KUALA LUMPUR – The Universiti Malaya (UM) has postponed physical registration for new and existing students to a later date yet to be determined, said deputy vice-chancellor (Student Affairs) Prof Ir Dr Abdul Aziz Abdul Raman.
In a statement today, Abdul Aziz said that the registration process for the students will be conducted online.
“Taking into account the current situation of the rise in COVID-19 positive cases, UM has decided that face-to-face or physical registration for students (new and existing) should be postponed,” he said.
The Ministry of Higher Education (MOHE) today proposed that all institutions of higher learning (IPTs) to postpone the physical registration of new and existing students on campus which was scheduled to begin this month.
Its Minister Datuk Dr Noraini Ahmad also proposed a similar postponement involving students from areas classified as red zones of COVID-19 infection.
For students who are already on their way to campus, Abdul Aziz said that the students will be allowed to register at the residential colleges or to postpone the trip and return to campus on a later date to be determined later.
“Existing students need to postpone returning to campus and register for courses online. For students who have been on campus and are pursuing academic studies, they can remain on campus,” he said.
Meanwhile, in PENANG, Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) today introduced a drive-through registration process for new students which only takes three minutes.
Its deputy vice-chancellor (Student Development Affairs and Alumni) Prof Dr Aldrin Abdullah said that the method introduced includes all processes including health screening, online registration through MyDaftar, briefing on online learning, to the final business of unloading items in the dormitory.
“USM also introduced MyDaftar, an online registration system that takes less than five seconds. It is a very innovative system and was first introduced at USM.
“USM is trying to take the best route while the country is facing the COVID-19 outbreak which is quite alarming, and trying to adapt it by adopting proactive measures that can facilitate all parties,” he said in a statement here today.
Earlier, USM has taken drastic steps by changing the original plan to conduct face-to-face registration to online registration, effective yesterday for the 2020-2021 academic session.
Aldrin said that new students who are already on their way to campus are allowed to register by being given three options, namely, to register and return home, register and leave their stuff in the dormitory and then return home or register and continue living in the dormitory.
The first day of the registration session this morning saw more than 200 new students enroll at the USM main campus.