BESUT, June 18 (Bernama) - The Gap Year programme to be introduced in September has received encouraging response from public university students, said Higher Education Minister Datuk Seri Idris Jusoh.
He said students could register online to participate in the Gap Year programme which gives them the opportunity to take a year off from their studies to participate in voluntary work.
"So far 300 students have enrolled for the national service programme which is being implemented in collaboration with the Royal Malaysia Police (PDRM) and the Malaysian Armed Forces (ATM)", he told the media after a Ziarah Ramadan programme at the Besut district hospital here today.
As for students interested in participating in the industrial field, Idris said the ministry has left it to the universities to select the programmes and where students could be located to undergo the voluntary work.
He said by July this year, the programme would be fully coordinated, adding that through the programme students would be able to interact with society, be more independent and prepared to face the working world.
Meanwhile during the visit to the hospital, Idris, who is also Besut Member of Parliment, presented Hari Raya gifts to about 50 patients.