Live your dreams before its too late

WARNING: This is a very long post!!!

zsharer came across the article by Kalimullah Hassan as per title above in February 2008 and keep the hard copy somewhere in the piles of folders buried in the cabinet. Upon spring cleaning which is almost a decade later zsharer found the hard copy again and reading it give some points to wonder about zsharer own dream. zsharer  used to dream to have a fruit orchard…. but never get the chance to put it into realisation because the land planned for this dream had been taken by the Government to build a housing area. Anyhow let get on with his article with a little of twist from zsharer 🙂

Martin Luther King Jr immortalised the phrase ” I have a dream ..” in his speech at a civil rights march in Washington more than 50 years ago. He said: “I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia, the sons of former slaves and the son of the former slave owners will be able to sit down together at a table of brotherhood.

Like King, all of us have our own dreams.

Author Mark Twain said: “Twenty years from now you will be more dissapointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do”.

“So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbour. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”

In childhood, we dream of becoming ice cream vendors to get the Cornettos for free; we dream of being firemen, wearing a spiffy uniform and saving people.

But dreams change. We grow older and we dream of becoming a doctor, lawyer, Chemistry teacher or an engineer and then the dream change again.

We dream of falling in love with the Physic teacher or the guy with the nice chiselled jawline in Form Five.

The dreams they keep changing until one day, without realising it, reality sinks in and the dreams are no more. A time comes when we just want to get over the next 24 hours, and then the next, and then …

Before you know it, you are 50, a half century is gone, and you start dreaming again. But the aching bones and the gradually increasing breathless tell you that the clock is ticking, and fast.

There is not much time left. Ten, maybe 20 good year, if you are lucky and after that, if you are not already plagued by ill health, every day is a bonus from Allah swt. zsharer mum died at 65 and dad at 79 so its true like Kalimullah said upon reaching 50 we should be aware we have less than 20 to 30 years left to do what we have to do to have a better life in this world and great life to the other side of world.

Sometimes, it takes a friend to remind you that life is not all about working and seeking wealth; sometimes, it takes a tragedy; and sometimes, the realisation just come after you have seen a movie or read a book.

In my case, the realisation has been sinking in the past few years and now with just weeks remaining before I hit that half-century mark, the urgency to fulfil dreams log forgotten becomes greater.

Bob Reiner’s movie, The Bucket List, which did not receive rave reviews despite the star  cast of famous actor Morgan Freeman and Jack Nicholson, made me think harder about the things that I would want to do before it’s too late.

To me it was a great movie. A little cliche maybe, but thought-provoking, nevertheless. Freeman plays Carter Chamber, a mechanic and Nicholson plays eccentric billionaires Edward Cole.

In Chambers’ freshman year, his philosophy professor suggested that his students composed a ‘bucket list’, a collection of all the things they wanted to do before they die (kick the bucket).

Chambers had his dreams of becoming a professor. There were others dream too – to be a millionaire. to be president of the United States,to climb Mount Everest and to visit the majestic sights of the world.

But he met a girl, married her, dropped out of college and became a mechanic. The dreams faded away as the realities of life sunk in. He read a lot and was a walking encyclopaedia.

But the children came, the days spent under the hood of cars prolonged from one day to another, and his dreams slipped further and further away.

One day at work, Chambers get a call from his doctor. He has cancer and has probably  less than a year to live. His whole world collapses.

Cole, meanwhile, had been chairing a board meeting when he coughs blood and collapses. He, too, has cancer and may not live the year out.

Used to getting his way, like insisting that in all the hospitals he owns, no patient has a room to himself, Cole ends up having to share a room with Chambers.

Here we have two characters – a very rich businessman who has gone through many marriages and has  daughter he has not seen many years, a mechanic who had to work long, tough hours to support a growing family.

In the hospital room, one day, Chambers draws up his bucket list – the things he wants to do in the six to twelve months before the big C claims him.

But after a while, knowing he has no time and no means to achieve his dreams, he squashes the list, throws it away and goes to sleep.

Cole comes across Chambers’ crumpled bucket list on the floor and reads it.

Chambers wakes up and is irritated to find his roommate reading his list.

Cole suggests that they draw up a joint bucket list and they try to do all the things they always wanted to do but never had the time (Cole) or money (Chambers).

After some persuasion, Chambers agrees. And with Cole’s wealth and private jet, the duo embark on a journey around the world, doing the things they never thought they would do if the doctors had not told them they were dying.

They skydive, they race fast cars, they visit exotic locales.

The most memorable line of that movies was when Nicholson give his take on what life is all about:”We live, we die and the wheels on the bus go round and round …. May be that’s an ironic way of looking at life but as one reviewer of the movie said: “Having sat through the movies, we can now appreciate the sentiment in that statement for the wisdom that it is”.

The movie may not be a hit but I liked it. There are scenes where you feel a lump in your throat; there are scenes where the dialogue evokes a warm glow inside you.

I have been thinking of my bucket list since I saw the movie. I don’t want to wait until a doctor says to me “I am sorry sir, but your test results …

zsharer have not seen this movie yet but Morgan Freeman is an actor that zsharer like since watching him in ‘Shawshank Redemption” so bucket list it go….


