Bodhi Meditation Malaysia Berhad Lends Helping Hand to TAR UC StudentsJanuary 26, 2021 | Campus News
This is the fourth time Tunku Abdul Rahman University College (‘TAR UC’) and Bodhi Meditation Malaysia Berhad (‘BMMB’) have come together to provide financial aid to needy and underprivileged TAR UC Diploma and Bachelor Degree students in a virtual award presentation ceremony held on 25 January 2021.
The TAR UC JINBODHI Bursary set up by BMMB, is among the many financial aid options made available for TAR UC students. Since the setting up of the bursary in October 2017, the TAR UC JINBODHI Bursary has been supporting deserving and underprivileged students by providing financial assistance to them.
In the past three years from 2017 - 2019, RM 2.4 million worth of financial aid have been awarded to 128 recipients. During the award presentation ceremony, another 20 recipients received the financial aid amounting to approximately RM 400,000.
The representatives from BMMB, namely Teacher Zhi Guang, Teacher Ling Shan, Brother Xu Te and committee members were present at the virtual award presentation ceremony, together with Prof Ir Dr Lee Sze Wei, President of TAR UC, Assoc Prof Dr Ng Swee Chin, Assoc Prof Say Sok Kwan, Assoc Prof Dr Chook Ka Joo, and Assoc Prof Dr Oo Pou San, Vice Presidents of TAR UC as well as senior officials of TAR UC.
In his speech, Teacher Ling Shan said that he hoped the students would cherish this bursary and study hard to realise their dream of pursuing higher education. “It is our founder Grandmaster JinBodhi’s humble wish that all young children are given an opportunity to pursue education. He believes that education is the key to changing lives, especially that of the next generation and we hope that the young will obtain better opportunities in education to overcome poverty.”
Prof Ir Dr Lee Sze Wei was very thankful that TAR UC students continued to receive financial support in these times of difficulty through the bursary. “It has not been easy for the past one year, considering the difficulties we had to go through, but I am proud that this bursary still continues. It is indeed a meaningful effort by BMMB in supporting TAR UC students, despite all the challenges that we are facing,” Prof Ir Dr Lee said.
Kishern A/L Asok Kumar, one of the recipients studying the Bachelor of Business (Honours) in Logistics and Supply Chain Management shared that he was elated to have received this bursary for the second time. “I first received it during my Diploma programme and it gave me a peace of mind. This is the second time I have been awarded the bursary and I am really grateful as I don’t have to work part-time and I don’t have to worry so much about my mother who is a single parent supporting my sister,” he said.
Another recipient, Ong Kai Jing, a Bachelor of Finance and Investment (Honours) student feels grateful to have obtained the bursary. “I started working part-time since I was in my secondary school in order to save up for my higher education. I got 9As in my SPM and obtained a full scholarship from TAR UC to study my programme. But during the pandemic, I faced some technical problems studying online and so my grades dropped which affected my scholarship. Thus, I searched high and low for financial aid and got the TAR UC JINBODHI bursary. With that, I could focus on my studies and I made it to the Dean’s List and President’s List in the first two semesters of my degree,” she said.
The TAR UC JINBODHI Bursary is testament to the commitment of both TAR UC and BMMB to ensure equal access to quality education for the underprivileged and needy students especially during this unprecedented time.