Kuala Lumpur, June 7 : The Malaysian Public Services Department (PSD) has offered scholarships to study abroad to 161 Indian students who achieved excellent results in the 2007 Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) examination.
Human Resources Minister Dr S. Subramaniam said here that only 120 Indian students were offered scholarships last year.
According to the Star, Dr Subramaniam met PSD Director-General Tan Sri Ismail Adam yesterday following appeals by Indian students, to consider them for the scholarships.
On May 21, MIC President Seri S. Samy Vellu met the Chief Secretary to the Government Tan Sri Mohammad Sidek Hassan and appealed for scholarships for 187 Indian students.
Dr Subramaniam said the PSD had also said that all SPM students who obtained 9As and above last year would be offered scholarships to study basic science courses in local public universities and four university campuses recognised by the JPA - Monash, Nottingham, Curtin University of Technology and Swinburne.
The scholarships would be given automatically to students who had obtained places in Ivy League universities and other similar universities overseas.