Thursday, May 31, 2007

400,000 Indian tourists expected

TRAVEL agents in India are keen to get more of their nationals to visit Malaysia, Tamil dailies report.

With India’s 13% economic growth last year, the Travel Agents Federation of India (TAFI) expects more people to travel and more than 400,000 Indian nationals would be visiting Malaysia this year.

TAFI, which held a convention in Kuala Lumpur in 1999, has returned to Malaysia and will hold its fourth annual convention this year in Kota Kinabalu from Sept 6 to 9.

TAFI president Praveen Chugh said the Visit Malaysia 2007 campaign had drawn the interest of many Indian nationals, with 400,000 travelling to Malaysia this year.

> The Tamil papers also reported that the Higher Education Ministry was intensifying its efforts to increase the number of university lecturers with PhDs to 60% of the total university staff by 2010.

This would come about from the ministry’s Lecturer Enhancement Scheme that hopes to have between 6,000 and 7,000 lecturers going for further studies in the fields of engineering, aerospace and biotechnology.

The papers quoted education secretary-general Datuk Dr Zulkefli Hassan as telling Bernama that the Government had allocated RM1.2bil for this purpose.

Source : STAR
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