MRSM Pengkalan Chepa
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Maktab Rendah Sains MARA Pengkalan Chepa, commonly known as MRSM Pengkalan Chepa (formerly known as MRSM Kota Bharu) is one of the pioneer junior science colleges set up by Majlis Amanah Rakyat or MARA in Malaysia. The college was established in 1973 when it admitted its 149 pioneer students who completed their Malaysian Certificate of Examination in 1977. This college is now known as Maktab Rendah Sains Mara Pengkalan Chepa as the college was built on a 17 acres (69,000 m2) land in Pengkalan Chepa, a suburb located at the outskirt of Kota Bharu. MRSM Kota Bharu was inaugurated on 12 August 1975 by His Majesty Sultan Yahya Petra.
The college was set up to enable more Bumiputera students to take up and excel in science stream before pursuing courses such engineering, architecture, surveying and medicine at the tertiary level in Malaysian and foreign institutions of higher learning.
The original motto of MRSM Kota Bharu was "Mara Hingga Jaya". It was then changed to "Berdisiplin, Berilmu, Beramal" which is used until today.
The principals of the college are:
- Tajuddin Shamsudin
- Nik Ahmad Nik Yaacob
- Zin Abu
- Ghazali Manap
- Shahbudin Hashim
- Hussin Ibrahim
- Wan Tik Sakinah Wan Mohd Zin
- Roslan Syukor
- Wan Nasihah Wan Abdullah
- Wan Ghani
- Shaaroni Kasmani
- Mahzan Atan
The former students of MRSM Kota Bharu has set up an alumni body known as Persatuan Bekas Pelajar MRSM Kota Bharu or Ansara Kota Bharu. Many of them went further to occupy key positions in government and private sectors. Among them are:
- Mukhriz Mahathir who is the Chief Minister in State of Kedah Darul Aman
- Nik Mohd Hasyudeen Nik Yusoff who is the Executive Chairman of Audit Oversight Board, Securities Commission