Nov 24, 2008

Jawatankuasa Kebajikan Pelajar UPM

I call it the highest decision-making council for issues concerning students welfare in UPM. Enacted in AUKU in year 2002, at last in is now a reality. But you may ask? What is so important about this committee? In layman terms, it’s where all the most important issues regarding students welfare are discussed and decisions made.

The members of the committee are:
Dato’ Suriah (Chairman of the committee, one of the members of the Board of Directors)
Naib Canselor
Timbalan Naib Canselor (Hal Ehwal Pelajar dan Alumni)
Pengerusi Jemaah Dekan
Pengerusi Jemaah Pengetua
Yang Dipertua MPP UPM
Ketua BHEP sebagai setiausaha

The powers of the commitee as stated under P.U. (A) 106/97 are:
menimbang semua perkara yang berkaitan dengan hal ehwal pelajar bagi menasihati Lembaga Pengarah Universiti, Senat dan Pihak Pengurusan Universiti mengenainya;
menyediakan polisi berkaitan dengan pinjaman dan bantuan kewangan kepada pelajar yang patut menerimanya dan juga mencadangkan penubuhan tabung amanah untuk kebajikan pelajar;
mencadang Kaedah dan Peraturan-peraturan mengenai tempat tinggal untuk pelahar Universiti dan menjaga kebajikan mereka;
mencadang Kaedah dan Peraturan-peraturan mengenai tatatertib pelajar; dan
mencadang penggubalan satu dasar kebajikan pelajar yang merangkumi aspek pembentukan sahsiah, persekitraran pembelajaran yang kondusif, kemudahan pengangkutan dan perhubungan, pemakanan, kesihatan, keselamatan, rekreasi dan riadah.

So what important decisions have been achieved on our first meeting today?
Book plan policy stays but the amount is refundable at the end of year should students wish to purchase their books elswhere.
Affirmative action would be taken to ensure Desasiswa follows the basket price set by ILC-UPM.
Bendahari would examine and undertake feasibility studies in upgrading Kolej Serumpun.
Important student welfare issues which are discussed in ‘Persidangan Pemimpin Pelajar UPM’ would be brought up to the committee.

I won’t disclose other matters in the meeting as confidentiality and professionalism comes into play in meetings but nonetheless, it’s a good start.

Hence my future successors do have a clear straight path in voicing out their opinions. Welfare issues which could be settled at the administrative level (Colleges, BHEP) can be carried out by secretariats, MTM, units appointed by MPP while issues which needs special attention by the university management would be voiced out by MPP in the Jawatankuasa Kebajikan Pelajar.

As the foundation is laid down, it’s up to my successors. More power and trust are given to MPP, the more responsibilities are on your shoulder. At last, I could not agree more that MPP is an important player as a student representative, clearly stated in this committee.

Hence, the voice of student welfare significantly lies on the shoulders of MPP and it is with great hope my successors would carry out their duties diligently with integrity and neutrality.

(from = (Yang Dipertua MPP UPM 07/08) )