By Iylia Marsya Iskandar
GOMBAK, 14 December 2019: Students’ ability to provide solutions in regards to problems within the university should not be underestimated despite having university officers who propose solutions, said Head of the Department of Fundamental and Inter-Disciplinary Studies (FIDS), Assoc. Prof. Dr. Spahic Omer earlier yesterday.
Elaborating this at the Prize-Giving Ceremony of the Community Engagement Competition located at HS Square, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Spahic Omer said, “Sometimes the higher-ups are so engrossed in other tasks we do not have as much creativity as these students do.”
The Community Engagement Competition is a problem-solving competition for students of Creative Thinking and Problem Solving (UNGS 2011) to provide solutions for university-related issues comprising five sections, supervised by Dr. Homam Altabaa.
Winners of the competition provided solutions for diverse problems ranging from class facilities to study plans.
One of the winners of the competition, with the proposal entitled “Telegram: An Effective Platform to Organise University Events”, Sharifah Nur Fatimah Alhadi Binti Syed Md Nasser, said that the proposal aims to promote university events at a holistic level.
Sharifah added, “Students who are not active in extra-curricular activities are not lazy but they are in the dark of all the university events. If you have a lot of WhatsApp groups, you will be informed and vice versa.”
Meanwhile, on the perspective of the organisers, Telegram is the most effective platform as it can accommodate up to 200,000 users in one channel. “They would not have to invest as much in marketing programmes as this platform will directly inform all students in the university,” Sharifah clarified.
The proposal paper on “Telegram: An Effective Platform to Organise University Events” also supports the call for a greener IIUM by reducing paper wastage on posters.
“The FIDS Department wants to present these magnificent ideas to the IIUM community alongside appreciating the students’ works and the lecturer’s contributions. One day, maybe these solutions can be made real as a university programme,” Assoc. Prof. Dr. Spahic Omer further said.
The top three proposals are entitled, “Unstable Table and Chairs,” “Telegram: An Effective Platform to organize University Events” and “New amendment for Usrah Budi.”
However, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Spahic Omer emphasised that all the proposals are equally as good as the winners.
The Dean of Kuliyyah of Islamic Revealed Knowledge and Human Sciences (KIRKHS), Assoc. Prof. Dr. Shukran Abdul Rahman presented the award to all the winners.
Present at the ceremony were Assoc. Prof. Dr. Spahic Omer, Senior Deputy Director of KIRKHS, Mr. Hamdan Adnan, Head of Internalisation and Global Network KIRKHS, Assoc. Prof. SM. Abdul Quddus, and the Head of Department of Arabic Language and Literature, Prof. Asem Shehadeh Saleh Ali.***