM's reputation as the most sustainable university in the country.
According to the Director of the Alumni Relations Centre UPM, this is a continuously designed program.
"There will be more of this programme in the future to support UPM students in need. This programme is not limited to students at UPM Serdang campus but is also open to students at UPM Bintulu campus. In continuing this noble programme, we at the Alumni Relations Centre welcome the continuous contribution from UPM alumni in line with the Vice-Chancellor's Narrative 2022 which is, "To engage alumni for university sustainability", he said.
The students also expressed their gratitude to all UPM alumni for their concern towards underprivileged students like them.
The physical OKU student, Nurdinie Azlan, from the Faculty of Modern Languages and Communication, were in tears by the contribution she received.
"For a long time, I've relied on a small screen on a mobile phone or borrowed a friend's laptop for me to complete my assignment. It was very difficult for me, especially during the last period of the movement control order. Today I am very happy and indebted to all UPM staff for helping those who are unaffordable to buy their own laptops. I promise that through this assistance, I will continue to study hard until I succeed and I will return as an alumnus who also contributes to the alma mater. The initiative undertaken by the Alumni Relations Centre has in fact injected our passion to continue to create success for the university’s reputation. This contribution proves that we are not alone in going through difficult times for the success we dream of to change the future of all of us," she said.
At the session, Prof. Dato’ Dr. Roslan also conveyed words of encouragement to the students that knowledge is not only able to change lives but also be able to capture the world.
Date of Input: 15/06/2022 | Updated: 13/10/2022 | suziana.wil
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