UPM campus checks new students thoroughly for Influenza A (H1N1)
BINTULU: Universiti Putra Malaysia Bintulu campus (UPMKB) will monitor closely the health condition of students who registered for the new session, as a measure of precaution to ensure that they are free from any symptoms of Influenza A (H1N1).
UPMKB’s dean of agriculture and food sciences faculty Associate Prof Dr Jaspar Sidik Bujang said through the procedures outlined by the Ministry of Health and the doctor in charge (Dr Kassim Shafiee), the university will continuously supervise the students’ health.
“This measures is not just during the new intake session. We will continue to conduct medical check-ups on all ill students here,” said Dr Jaspar when met during the new student intake for the 2009-2010 session.
“The new students will go through the basic procedure and it is also compulsory for them to undertake a medical check-up, including body temperature check-up,” he said.
He pointed out that apart from medical screenings at the airport or other entry points, these students will be asked to undertake strict medical check-ups here to avoid unnecessary inconveniences during the ‘Minggu Perkasa Putra’.
On the Sarawak Corridor of Renewable Energy (SCORE), he said UPMKB will play its role to produce quality manpower for the corrdidor.
As part of a research university, the students here are small in quantity but nevertheless, all the courses provided are suited to the demand of the future job market, namely in the agricultural and fishery industries, said Dr Jaspar.
“For your information, UPMKB is also offering post graduate studies such as in Masters and Doctorates and presently there are some 26 students here pursuing their studies at those levels,” he added.
He pointed out that for the next semester there will be another 40 new students pursuing their post graduate studies.
“our target is that by 2015, we will have some 300 students doing the post graduate level studies and I am optimistic we will reach the target. By looking at the current trend, we will have some 80 post graduate students next year.”
On the new intake last Saturday, he said UPMKB had offered some 550 places but only had 308 reported.