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Wednesday, June 29, 2016

UTM Titas course book withdrawn from circulation

It will now use Titas textbooks approved by the Higher Education Ministry as the main reference.
PETALING JAYA: Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) has recalled from circulation its controversial Tamadun Islam dan Tamadun Asia (Titas) course book.
Star Online said this came after an independent committee found that re­ference materials used by the lecturers had “no credibility”.
UTM Vice-Chancellor Wahid Omar said UTM will now use Titas textbooks approved by the Higher Education Ministry as the main reference for classes.
This followed an uproar recently after slides from the subject were leaked.
The contents alleged the Sikh faith came about from a “shallow understanding” of Islam and Hinduism and Hindus considered filth on one’s body as a way to achieve enlightenment.
Wahid said an Indian Civilisation Inde­pendent Expert Commit­tee, comprising professors from UTM and Universiti Malaya, investigated the slides and concluded that they had “too many factual errors”, labelling the material as “not authentic” and without credibility.
“After accepting the report from the committee, UTM is now in the process of taking action against the lecturer involved according to procedures and regulations under the UTM constitution.”
UTM will employ lecturers of various races with expertise in Indian and Chinese civilisations to take over the teaching of the Titas subjects.
The Titas module was made mandatory for all tertiary students, regardless of religion, in 2013

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