USM admits convo date on website ‘a technical error’


PETALING JAYA: Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) registrar Prof Abdul Aziz Tajuddin said the convocation dates of Oct 24 to 28 as displayed on the university’s website have not been finalised.

The matter became an issue as Deepavali this year falls on Oct 29, just a day after the convocation ends.

Aziz said the announcement on the dates was made internally and reiterated that there has yet to be a final decision on the matter.

“The dates of Oct 24 to 28 was a result of internal discussion. I don’t know how outsiders got wind of it. The matter hasn’t been finalised because it still requires the Chancellor’s nod.

“Perhaps what was displayed on USM’s official website was a technical error,” Aziz told FMT.

He said this when asked to comment on the complaints made by USM’s Hindu graduates as the dates are too close to Deepavali with the final day being the eve of the religious festival.

Aziz said the university was prepared to change the dates and a more detailed discussion on the matter is under way.

He said an official decision would be made after receiving the nod from the university’s Chancellor, the Raja of Perlis, Tuanku Syed Sirajuddin Putra Jamalullail.

“We are concerned about this, from the start we know of the date (Deepavali).

“We are also taking into consideration the number of Hindu graduates, and we will make some changes. Don’t worry, USM guarantees those celebrating Deepavali will not be affected and they can go back to their hometowns to celebrate,” he added.

“We will adjust (the dates) and make sure there will be a gap between the convocation and Deepavali,” Aziz said.