MELAKA, MARCH 30 – Qamus Digital, a digital dictionary of international standard, was launched today in efforts to help boost the learning skills and knowledge of school students and those in the institutions of higher learning.

The innovative technology which is locally-developed by MyView System Sdn Bhd and Universiti Technology MARA (UiTM) in Alor Gajah, Melaka, is a pilot project implemented under the Ministry of Science, Technology & Innovation (MOSTI) Social Innovation (MSI 2016) programme.

The community service product was launched by Deputy Minister of MOSTI, Datuk Wira Dr. Abu Bakar Mohd Diah.

Qamus Digital encompasses a slew of international standard features and the technology provider is Technology Park Malaysia Corporation Sdn. Bhd.

The product incorporates the latest infrastructure to help improve the quality of learning in the education system and to overcome weaknesses of students towards encouraging their diligence.

Speaking at the official launch, Dr. Abu Bakar said the much needed innovative technological support will boost the learning skills and knowledge of the school students and those in the tertiary institutions of higher learning.

He said it is anticipated that 2,700 units of Qamus Digital will be initially implemented in schools and later on at institutions of higher learning throughout Melaka.  “We are confident that this MOSTI Social Innovation initiative will be yet another fulfilling project for the benefit of the Malaysian community. It would certainly be a boon to the Malaysian community to also improve their vocabulary skills within seconds with a press of the computer button.

“The extensive research undertaken by MyView System and UiTM team is commendable as this is always the first step to ensure whether there is a potential need or demand for the development of such technology. Although this may be a MOSTI social innovation initiative, the approach by the parties is similar to that adopted by technoprenuers in determining the commercialisation prospects of their innovations,” he added.

Qamus Digital was developed after a thorough research to study the causes of the students’ weaknesses and the need to encourage dropouts in competitive learning. Developed within a short span of three months involving an investment of RM300,000, it will be a useful tool for education and training purposes to enhance students’ learning capability.

With its user-friendly software, Qamus Digital offers a comprehensive library of more than 800,000 word solutions from over 20 dictionaries and can be communicated in 21 languages. Other features include translations, spelling checks, pronunciation functions, and a slew of other capabilities as well as reading, speaking and listening mastery programmes.

Dr. Abu Bakar called on Malaysian students at all levels keep abreast of the latest development and rapid advancement of global Information and Communication Technology. “It remains pertinent for Malaysian students at all levels to keep updated on the available solutions that can help boost their productivity and improve their learning capacity. This is simply because of the highly competitive global environment and our need to advance to achieve a knowledge-based economy in the near future,” he said.

Technology Park Malaysia Sdn Bhd, an agency of MOSTI, has an integrated infrastructure, facilities and support services to assist technopreneurs and entrepreneurs who are keen to commercialize their ideas in the four industry clusters, namely, ICT, Engineering, Biotechnology and Green Technology.

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