A TOTAL of 1.3 million students nationwide will receive the book vouchers announced by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak when tabling 2012 Budget.
Higher Education Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Khaled Nordin said yesterday the vouchers would be valid from Jan 1 to March 31.
“Those registered as active students from January to March in institutions of higher learning, matriculation, polytechnics and Form Six will be eligible to receive the RM200 book voucher.”
The book vouchers would have sophisticated security features to prevent forgery, said Khaled.
The vouchers are meant for students to buy academic books and related items.
“The voucher has a key-andlock design and films are used to see hidden writings to prevent forgery. They will also carry
security serial numbers for us to monitor the number of coupons issued, with the names of the recipients and higher learning institution issuing it.”
Reverse print Guilloche and spot colour further ensure the vouchers are not duplicated.
Khaled was speaking after handing over a mock cheque for RM260 million to student representatives and launching the Potential Centres of Excellence (CoE) 2011.
His ministry has allocated an incentive fund of RM20 million to seven CoEs.
The fund was a one-off boost for the centres’ research efforts, said Khaled.
The CoEs are: Photonics Research Centre and Centre for Nanotechnology and Catalysis (or Nanocen) at Universiti Malaya;
Environment and Development Institute (or Lestari) and Malay Civilisation and World Institute (or Atma) at Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia; the Oceanography and Environmental Institute at Universiti Malaysia Terengganu; Neuroscience
Research and Service Centre of Excellence at Universiti Sains Malaysia; and Malaysian Technical University Network, a collaboration among Universiti Tun Hussein Onn Malaysia, Universiti Teknikal Melaka, Universiti Malaysia Pahang and Universiti Malaysia Perlis.