GIF donates $1m to SINDA

GIF donates $1m to SINDA
Noble effort... (from left) governing board member of GIF Subhodh Gore, chairman and co-founders of GIF Atul Temurnikar and Chandu Borde, SINDA president Indranee Rajah, Mr Raja Segar and GIF deputy CEO Kaustubh Bodhankar.

The Global Indian Foundation (GIF) has made a donation of $1 million to the Singapore Indian Development Association (SINDA) for helping students under SINDA's main tuition programmes, STEP and Project Teach.

Under the Memorandum of Understanding signed by GIF and SINDA, the partnership will extend for 10 years and promises an annual steady flow of $100,000 each year to support the curriculum used in SINDA's main tuition programmes. It allows SINDA to draw up long-term plans by allocating this fund to support the needs of students enrolled in STEP and Project Teach, over the next decade.

GIF, a Singapore-based non-profit organisation, was established in 2002. The foundation instituted Global Indian Cultural Centre (GICC) with the mission of preserving and promoting Indian culture among the expatriate and local community in Singapore through a rich array of developmental programmes and activities.

GIF educates the community through programmes in cultural education, yoga and physical fitness and sports, through its arm GICC. The donation to SINDA will come from future operating surpluses of the GICC and fund-raising initiatives.

Said SINDA CEO T. Raja Segar: "GIF has both a talent and volunteer base that can contribute expertise, time and ideas to SINDA. Certain specific processes and pedagogy that has worked for them can be potentially explored for use by SINDA."

Added Member of Parliament and GIF vice-president Inderjit Singh: "GIF's association with SINDA has been significant for the Indian community and we look forward to the support GIF is establishing towards academic guidance. We hope to see more of such new organisations contributing actively to the Singapore society."

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