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Permata Insan Programme Begins At USIM Campus | 12/12/2010
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KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 12 2010 (Bernama) -- The first batch of young participants of the Permata Insan programme, aimed at producing outstanding Islamic intellectuals, began their camp session at the Universiti Sains Islam Malaysia (USIM) campus in Nilai, Negeri Sembilan, yesterday.

Fifty participants, aged eight, who had gone through a series of selection tests since March this year, are attending the camp themed "Generating Islamic Intellectuals" for two weeks, ending on Dec 24.

A statement from the Permata Division, Prime Minister's Department, issued Sunday said that the selected participants were screened through the Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia Aptitude Test I conducted from March to May.

"Those who passed the UKM I were further screened through the UKM Aptitude Test II and USIM Test I to see their aptitude for Islamic studies and other qualities, as well as parental support," it said.

The selection process was open to smart pupils of Islamic primary schools, state Islamic schools, and public and private Islamic schools and any interested pupil.

The Permata Insan programme which was launched by the prime minister's wife Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor, who also chairs the Permata Negara policy working committee, is the continuity of the Permata Pintar programme launched last year to identify smart students for exposure in the academic field, which is integrated with Islamic studies to produce outstanding Islamic intellectuals.

The programme's curriculum is built on the Quran and Sunnah, English language, Arabic and human development which encompasses creativity, ICT, mental arithmetic, critical thinking, problem solving and other aspects.

It is hoped the programme would produce students with the immense capacity to understand, memorise, interpret and apply Quranic teachings and the Sunnah in their everyday life and to rebuild the Islamic traditions of gaining and spreading knowledge.

The programme also stresses on providing and developing a support system, including guidance for parents to assist in the students' holistic development.


Source: BERNAMA
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