Friday, June 17, 2016


Asma al-Husna recitation at 9.30 a.m in C05 room marked the start of the Mock Viva presentation by Mohamad Salleh Abdullah. His PhD title is on "Sistem Penyampaian Wakaf Berteraskan Islam: Satu Kajian Teoritis" (Islamic-based Waqf Delivery System: A Theoretical Study). Eight ISDEV lecturers attended this Mock Viva including Mohamad Salleh's main supervisor, ISDEV Director Prof. Dr. Muhammad Syukri Salleh and co-supervisor, Prof. Madya Dr. Zakaria Bahari, the latter is currently undergoing sabbatical with Universitas Medan Area (UMA), Medan, Indonesia.

At C05 where Mohamad Salleh's mock viva convened.
Questions and comments from all lecturers and postgraduate students that ensued immediately after his presentation had helped him to improve in the defence of his thesis. It had definitely given him the confidence to face his viva-voce scheduled for the next day in the morning of 16 June 2016.

After Mohamad Salleh's mock viva , another RISDEV (ISDEV postgraduate by Research) student, Mohd Zulkifli Mohammad received the endorsement to proceed with the submission of his PhD thesis after presenting his final draft PhD Thesis on "Andaian Ketidak-Terhadan Kehendak Manusia Dalam Ekonomi Islam Arus Peranan: Analisis Berdasarkan Tasawur Islam". (Assumption on Man's Unlimited Wants in Mainstream Islamic Economics: Analysis based on Islamic Worldview).

Mohd Zulkifli presenting the final draft to his PhD thesis at C05.
After being fielded with questions and comments from both students and lecturers of ISDEV in which he was able to answer all them well, Mohd Zulkifli received the good tidings from his evaluator, Dr. Mohd Shukri Hanapi that his final draft was accepted and eligible to be submitted. However, Dr Shukri reminded that Mohd. Zulkifli needed to make all the necessary amendments as recommended before it could be submitted to the Institute of Postgraduate Studies (IPS), USM for viva voce.

Mohamad Salleh in action during his viva proper - stressing a point to defend his PhD thesis.
The next day on 16 June 2016, the struggles of Mohamad Salleh, who embarked in his studies on a part-time basis, juggling work with studies for eight years to complete the thesis finally ended with his viva voce.  His viva was held at Mc Clintock Viva Room, IPS Building, USM at 9.50 a.m.

All for one - commemorating the solat hajat performed for Mohamad Salleh's viva later that morning.
However as usual, which has now become a tradition in ISDEV, a solat hajat performed congregationally prior to a student's viva was held at Masjid al Malik Khalid, USM. There was no exception for Mohamad Salleh that day.
Mohamad Salleh with his Borad of Examiners.
The chairman for his viva was Professor Dr. Hairul Nizam bin Ismail from the School of Education Studies, USM while his External Examiner was Profesor Madya Dr. Patmawati binti Ibrahim from the Department of Management and Technology, Faculty of Technology Management and Business, Universiti Tun Hussein Onn (UTHM). His two Internal Examiners were Dr. Fadzila Azni Ahmad from ISDEV and Dr. Zahri Hamat from the School of Social Sciences. His main supervisor Professor Muhammad Syukri Salleh and his co-supervisor Profesor Madya Dr. Zakaria Bahari were also present.

Rather a tense moment during Mohamad Salleh's viva as everyone was all ears listening to Mohamad Salleh's
defence of his thesis.
During his viva, comments and suggestion from the examiners were well received by Mohamad Salleh as he positively agreed to the comments given. At the end of his viva, he thanked all those present, especially his supervisor and co-supervisor after it was announced that all examiners were satisfied with his defence of his thesis. He had passed his viva voce.

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