Postgraduate study – is it right for you?

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Postgraduate study is right for you if:

  • you are keen to gain expertise in a particular subject
  • you are motivated to spend time and effort on a difficult and demanding course
  • you have a specific career in mind which requires a postgraduate qualification, such as research manager, academician, petroleum engineer
  • you are employed and your employer encourages both your participation and offers to sponsor you. Some integrated professional development schemes offered by employers include postgraduate study
  • there is clear evidence that it will enhance your career prospects
  • the cost is affordable in your circumstances

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If you are already working and want to pursue postgraduate study without quitting your job there is actually a good way to do it.

Notes from Ministry of Higher Education Malaysia click PhD Industri KPT1


Innovative knowledge for Industry and Academia

An Industrial PhD is a Doctoral Research Program which accommodates the range of activities that support original and innovative work that encompasses the academic, professional and technological fields and is not restricted or related solely to a traditional ‘scientific method’. Qualitatively, Industrial PhD is equivalent to all other types of doctoral programs, including the conventional PhD.

Industrial PhD is a doctoral program that provides opportunities for students/researchers to bridge the gap between two worlds. The objective of the program is to establish cooperation between the university, a company and student/researcher, on a specific research project that is of high value to the company and the participating parties.

There is researcher demand, workforce trends, industry needs and/or national priorities which give rise to the need for the development of such an industrial doctoral program, in transforming the country into an innovation-led economy (New Economic Model).

The development of such an industrial doctoral program is a clear strategic priority for the institution of higher learning, and the Ministry of Higher Education Malaysia (MyBrain15 Initiative).


Industry-based PhD Programme or Industrial PhD at UTM an attractive alternative to the conventional PhD, being better suited to the needs of the industry, and providing a more vocationally oriented doctorate with industrial relevance. It is highly flexible and able to accommodate candidates from all levels of management. It is a full-time postgraduate programme where candidates have the opportunity to spend most of their time carrying out the research at their respective organisations or industries.


  • Research focus based on industrial issues or problems;
  • Joint supervision by experts from the University and industry;
  • Research conducted in the industry and candidates do not have to leave their workplace.
  • A PhD program distinct from the conventional PhD degree in term of mode of research, but preserves the mark of original or innovative research and scholarship expected of a doctoral study;
  • The company benefits from access to new/innovative and valuable knowledge acquired by the student/researcher during his or her studies. In return, the University gains access to new knowledge and innovation provided by the private company.
  • PhD student/researcher is employed by a private company during the entire research work, while being registered as a PhD student at the university.


Full Time at the Industry (Candidate’s workplace)


The main aim of the Industrial PhD is to develop industry professionals not only to be skilled in research but also, capable of demonstrating innovations in the application of knowledge relevant to the industry.

  • Engineering Business Management
  • Building Management Technology
  • Process Plant Management
  • Software Engineering
  • Engineering
  • Manufacturing
  • Information Technology
  • Renewable Energy
  • Green Technology
  • Biotechnology


  • A Master’s degree or equivalent qualification recognised by the University Senate; or
  • Candidates must be currently an employee in the industry in Malaysia as professionals, executives, engineers, researchers or equivalent;
  • Candidates must be a Malaysian citizen.


The study is only offered in full time mode. However, students/researchers are expected to conduct their Doctoral research in their respective companies throughout their registration period. Students are given a minimum of 3 years and a maximum of 6 years to complete the Industrial PhD Program.


Each student will be assigned to a minimum of two supervisors: one from the university and the other, someone from the industry who has substantial experience or expertise in the relevant areas of the research topic.

Supervision and monitoring processes are to be undertaken by the appointed supervisors.

Supervision and thesis evaluation practices are similar to those practised in the conventional PhD program.

    Additional Notes

All students must undertake:

1. Research at the workplace;
2. Research with the topic and scope based on real problems at their workplaces, related to their jobs, and in their respective field of specializations;
3. Research projects that have the potential in improving the operation, products, services, business and management of the company.

Students shall also be subjected to the existing UTM regulations related to post-graduate studies for conferment of PhD

For industry executives/ researchers or students interested in the Industrial PhD, your first step should be to organize an employer and university representatives (or supervisors) for your PhD project. Once you have done this, your employer will send an application to the University and followed by application to the Ministry of Higher Education.


Applicants who fulfil the above requirements can apply Online at application should be submitted with a brief research proposal, and the approval/supporting letter from the employer.

The proposal should include background of study, problem/s to be addressed, research questions, research objectives, scope, significance of research, short review of the literature in proposed study area, methodology, and research schedule.

Upon successful selection, candidates will be issued with an offer letter from UTM/SPS to pursue the Industrial PhD Program.

For further information, please contact

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Shreeshivadasan
School of Graduate Studies
Level 8, Menara Razak
Universiti Teknologi Malaysia
Jalan Sultan Yahya Petra, 54100
Kuala Lumpur
Tel : +603 – 2180 5178
Fax : +603 – 2180 5188
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