Gardener's son presented with UCAM Best Student Award

Last update: 25/10/2019

KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 25 – The pain of losing his home to a fire and watching his father, a gardener, toil tirelessly to give the family a decent life inspired Muhammad Aqil Aqmar Md Ahad, 21, to do well in his studies.

He shared his story during a speech at the 18th University College of Agroscience Malaysia (UCAM) convocation in the main hall of Universiti Putra Malaysia, Serdang Thursday after receiving his diploma and the Best Student Award.

As tears streamed down his cheek, he told Bernama that his father, Md Ahad Sadiman, 56, earned just RM500 a month but made sure his four children received the best education possible.

“This is what made me study hard so that I won’t let my family down. Insya-Allah, one day I will be able to repay my parents for their sacrifices,” the Agribusiness graduate said.

Muhammad Aqil, who earned a Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) of 3.82, also received the Vice-Chancellor’s Award for his exceptional academic performance every semester.

During the convocation, a total 474 graduates received their Master’s degree, Bachelor’s degree, diploma and certificate.

UCAM chief executive, Faizatul Akmar Hisan, in her speech said: “UCAM’s role is not just to provide academic education, but as a RISDA learning institution, we are also committed to sharing our expertise to increase human capital.

“In fact, UCAM is also carrying out research to assist RISDA in the identification of rubber smallholder potential,” she said.

UCAM was a training institute for rubber smallholders before it became a higher learning institution.

Set up by the Rubber Industry Smallholders Development Authority (RISDA) in 1999 and formerly known as RISDA College, it has produced 10,019 graduates not just in the field of agriculture, but also in entrepreneurship, accounting, computer networking, communications and rural development.