TELUK INTAN: The Teluk Intan Universiti Pendidikan Sultan Idris (UPSI) campus at Batu 4, Changkat Jong, is expected to be ready by the end of next year.
Higher Education Minister Idris Jusoh said the campus project was announced by Prime Minister Najib Razak during a visit here in conjunction with the Teluk Intan by-election in 2014.
It would benefit the people, especially the local community.
Idris said the RM177.4 million project was located on a 32.3ha site.
It will accommodate 2,000 students and 1,000 would-be teachers in the technical and vocational fields.
“The campus can spur the economic sector in Teluk Intan, including creating job opportunities and developing as a research and innovation institution in Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET), towards meeting the needs of the Industrial Revolution 4.0.”
Idris said this in his speech at the handing-over of Phase 2 of the construction of the Teluk Intan UPSI Technical and Vocational Faculty here today.
Present were Plantation Industries and Commodities Minister Mah Siew Keong, who is also the Teluk Intan MP, and UPSI vice-chancellor Prof Mohammad Shatar Sabran.
The Teluk Intan UPSI campus will offer 10 study programmes in the technical and vocational field, learning and teaching space, students’ residential complex, and more conducive and dynamic recreational facilities for the students and staff.
Idris said the choice of locating the UPSI branch campus and other higher education institutions, such as Universiti Teknologi Mara’s (UiTM) medical faculty campus, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia branch campus, Community College and Vocational College here would turn Teluk Intan into an education hub by 2020.
Mah when met by reporters, said the construction of the Teluk Intan UPSI campus proved, among other things, the government’s commitment to realising the BN manifesto drawn up during the Teluk Intan by-election.
It cast aside the allegation that it was empty talk or hoodwinking of the people by the government.
He said, usually, a new university campus would take up to 10 years to build as it involved various processes, beginning with the proposed concept until the completion of the project.
“We took over the land in 2015 and then went ahead with the Phase 1 work, which was completed last year.
“This project has proceeded rather fast and the claims by certain quarters that it is problematic and delayed are not true,” Mah said.
Recently, Ipoh Barat MP M Kulasegaran, who became the MP for Teluk Intan in 1997, was reported to have claimed that Mah, who is also Gerakan president, had failed to bring any changes to the Teluk Intan constituency.
He claimed Mah had not fulfilled the promise made during the by-election to build a university here.