SERDANG July 20: The Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM) Knowledge Endownment Fund established two years ago managed to collect over RM2.4 million donated by various parties such as industry members, corporate partners and people of the university itself.
UPM Vice Chancellor, Prof Datuk Dr Mohd Fauzi Ramlan said, the progress is a proud thing for UPM as they strive to empower national education by providing higher education opportunities to the poor.
He said that the Endowment Fund was launched on 16 August 2011 by DYMM the Sultan of Selangor, Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah, who is also the Chancellor for UPM.
“The main objective the Knowledge Endowment Fund was established is to fund university education for the next generation, even more so for the poor who cannot afford to finance their studies.
“We believe that knowledge has the strength it takes to develop a new society and civilization.
“These efforts are able to strengthen self-esteem among the young people today,” he said at in a speech at the Fast Breaking Ceremony and Terawih prayer with the UPM Chancellor at the UPM Mosque Square.
The Sultan of Selangor consented to present donations to 50 school students and 30 UP students who are from needy (miskin) asnaf group.
He also consented to receive business Zakat from UPM Holdings Sdn Bhd totalling to RM173,000 at the same event.
Also present was the Chief Minister, Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim.
Mohd Fauzi said that DYMM the Sultan of Selangor as the university Chancellor has always been seriously committed to the people to perform rituals, mingle and take advantages to channel contributions to those in need.