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KANGAR: Universiti Malaysia Perlis (UniMAP) will organise an Aidilfitri celebration on the first day of Hari Raya to fete students and its staff who are not going back to their hometown.

Its Vice-Chancellor, Datuk Prof Dr Zul Azhar Zahid Jamal said the function was scheduled to be held at the Kubang Gajah Campus Multipurpose Hall and about 300 foreign students and staff of Islamic faith who had to celebrate the festive season here were expected to attend.

“We are aware that celebrating the ‘Hari Raya’ without family members is something that is very sad for those who cannot return to their hometown.

“At the UniMAP, we are all like a big family, I hope such a gathering will reduce the feeling of sadness of spending the festive season away from home,” he said in a media statement, here today.

He said that such a celebration indirectly gave an opportunity to the foreign community to learn of the way Malaysians celebrated Aidilfitri which would give them a lasting and beautiful memory.–BERNAMA

 

PADANG BESAR – The Uniciti Alam campus of Universiti Malaysia Perlis (UniMAP) will have its first green technology surau as a new landmark.

It is the result of a smart partnership between the university and Proven Holdings Sdn Bhd.

Special adviser to the Higher Education Minister Prof Emeritus Datuk Dr Kamarudin Hussin said the project which cost RM1 million would use a solar panel roof.

“The surau will be constructed based on the Industrial Building System through gotong-royong between students and staff and is expected to be completed before the fasting month.”

He was speaking to reporters after performing the ground-breaking for the construction of the surau, known as ‘As-Saodah’, at the campus in Sungai Chuchuh, here, yesterday.

Also present were UniMAP deputy vice-chancellor (Student Affairs and Alumni) Assoc Prof Dr Mohd Fo’ad Sakdan and Perlis deputy mufti, Roslan Esa.

Kamarudin, who is UniMAP former vice-chancellor, said the construction of the surau would complete the campus infrastructure for the convenience of 3,840 students and 300 staff of the Engineering Technology Faculty, besides local residents.

“The surau which is built on 4,000 square feet of land to accommodate about 500 people at any one time, is fully sponsored by Proven Holdings Sdn Bhd executive chairman Datuk Dr Yusof Jusoh, who is also UniMAP adjunct professor,” he added.

Meanwhile, Yusof said the company planned to build 350 units of apartment for students, lecturers and staff at the Uniciti Alam campus.

“We have identified a five-acre land next to the campus site for this project,” he said.

— BERNAMA

KANGAR – The media has helped promote Universiti Malaysia Perlis (UniMAP) through its writings and broadcasts.

In appreciation of this help, UniMAP presented members of the media with appreciation awards presented at a media night held here last night.

Present at the dinner were UniMAP vice-chancellor, Brig-Jen Datuk Prof Dr Kamarudin Hussin, wife, Datin Noridah Yangman, education minister’s private secretary Mohd Nizar Sudin, as well as 100 media practitioners in Perlis.

At the ceremony, UniMAP acknowledged the contributions of the Perlis bureau of the Malaysian National News Agency (Bernama) with the ‘Most Number of News Coverage’ award for 2014.

Perlis Director of Broadcasting, Munah Badar was presented with the Perlis Media Personality Award introduced last year. – BERNAMA

KUALA LUMPUR – Universiti Malaysia Perlis (Unimap) is working on a device to detect the presence of female Aedes mosquitoes, the ones responsible for the dengue menace.

Unimap’s Nanoelectronics Engineering Institute Director, Prof Dr Uda Hashim said the sensor in the device would be able to detect female Aedes mosquitoes through the acoustic waves produced by the beatings of its wings (Aedes Mosquito
Detection Using Acoustic Wave Device Based on Wingbeat Frequency).

“The research field combines the knowledge of nanotechnology and electronic engineering. We are also working at making the device portable, practical and affordable for everyone,” he said.

The device will be paired with a wireless control system that will send the information to a data collection centre that is located whether within the premises itself or to a nearby vector control centre.

Both the device and the wireles control system are being developed simultenously.

AIDING CURRENT EFFORTS

The device will be able to complement the Health Ministry’s tireless efforts in combatting the dengue pandemic through numerous awareness campaigns as well as biological, physical and chemical means.

“The Health Ministry has gone all out to combat dengue. As there have yet to be a vaccine in the market, the best way to prevent further cases is to detect and eliminate its breeding grounds.

“The device will be the first of its kind in the world and we are hoping it will help in reducing the number of cases that have been soaring of late,” said Uda.

Barely 20 days into 2015, already the iDengue website reported 2,600 dengue cases across Malaysia with eight of them being fatal.

Last year, the number of deaths due to dengue was 199, compared with 88 in 2013, a 224 per cent increase.

The Aedes aegypti mosquito can lay eggs in a mere tablespoon of water, with it maturing into mosquitoes in as little time as a week.

According to a statement issued by the Health Director General Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah, everyone had a role to play in the prevention of dengue. This is done by ensuring that their living environment does not serve as a potential breeding ground for the Aedes mosquito.

The ministry’s recurrent campaign is for the public to spend 10 minutes every day to clean the areas surrounding their homes.

