PETALING JAYA: The convocation dates for Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) have been rearranged to accommodate Deepavali, which falls on Oct 29.
The convocation was initially said to have been scheduled for Oct 24 to 28.
However, complaints were made by USM Hindu graduates as the last day of the convocation is just a day before Deepavali.
In a statement, the university announced that Chancellor Tuanku Syed Sirajuddin Putra Jamalullail had given the nod for the convocation to begin on Oct 24 and end on Oct 27.
Meanwhile, Deputy Education Minister P Kamalanathan said the matter pertaining to the dates was brought to his attention last week.
“I immediately spoke to Higher Education Minister Datuk Seri Idris Jusoh and the USM Vice Chancellor Professor Dato Dr Omar Osman.
“They took note of my concerns and replied that it will be taken into consideration, but ultimately the decision will be made by D.Y.M.M. Tuanku Syed Sirajuddin Ibni Al-Marhum Tuanku Syed Putra Jamalullail, the honourable Chancellor of USM,” he said in a Facebook post tonight.
Kamalanathan went on to thank the chancellor for agreeing to rearrange the dates. He also expressed his gratitude to Omar for the university’s kind consideration and aid in making the rescheduling possible.
“It’s my hope this issue is considered solved amicably with this decision.”
Earlier, USM Registrar Prof Dr Abdul Aziz Tajuddin said the convocation dates of Oct 24 to 28, which were displayed on the university’s website, had not been finalised.
Abdul Aziz said announcement of those initial dates was made internally.
“The dates of Oct 24 to 28 was a result of an internal discussion. I don’t know how outsiders got wind of it,” he told FMT earlier today.