A total of 323 Indian students secured Public Service Department (PSD) scholarships this year, 171 of them for foreign degree programmes, Human Resources Minister Datuk Dr S. Subramaniam said today.
He said the other 152 scholarships were given to students to pursue studies at the five local private universities recognised by the PSD, namely the Asian Institute of Medicine, Science and Technology (AIMST), Monash University, Nottingham University, Curtin University of Technology and Swinburne University of Technology.
Dr Subramaniam, who is MIC secretary-general, also said that some 240 Indian students, many with top grades, had appealed to the PSD to reconsider their applications.
"I have discussed the matter with the PSD and we expect a decision sometime next week," he said in a statement here.
Dr Subramaniam said he had also discussed the matter with MIC president Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu.
"The MIC has been receiving many appeal cases, especially for the overseas scholarships, and we have identified the potential students whose appeals could be considered by the PSD," he said.
Last year, 163 Indian students secured PSD scholarships for overseas degree programmes.
The PSD has interviewed 8,363 of the 15,084 candidates who had applied for scholarships under the foreign degree programme be--tween March 31 and April 3 this year.
Only 2,000 students will be offered scholarships for overseas courses already stipulated by the government.