For Immediate Release
Dated: 26 November 2016
1. SINDA announced today an enhanced subsidy criteria model to benefit students, youth and parents enrolled in its programmes. Through this revised model, more participants enrolled in education, youth and family programmes will enjoy greater subsidies and will continue to benefit from SINDA’s affordable programmes.
2. Under this enhanced subsidy model, families with a per capita income (PCI) of $650 and below will enjoy full fee waivers when they enrol in any of SINDA’s programmes. SINDA is also extending its support to families whose PCIs fall above $650 and within $1,000—these families will now only have to pay a nominal commitment fee when they join our programmes. Households whose PCIs are above $1,000 will continue to enjoy the subsidised rates (between $10-$30) that SINDA currently offers.
3. In revising its subsidy criteria, SINDA has taken into account the current financial landscape and aims to ensure that its programmes and services continue to remain affordable for all participants. SINDA also hopes that this move will encourage more individuals to sign up for SINDA’s programmes and services, as they will need to pay less for its programmes. This revision will take effect from 2017 onwards.
4. SINDA CEO, Mr K Barathan said: “We want to be able to bring out the best in every Indian Singaporean. This revised subsidy model is a tiered approach that will afford families the appropriate assistance that they require and allow them to maximise the resources available to them. This enhanced subsidy is but a step in ensuring the success of our community. We at SINDA are committed to the mission of seeing every individual succeed and we want to be able to support them in their journey to success.”
5. This enhancement will benefit close to 14,000 individuals, or some 70% of SINDA’s clients. The most recent revision before this was in 2014, where SINDA increased the PCI eligibility criteria for families from $450 to $650, enabling more families to join and benefit from SINDA’s programmes.
6. Welcoming this revised PCI model was housewife, Madam Angeline Suguna Sundram, parent of a student beneficiary: “It is a good thing that SINDA is doing to raise the PCI criteria as it helps those in need. It will be especially helpful for children who might not be able to afford tuition now because of their financial circumstances. But with this revision, more children will be able to attend SINDA’S tuition programmes and excel in their studies.”
7. This announcement was made at the Back-To-School-Festival (BTSF) 2016 held at the Umar Pulavar Tamil Language Centre on 26 November. The event saw 1,200 student beneficiaries receiving school kits each worth $180—$120 worth of stationery vouchers and $60 worth of shoe vouchers—to help low-income families with their children’s school expenses. This year’s recipients also included students from the other self-help groups—Chinese Development Assistance Council, Yayasan Mendaki and the Eurasian Association. In addition, most of these beneficiaries also signed up for SINDA’s STEP tuition programme for the coming year.
8. Running concurrently at BTSF was also the Indian Community Bursary Awards Ceremony (ICBAC), which was jointly organised by SINDA, the Singapore Indian Education Trust (SIET) and the Tamils Representative Council (TRC). Through the ICBAC, the 3 organisations will disburse a combined $580,000 in bursaries to Indian students.
9. Both BTSF and ICBAC have been organised since 2002 for the benefit of the Indian community.
About the Singapore Indian Development Association (SINDA)
The Singapore Indian Development Association (SINDA) is a Self-Help Group, set up in 1991 to address educational and socio-economic issues facing the Indian community in Singapore. SINDA actively strives to build a well-educated and confident community of Indians that stands together with the other communities in contributing to the progress of multi-racial Singapore. In the course of fulfilling its objectives, SINDA works closely with many volunteers, schools and grassroots organisations. In the process, SINDA has steadily evolved into a credible organisation that serves as a pillar of the Singapore Indian community. Today, SINDA runs a wide array of programmes that not only improve the educational performance of Indian students, but also promote family harmony and uplift the social status of ethnic Indians. For more information on SINDA, visit the website –
|Manesh Rangarajan (Mr)
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|Priyaa Vasudevan (Ms)
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