The ministry is also publishing the latest information and announcements on dengue cases nationwide on its website at iDengue.remotesensing.gov.my. – BERNAMA

KANGAR – Universiti Malaysia Perlis (UniMAP) research product will be representing Malaysia at the annual Asia Pacific ICT Alliance (APICTA) Awards 2014 in Jakarta end of next month.

The product, the ZCC-OCDMA Code For Symmetric Fiber-to-the-Home (FTTH) In Access Network, which was developed by a team of five researchers from UniMAP’s Advanced Communication Engineering Centre was nominated for the award in the Best of Communication Applications category.

The team comprised Prof Dr Syed Alwee Al Junid (team leader), Ir Dr Anuar Mat Safar, Dr Mohd Rashidi Che Beson, Dr Amir Razif Arief Jamil Abdullah and Abdullah Omar Ali Al-Dhaibani.

Their nomination was announced at the MSC Malaysia APICTA Award yesterday.

The MSC Malaysia APICTA Award is an annual event to provide recognition to outstanding achievements of individuals, students, entrepreneurs, SMEs and organizations with operations in Malaysia who have contributed to the development of the MSC Malaysia initiatives or in building applications and services for the benefit of Malaysia.

Meanwhile, UniMAP vice-chancellor Datuk Prof Dr Kamarudin Hussin, in a statement here today, said the product used the Zero Cross Correlation (ZCC) Code, which was the first to be developed in the optical communication area.

He said the product was designed to accommodate high number of concurrent users in a network, while reducing noise and increasing security through the use of optical code in the network.

“UniMAP is proud of the team’s achievement and it is hoped that they will continue to shine in Jakarta, hence making their contribution to the development of information communication technology (ICT) in the country,” he said. – BERNAMA

KUALA LUMPUR – Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak today congratulated four Universiti Malaysia Perlis (UniMAP) researchers who won six awards at the British Invention Show (BIS) 2014 in London and one at the Haller Pro Invention Foundation in Poland.

The four UniMAP researchers are PhD student Farah Farhana Zainal, School of Mechatronic Engineering senior lecturer Dr Shahriman Abu Bakar, School of Computer and Communication Engineering senior lecturer Dr Amir Razif Jamil Abdullah and Prof Dr Rezuwan Kamaruddin.

“Well done to our four UniMAP researchers for making us proud by winning the awards,” said Najib in his latest tweet on his Twitter account.

The prime minister also provided the link to the Bernama website on the news of the awards win by UniMAP.

Farah Farhana’s Anti-Corrosion Coatings product, which was presented at the event by the university’s Faculty of Engineering Technology (FETech) senior lecturer Dr Mohd Mustafa Al Bakri Abdullah, clinched three awards.

They are the Double Gold Award in the ‘Users’ category, Double Gold Award in the ‘Industry’ category and a special recognition from the Romanian Inventors Forum (RIF).

Meanwhile, an ‘Intelligent Peripheral Hemodynamic Assessment and Diagnosis Tool’ (I-PHAD) product produced by Dr Shahriman won the Double Gold Award in the design category, and also received a special award, EUROINVENT Gold Medal.

Dr Amir Razif Jamil Abdullah also received a special award, EUROINVENT Gold Medal, for his product, the ‘Triple Play Services Zero Cross Correlation for FTTH OCDMA System’.

Prof Dr Rezuwan received a special award from Pro Invention Haller Foundation in Poland via his innovative finding, ‘Greenhouse with Fertigation in the Tropics’. – BERNAMA

KANGAR – Four Universiti Malaysia Perlis (UniMAP) researchers notched a name in the international arena when they won six awards at the British Invention Show (BIS) 2014 in London, and one at the Haller Pro Invention Foundation in Poland.

In London, UniMAP’s PhD student Farah Farhana Zainal’s research product on anti-corrosion coatings received the Double Gold Award in the ‘Users’ category and Double Gold Award in the ‘Industry’ category at the two-day event, held at the Barbican Exhibition Centre, UniMAP said in a statement.

Farah Farhana’s environment-friendly product, based on wastes from industrial plants and which serve as corrosion coating, also received a special recognition at the Romanian Inventors Forum (RIF).

Her project was presented by the university’s Faculty of Engineering Technology (FETech) senior lecturer Dr Mohd Mustafa Al Bakri Abdullah at BIS.

Meanwhile an ‘Intelligent Peripheral Hemodynamic Assessment and Diagnosis Tool’ (I-PHAD) product produced by a senior lecturer of the School of Mechatronic Engineering, Dr Shahriman Abu Bakar, won the Double Gold Award in the design category, and also received a special award, EUROINVENT Gold Medal, it said.

A senior lecturer from the School of Computer and Communication Engineering, Dr Amir Razif Jamil Abdullah, also received a special award, EUROINVENT Gold Medal, for his product, the ‘Triple Play Services Zero Cross Correlation for FTTH OCDMA System’.

Meanwhile, Prof Dr Rezuwan Kamaruddin received a special award from Pro Invention Haller Foundation in Poland via his innovative finding, ‘Greenhouse with Fertigation in the Tropics’.

In the statement, UniMAP Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Kamarudin Hussin expressed his appreciation with the university lecturers’ achievements, which he described as a success for the researchers and management of UniMAP’s Centre for Research and Innovation Management. – BERNAMA