Some 300 youths aged between 15 and 25 attended a three-day workshop on leadership, patriotism and entrepreneurship at SMJK(C) Yuk Choy in Ipoh.
Organised by the Perak Indian Chamber of Commerce (PICC), the workshop was aimed at empowering Indian youths to excel by teaching them about human capital development.
PICC president Sultan Abdul Khader said the workshop also taught the youths about the 10 essential values emphasised by former president of India, the late Dr APJ Abdul Kalam.
“The workshop emphasised youth empowerment through lessons focused primarily on holistic growth, developing talent, bridging gaps and enriching lives.
“We believe that early exposure to the right human capital development activities can produce students and youths that the community and nation can be proud of,” Sultan said.
He added that topics relating to youth entrepreneurial opportunities were also brought up to better equip participants who might be eyeing to become entrepreneurs in the future.
“PICC believes that inculcation of values such as leadership and positive self-development is an inclusive tool to secure a brighter future for the younger generation.
“This was also a strategy to contribute towards human capital development for the country,” he added.
To make the workshop fun, representatives from workshop conductor, Abdul Kalam Vision India Movement, introduced a series of fun filled and exciting activities, such as stage play, games, interactive sessions and debates.
State Crime Prevention and Community Safety chief Senior Asst Comm T. Selven, who was invited as guest speaker, spoke about patriotism.
He called on the participants to instil a sense of solidarity towards the country and work hard in transcending differences in a multiracial and multi-religious Malaysia.
MIC vice-president Senator Datuk T. Mohan opened the event, while state executive councillor Datuk Dr Muhammad Amin Zakaria was present at the closing ceremony.
They both lauded PICC’s effort in supporting Indian youth development, adding that workshops like this contribute towards the transformation of youths and students in the country.
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