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Jan 8, 2009

AMIST Negotiating With Leading Coimbatore Hospital

The leading private Kedah-based Asian Institute of Medicine, Science and Technology (AMIST) will open its doors to students of South Indian origin.MIC president Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu said on Wednesday the time was right for AMIST to allow Indian origin students to pursue medical coursess in Malaysia -- reversing decades-old tradition of Malaysian students relying on Indian universities.

"We are trying to extend 100 seats to students from South India. The Malaysian Government has agreed to increase from the present 200 seats to 300 seats, but the extra 100 seats must particularly go to overseas students."...and the higher education minister (Datuk Seri Mohamed Khaled Nordin) is agreeable to give it to Indian students. All this while, we have been benefitting from them (India) but now, we allow them to use our facilities," he told reporters on the sidelines of the 1st World Tamils Economic Conference and Diaspora Meet in Chennai.He said AMIST, backed by MIC, was negotiating with a leading medical hospital in Coimbatore, in South India, to collaborate with the Malaysian institute to conduct the programme for Indian students.


Under the proposed collaboration, students would do their clinical in India and complete another two to three years at AMIST in Malaysia, where they would graduate.On investments in South India, the former works minister, who is leading a strong 150-member delegation to Pravasi Bharatiya Divas this week, said 75 of them are businessmen and would explore the various opportunities available in the Indian economy.He urged Malaysian investors, with expertise in port management, to participate in the proposed Chennai Port expansion programme and consider investments in the western state of Gujarat, where there were ample infrastructure developments.

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