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
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."
Skill Training Programme for School Leavers 2011
Date : March 26, 2011
Aim : To motivate school leavers with poor academic results to enrol into government sponsored skills training institutes (Institut Latihan Perindustrian, ILP).
This program was aimed at enrolling Indian students with poor SPM grades into various industrial courses offered by Institut Latihan Perindustrian (ILP) under the purview of the Ministry of Human Resources. The target participants were given an overview of the ILP programmes. The ILP instructors, TheMIND committee, volunteers, and current ILP students advised the applicants on the courses that would match their respective SPM grades. Online application for ILP programmes was carried out. Success stories from the previous underachiever's project were shared with participants. TheMIND partially sponsored the registration fee (RM 10) with its contribution of RM 5.00 for each application.
Among all applicants, 9 were offered entrance to various ILPs and 7 offered to Kolej Komuniti. The remaining 5 students were rejected due to very poor academic achievement. Based on our followups with successful applicants, all successful applicants have been enrolled at ILPs and 3 of the 7 applicants for Kolej Komuniti have been enrolled as well. This year, we have recorded approximately 80% success rate of admission and 100% enrolment in ILP courses.
'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.
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.
Micro Entrepreneurship Development Clinic (MEDC) 2011
Date : January 29, 2011
Aim : To guide micro entrepreneurs on developing a proper business plan and to help source funding
This is an ongoing project to guide business entrepreneurs and non entrepreneurs on business related opportunities. Five participants will be selected for each clinic and provide business mentoring.
A total of one (1) clinic has been conducted on 29th January 2011 with 5 participants. Participants were from various fields and seek guidance such as funding for new business or business expansion, marketing strategy, to get insight of business before start, to create business proposal and etc.After attending this clinic, most participants understand their business well and started to look at their business in different prospective. Many grants and loans opportunities were revealed to them.