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TheMIND of Champions 2016
Date : April 02, 2016
TheMIND of Champions 2016
 
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MOC'16 featured Prof. Dr.-Ing. Ir. Renuganth Varatharajoo, Deputy Vice Chancellor (Industry and Community Relations) of Universiti Putra Malaysia and a leading scientist in the field of Space & Satellite System. His power talk highlighted on sustainable success to create a perfect state. The take-home message was, knowledge is indeed power, however good values need to be cultivated in our journey towards success. The session ended with question and answers allowing the participants to exchange opinions and discuss issues related to personal and community development. This event successfully created the platform for positive interaction between participants and the speaker. MOC'16 also featured the presentation of TheMIND Award 2015 for excellent achievements in undergraduate studies and for the first time, the postgraduate studies. In addition, TheMIND 3E programme was launched in this event.
 
TheMIND of Champions 2014
Date : November 29, 2014
TheMIND of Champions 2014
 
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TheMIND of Champions 2014
 
Skills Training Program(ILP) 2014
Date : April 05, 2014
TheMIND in collaboration with VIVEKKAM, PIBG & Alumni of SRK(T) Tasek Permai, Penang has conducted the 8th Skill Training Program at SRK(T) Tasek Permai, Simpat Ampat, Penang on 5th April 2014 (Saturday). This half day program was specially tailored to encourage the enrolment of the local Indian students with poor achievement in SPM into public skill training centers mainly ‘Institut Latihan Perindustrin’ (ILP).
 
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Approximately 60 over SPM leavers, current SPM students and their respective parents were attended this event and we have managed to registered 30 SPM leavers via online for various programs that offered by institutes under the ‘Jabatan Tenaga Manusia’, Ministry of Human Resources. The program has started with a welcoming speech by Mr. Asaithamby Ramaiyah, the member of TheMIND and VIVEKKAM and proceed with an introductory talk by Assoc. Prof. Dr. Rajesh Ramasamy, director of Skill Training Program’14, TheMIND. The invited speaker, Mr Yogamurugan Arumugam, lecturer from ILP Arumugam Pillai Nibong Tebal delivered his speech pertaining to the required information on industrial skill based courses offered by JTM’s institutes, facilities available and the prospects of ILP graduates in future. This session was further embedded with experience sharing with Mr. Parthiban, a current ILP student who pursues a IT course in ILP Perai. Interactive Q&A session and one-to-one counselling session were conducted to assist the SPM leavers to select the appropriates courses based on their academic achievement and personal interest. Upon counselling, participants were instantly registered for the intended course via online and those who had already registered, their courses were amended according to their results and needs. Students with various academic achievements were registered accordingly for the courses offered by ILP, ADTEC, IKBN, Kolej Komuniti and Polytechnics.
 
TheMIND of Champions 2013(MOC'13)
Date : December 14, 2013
TheMIND of Champions 2013 (MOC'13) was successfully held on December 14, 2003 at Seri Pacific Hotel, Kuala Lumpur.
 
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TheMIND of Champions 2013 (MOC'13) was successfully held on December 14, 2003 at Seri Pacific Hotel, Kuala Lumpur. This program, first of its kind, was aimed at motivating our youth (including students) to propel forward in their academic and professional pursuits. MOC'13 featured Tan Sri Dr Mani Jegathesan, the 'Flying Doctor' who was once Asia's fastest man, and Mr Ramasamy K Veeran, Founder and Managing Director of Merchantrade Asia Sdn Bhd, as inaugural speakers.

In the first power talk, Tan Sri Dr Mani Jegathesan described his pathway to success as a sportsman, medical doctor and scientist by giving an interesting A to Z on how he swam against the tide to triumph in capacities not many have even come close to. He stressed that in the journey of achieving championship (not just sports, but every social endeavor), the mind drives, controls and moderates every activity that leads to achieving the desired outcome.

