KEMAMAN – The Terengganu edition of the ‘Science on Wheels’ program led by the Multimedia Development Corporation (MDeC) succeeded in achieving its objective when it attracted the interests of more than 1,000 students in the rural areas in the field of ICT.
Communications and Multimedia Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Shabery Cheek said the Science on Wheels program was specifically designed by the MDeC, the leader in the national ICT agenda through the Malaysian MSC (Multimedia Super Corridor) initiative.
“The program aims to bring the students closer to and provide exposure and inculcate interest in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) and employment opportunities in the field of ICT.
“It also hopes to inculcate interest and discover the students’ talent in the field of ICT so that they are capable of making new discoveries that could be used by the public and marketed in future,” he said.
He said this when opening the Science on Wheels program at the Terengganu state level organised by MDeC in collaboration with Universiti Sultan Zainal Abidin (UniSZA) and Universiti Malaysia Terengganu (UMT).
Also present was MDeC Director Muhammad Imran Kunalan Abdullah.
Ahmad Shabery said it was hoped that such efforts could reduce the gap between the demand and supply for skilled workers in the ICT sector from 9.8 per cent registered in 2012 to 17 per cent by the year 2020.
Meanwhile, Imran Kunalan, when approached by reporters, said the Science on Wheels program was implemented with the collaboration of partners in the industry, public and private institutions of higher learning as well as schools with the strong support of the education ministry and the agencies concerned.
He said that previously the programme was successfully implemented in eight states namely Sarawak, Selangor, Kelantan, Kedah, Perlis, Negeri Sembilan, Melaka and Johor. – BERNAMA