Our Anchors

Message from the Chairman

Mr. Gopal Varutharaju

As we navigate through the aftermath of the Covid-19 pandemic, we recognize the profound impact it has left on the lives and livelihoods of our fellow Singaporeans. Despite the
commendable efforts of our government in providing assistance packages, there are still many among us who continue to face hardships, be it from the loss of loved ones or the loss of livelihoods.

However, amidst these trying times, we have witnessed an inspiring wave of compassion and generosity. Individuals from all walks of life have stepped forward, opening their hearts and wallets to support needy and deserving Singapore Indian students in their educational pursuits. This selfless giving serves as a beacon of hope and inspiration for all of us at SIET.

In 2023, we witnessed a surge in applications for bursaries, largely due to the economic repercussions of the pandemic. Thanks to our enduring partnership with SINDA, we were able to provide much-needed support to 485 students, totalling $683,850 in bursaries. Our dedicated volunteers in the resource panel meticulously assessed each applicant to ensure that funds were allocated to those who needed them the most, while also offering invaluable
mentorship and guidance.

Year saw an increase in the number of interest-free study loans disbursed. From assisting 47 students totalling to $271,884 in 2022, in 2023, the Trust disbursed loans to 65 students amounting to $$324.226.

Looking ahead, we are committed to further enhancing our support system for students. As highlighted in 2022, we aim to establish alumni networks to provide ongoing support beyond graduation, fostering a sense of community and giving back.

Our fundraising efforts saw remarkable success, notably through our Annual Charity Golf event, we were able to raise net proceeds of $250,320. We are grateful for the generosity of our patrons and the hard work of our volunteers, which made this achievement possible.

Additionally, our investment committee’s prudent management has yielded favourable returns, and we are exploring avenues to deepen engagement with donors and foster regular contributions to support our initiatives.

In line with our commitment to transparency and efficiency, we have revamped our website and enhanced features in SRM system to streamline our application processes and reduce administrative burdens.

As we forge ahead, we remain steadfast in our mission to empower Singapore Indian students and pave the way for a brighter future. With the continued support of our partners, volunteers, donors, and well-wishers, we are confident in our ability to make a meaningful difference in the lives of those we serve.

Gopal Varutharaju
Chairman
SIET

Trustees

Vikram Nair

President

V. P. Jothi

Vice President

Sat Pal Khattar

Vice President

Shabbir Hassanbhai

Vice President

K. Kesavapany

Vice President

Council Members

Jayaprakash
Jagateesan

Chairman

Panneer
Selvam P.

Vice Chairman

Ramesh
Selvaraj

Vice Chairman

Prakash
Anandan

General Secretary

Kuhanaselvan
Retnam

Asst. General Secretary

Subramanian
Kasi

General Treasurer

Anbarasu
Rajendran

Council Member

Mayur
Ghelani

Council Member

Puvirasa
Ho Ai Jit

Council Member

Susheel
Kaur

Council Member

Muthusamy Deivanai

Muthusamy
Deivanai

Council Member

Surekha
Ahgir Yadav

Council Member

Mathusuthan
Parameswaran

Council Member

Nandhu

Nandhu
 

Council Member

Saravanan Pannir Selvam

Saravanan
Pannir Selvam

Internal Auditor