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Malaysia appeals India for more seats in premier institutions

Malaysian largest ethnic Indian party MIC has requested the Indian government to allocate more seats for its diaspora in the country’s premier educational institutions.

“Earlier during the times of Indira Gandhi and MGR many seats were set aside for Malaysian Indians in IITs and medical colleges but now these had been reduced to a few,” said Malaysian Indian Congress chief G Palanivel to a group of visiting Indian journalists in Kuala Lumpur.

Noting that Malaysia has close to 2 million ethnic Indians, forming 7.8 per cent of the population, he said “India has to support its diaspora in the field of education namely seats in AIIMS, IITs and engineering schools.”

Palanivel also added that India should also make provisions for an international scholarship system.

On infrastructure projects, he said India should have a mechanism to ensure that Malaysian companies could win bids for the projects directly. “The MIC wants a per cent set aside for infrastructure bids by the Indian diaspora from Malaysia,” he said.

On Pravasi Bharatiya meetings, Palanivel said such meetings did not yield many results as at every meet there was a new theme which was forgotten the next year.

[Source: Indian Express]

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