Kangar, 14 Oktober: Universiti Malaysia Perlis (UniMAP) was recently crowned the winner of the National Nanotechnology Innovation Research (PIN) Project Contest 2016 at the Technology Park Malaysia in Kuala Lumpur.

The thesis entitled Electrical Detection of Dengue Virus (DENV) DNA Oligomer Using Silicon Nanowire Biosensor with Novel Molecular Gate Control penned by Dr. Mohammad Nuzaihan Md Nor from the UniMAP Institute of Nano Electronic Engineering (INEE) caught the attention of the jury and won a cash prize of RM1,500, a trophy and a certificate.

The award ceremony was officiated by the Deputy Minister of the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (MOSTI) Daturk Dr. Abu Bakar Mohamad Diah.

PIN was organised in conjunction with the National Nano Programme 2016 (NanoKEB 2016) which took place on 10 October 2016 to provide the opportunity for Master's Degree and Doctorate Students with creative and innovative ideas to produce solution to problems such as energy and environment, healthcare and medicine, food and agriculture, and electronics and systems.

The contest was opened to Master's Degree and Doctorate students registered with Malaysian public and private institutions of higher learning.

16 participants in the Doctorate category and 12 in the Master's Degree category were assessed and selected to participate in the contest.

Pauh Putra, October 10, 2016      Students of Universiti Malaysia Perlis (UniMAP) are urged to be active and engage in programs involving volunteers to support the surrounding communities.

UniMAP Vice Chancellor Datuk Prof  Dr. Zul Azhar Zahid Jamal, said he noticed that the culture or spirit of volunteerism among students is no longer as high as it used to be.

I hope the UniMAP Student Representative Council (SRC) will be able to practice the culture or the nature of volunteering among young people.

However, let us not do things solely to complete the requirements for graduation alone because the students are able to help to ensure the agenda or current issues which can be addressed together, he said when delivering his message at the UniMAP 2016/2017 SRC credentials presentation ceremony at  Faizuddin Tuanku Syed Putra Library, recently.

Also present were the Dean of Academic Affairs, serving as Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic and International) of UniMAP, Assoc Ir. Dr. Rezuwan Kamaruddin, Deputy Vice Chancellor (Student Affairs and Alumni) of UniMAP, Assoc Prof. Dr. Mohd Foad Sakdan and Dean of Student Affairs and Alumni of UniMAP, Assoc Razli Prof. Ahmad.

In addition, he said as a student, they can do many things to enhance the spirit of volunteerism.

Besides, the culture that students practice will be added value and extremely will be helpful when they work, he added.

During the ceremony, a total of 33 candidates of the 2016/2017 Council Session, received the credentials which consist of seven independent candidates and 26 candidates from the School of Engineering.

2016/2017 Session witnesses students from the School of Manufacturing Engineering, Nurhazwani Zabidin has been appointed as the new President of the SRC while Muhammad Amir Hakim Razali also from the same school was appointed as the Deputy President.

Datuk Zul Azhar also advised all the new appointed SRC members to be a positive example not only to the UniMAP students but also to the outside community.

SRC was urged to prepare mentally and physically, especially to face challenges in the year of 2017 in terms of economic and external influences.

In short, you should perform your responsibilities sincerely and with a high commitment towards continuity of dynamic leadership at the UniMAP level, he added.

KANGAR, October 10, 2016 - Universiti Malaysia Perlis Automotive Racing Team - UniART emerged as the champion in the category of Business Plan Presentation at Formula SAE-ASEAN organized at the Speedway Plus Circut, Subang Jaya, Selangor, recently.

The team also won the runner-up for Cost Analysis category and third place in Design Engineering category which puts UniMAP at the third best overall placing with six awards earned.

Dr Md Tasyrif Abdul Rahman, a senior lecturer from the School of Mechatronic Engineering UniMAP who led the team said that UniART was also awarded the Special Award for Best Impact team by ACCMS Warranty & Services in recognition for the effort and dedication shown by every member of the team.

He said that UniART team members consists of 17 students divided into two main crew which are the technical crew and management crew representing three UniMAP schools,the School of Mechatronics Engineering, School of Manufacturing Engineering and School of Engineering Technology.

He added that among the roles and duties of the crew are analyzing the strengths and weaknesses for their part in preparation to develop the UniART racing car.

"We have overcome many challenges so we can take pride in bagging a lot of FSAE award categories including a special award given by one of the organizers after seeing the fighting spirit, determination and efficiency of our team in tackling issues and challenges throughout this FSAE," he said when contacted.

According to him, the biggest challenge is time as every member of the team is a student and they have to manage their time properly in between lectures and building the car for FSAE.

"There are various types of testing, analysis and modification conducted throughout the training sessions at UniMAP Go-Kart track because this is the first time UniART participates in FSAE.

"Although we were not able to join the dynamic event due to mechanical failure, however, becoming one of the team that passed three categories examined by the strict FSAE 'standard' has given a meaningful experience to us," he said.

FSAE is a design competition that includes business and the automotive industry, organized by the Malaysia Automotive Institute (MAI) in collaboration with several other companies.

Pauh Putra, October 8, 2016- Public urged to undergo testing and treatment to detect any infection of the Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) caused by HIV virus.

Those at risk should not be ashamed and take the test in government clinics including 1Malaysia clinics for free.

 Chief Assistant Director of AIDS / STI Perlis State Health Department, Dr. Rohemi Abu Bakar said that the HIV / AIDS epidemic in the country has recorded a downward trend of 50 percent compared to 2002, but has remained flat since 2010 to 2014.

We managed to achieve the government Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in 2002 which is to reduce half of the cases in the next 15 years.

 "However, casual sex contributes to HIV / AIDS spread since those involved are embarrassed to undergo tests and treatment, he said while delivering a lecture titled Adolescence & HIV  :Challenges and Roles Program in conjunction with the HIV / AIDS program the Sincerity Hall, here.

 The program was attended by nearly 400 first year students and officiated by UniMAP Vice-Chancellor, Prof Dato Dr Zul Azhar Zahid Jamal. Also present were the Director of Health Centre UniMAP, Assoc Dr Mohamad Iqbal Omar.

 Meanwhile, Dr. Zul Azhar said that the program is expected to provide clearer information to UniMAP students and staff about AIDS and HIV so that the number of people affected with this virus can be reduced.

 UniMAP always organize a variety of programs to increase knowledge and awareness about HIV / AIDS, especially for new students to prevent them from being involved in any risky behavior towards the disease.

Briefing and awareness campaign will be held from time to time so that UniMAP is always free of HIV / AIDS. This is in line with the   government's target for an end to HIV / AIDS in the country by 2030, he said.

 Nur Aimi Muslim, UniMAP Psychology Officer also had given a talk in the program organized by, UniMAP Health Center in collaboration with the State Health