Friday, January 29, 2016


Praise to Allah SWT for the success of two RISDEV (ISDEV postgraduate by research) candidates, Khatijah Othman and Saharudin Shakrani in their viva voce on 21 January 2016. Their viva took place at C06, Social Science Conference Room, Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) and was divided into morning and afternoon session. 
Khadijah Othman attending her mock viva - a day prior to the actual viva in providing a
realistic presentation for the candidate to enable them adequately prepare for the actual viva
The first candidate, Khatijah Othman’s viva voce was scheduled in the morning. She defended her thesis on "Islamic Compliance Quality Management System (ICQMS): An Analysis from Islamic Tasawwur, Epistemology and Ontology Perspectives" (Pematuhan Sistem Pengurusan Kualiti Islam (PSPKI): Analisis dari Perspektif Tasawwur, Epistemologi dan Ontologi Islam).

The chairman for her viva was Professor Dr. Muhammad Kamarul Kabilan Abdullah from the School of Education Studies, USM while the External Examiner was Associate Prof. Dr. Che Zarrina Binti Sa'ari from the Department of Akidah and Islamic Thought, Academy of Islamic Studies, Universiti Malaya (UM). Her two Internal Examiners were Associate Professor Dr. Zakaria Bahari and Professor Sr. Dr. Mastura Jaafar@Mustapha from School of Housing, Building and Planning (HBP), USM. Her main supervisor Dr. Fadzila Azni Ahmad and her co-supervisor Professor Dr. Muhammad Syukri Salleh, were also present. 
Khadijah Othman during her viva voce. She passed her viva with flying colours and
her thesis is nominated for the best thesis award
During the viva, it could be discerned that she was a little jittery but she managed to answer all questions calmly. The chairman of the viva voce, Prof. Kamarul declared that all examiners were pleased not only with her written thesis but also the manner in which she was able to defend it excellently. Prof. Kamarul unanimously announced that Khatijah passed her viva with flying colours and her thesis is nominated for the best thesis award.

Second candidate, Saharudin Shakrani faced his viva voce in the afternoon session. He defended his thesis on “Penilaian Prestasi Sekuriti Patuh Syariah Terpilih Menggunakan Model Kemeruapan Bersyarat Peletakan Harga Aset Modal Islam" (Performance Evaluation of Selected Syariah Compliant Securities using the Conditional Volatility of Islamic Capital Asset Pricing Model).
Second candidate, Saharudin Shakrani during his mock viva trying
his best to answer all the question calmly
The boards of examiners of his viva voce were Professor Dr. Joni Tamkin Borhan from Academy of Islamic Studies, UM as the External Examiner while Professor Dr. Muhammad Syukri Salleh and Dr. Fadzila Azni Ahmad served as the Internal Examiners. Both of his main and co-supervisors, Associate Dr. Zakaria Bahari and Dr. Zahri Hamat were also present.

During Saharudin's viva, the air was definitely tensed as the candidate was fielded various questions from the examiners. Although he was unable to agree to some of the questions asked and suggestions given by the examiners, he had managed to control the situation and respond with utmost calmness and clarity. The chairperson, Professor Dr. Abdul Ghani Kanesan Abdullah finally announced the candidate passed his viva voce.

Congratulations to both candidates! 

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