KUALA LUMPUR: Universiti Pendidikan Sultan Idris (UPSI) will revive the use of the Jawi script at its two campuses – the Sultan Azlan Shah Campus in Proton City and the Sultan Abdul Jalil Shah Campus, starting next year.
This effort is intended to promote the writing as a national heritage.
According to Vice-chancellor Mohammad Shatar Sabran, UPSI would help the education ministry in its efforts to empower the script.
UPSI’s establishment was to champion the Malay language and literature, he said.
“I encourage the Jawi script to be included in all banners of student programmes as well as signage at residential colleges and faculties to empower it as a national heritage,” he said in a statement.
It was time to address the lack of interest among students in the script, Shatar said.
He added, under its Bachelor of Education (Malay Language) programme, UPSI also offered minor courses in the Jawi script.