21 Nov 2015

SINDA’S Youth are Role Models To Peers 


Press Release
For Immediate Release
Dated: 21 November 2015


  1. “SINDA youth are role models to every Indian youth in the community and are testament to what can be achieved when they work hard and stay positive”, said Ms Indranee Rajah, Senior Minister of State, Minister of Finance & Ministry of Law, and President, SINDA, who was Guest-of-Honour at SINDA’s Positive Youth Development (PYD) Awards Night 2015.
  1. Lauding these students, Ms Indranee highlighted that SINDA has consistently placed importance in promoting character development and leadership skills so that youth who are keen about improving themselves have an avenue to achieve that. All year round, the self-help group works on ensuring that its youth programmes remain relevant to students by aligning to their interests, as well as better understanding their needs.
  1. Commenting on SINDA’s youth programmes, SINDA CEO, Mr K Barathan shared: “Great emphasis is placed on our students’ academics; at the same time, we are also very focused and committed to developing them into holistic individuals who are well equipped to take on challenges of the future”.
  1. A total of 92 participants across five youth programmes, all secondary school students, received awards for the successful completion of the structured programmes that they were a part of. All of them had dedicated considerable time outside of their study hours to the programmes, with some clocking up to 60 hours.
  1. Apart from the various awards presented, 19-year-old Raja Rishi was crowned Valedictorian at the Awards Night. In his speech, Rishi, currently in ITE, highlighted to his fellow award winners that “we are all different and unique. You cannot win a football game with 11 strikers. We each have our own skills and talents, and we must embrace our talent and work hard at it”.
  1. Rishi attributed the positive changes he has experienced to the PYD programmes he attended. Furthermore, he felt that the knowledge and experience he has gathered from the programmes have made him confident enough to go on and achieve more in time to come.
  1. This is the second time PYD Awards Night has been organised by SINDA’s PYD unit. Its programmes include the Guidance and Mentorship Programme (GAME), SINDA Lions, Holiday Engagement Programmes and Peer Leadership Programme. In 2014, PYD reached out to almost 1,200 youth through its programmes.


The Singapore Indian Development Association (SINDA) is a Self-Help Group, set up in August 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 effectively serves to uplift the educational performance of Indian students, but also promotes family harmony and uplifts the social status of ethnic Indians.

For more information on SINDA, visit the website – www.sinda.org.sg

For more information, please contact:

Priyaa Vasudevan (Ms)
Executive, Corporate & Marketing Communications, SINDA
DID: 6393 7228 / Mobile: 9169 1532
Email: priyaa@sinda.org.sg