In the second power talk, Mr Ramasamy K Veeran gave participants an insight into what it took for him to grow Merchantrade Asia into a leading award-winning company. He described his struggle in his early years and how he took the plunge of starting a business at a time when the Asian financial crisis was looming. He shaped his entrepreneurial pathway by being steadfast about being on top of his game. He stressed on determination of the mind and spirit.

MOC'13 attracted 144 participants, who came from as far north as Sungai Petani, Kedah and as far south as Batam, Indonesia. MOC'13 also featured the presentation of TheMIND Award for excellent achievements in undergraduate studies. The four recipients of TheMIND Award for 2013 were: Banu Jothimalar (USCI), Shamala Vadivelu (UTeM), Shobana Nair Saseedharan (MMU) and Nallyswari Thiagarajan (UMP).

MOC'13 registered an approval rating of almost 100% based on written evaluation collected from about 40% of the participants.
 
The National Indian Youth Convention 2010
Date : July 03, 2010
Aim : To promote excellence within the Indian community so as to contribute significantly to nation building, to provide a platform for positive interaction between convention participants and successful Malaysians, to facilitate exchange of ideas and sharing of experience
 
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It was July 3, 2010 at the Grand Dorsett Subang. They dared to dream, soldiered on and conquered. Their "rag to riches" stories, of having made good against the odds they faced, were etched in the minds of delegates at a convention to motivate Malaysian Indian youths to strive for excellence. The heroes in these success stories, several of whom are recognized globally, were at the NIYC '10 with one single objective - to be role models for Indian youths.

Organized for the second time by TheMIND, NIYC '10 assembled an impressive panel of speakers such as Tan Sri G Gnanalingam, who delivered the keynote address, Dato' Sri Edmund Santhara, Prof Dr Shamala Devi Sekaran, Dato' AK Nathan, Dato' Ambiga Sreenevasan and Dato' Vijay Eswaran.

A forum on Cross Domain Excellence was also held, featuring Malaysian Astronaut Program finalist Vanajah Siva, sitar maestro Samuel J Dass and Palladium Consulting Managing Director Mohamed Bashir Shariff.

More than 500 Malaysian Indian youths (comprising working professionals and students) listened to these towering Malaysian Indians in a one day convention aptly themed "Pursuing Excellence." Indeed, the NIYC '10 was a meeting of minds convention delegates and successful Malaysian Indians, and an opportunity for networking.

TheMIND President, Dr Ganesan Vadamalai, in his opening address, said the NIYC '10 was a platform for youths and successful Indian businessmen and corporate figures to interact, exchange ideas and share experiences. He hoped the personal meeting between the delegates and the towering figures would motivate youths to strive for success. Quoting Dr APJ Abdul Kalam, the former President of India, Dr Ganesan said TheMIND hoped "to sow the seeds in young minds of today that the sky is the limit" and that hard work would make everything possible.

In closing, the NIYC '10 Organizing C0 chairman, Dr Siva K Balasundram, thanked all delegates for attending the convention, the distinguished speakers for taking time to share their success stories, the sponsors for coming forward to help make the event possible, and the dynamic organizing team for striving hard to deliver an event of such gravity. He added that: "Excellence should no longer be seen as a skill, but rather an attitude. The teamwork of putting together NIYC '10 is our brand of excellence."
 
Be The Change(ARUNA Project 2011)
Date : February 26, 2011
Aim : This seminar aimed to motivate youth to realise their potential and work towards betterment in terms of personal growth, self-actualisation, character building and responsibility towards self, others and society.
 
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This half day seminar was held on February 26, 2011, and was targeted at Malaysian Indian youths studying in public and private institutions of higher learning. This seminar was aimed at motivating youth to realize their potential and work towards betterment, in terms of personal growth, self-actualization, character building, and responsibility towards self, others and society. The speakers touched on some serious issues affecting the Indian youth. The crowd of 153 youth listened to the speakers attentively as they stressed on the importance of having a positive attitude in life.
 
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