Varsity to go big on Jawi next year

Universiti Pendidikan Sultan Idris says it will encourage the Jawi script to be used in campus banners and signboards. (Bernama pic)

KUALA LUMPUR: Beginning next year, Universiti Pendidikan Sultan Idris (UPSI) will revive the use of the Jawi script at its two campuses – the Sultan Azlan Shah Campus in Proton City and the Sultan Abdul Jalil Shah Campus.

It said it was an effort to promote the writing as a national heritage.

Vice-chancellor Mohammad Shatar Sabran said UPSI would help the education ministry in its efforts to empower the script.

He said UPSI’s establishment was to champion the Malay language and literature.

“I encourage the Jawi script to be included in all banners of student programmes as well as signage at residential colleges and faculties to empower it as a national heritage,” he said in a statement.

Shatar said it was time to address the lack of interest among students in the script.

He said under its Bachelor of Education (Malay Language) programme, UPSI also offered minor courses in the Jawi script.