SINDA’s CEO K Barathan is committed to helping Indian youth fulfill their aspirations. One major step in that direction is this year’s Back To School Festival, which is being completely funded through external donations
11/26/2014 3:42:41 PM
|written By : Nithya Subramanian|
Working with the Singapore Indian Development Association (SINDA) was almost like working with any top corporate organization, shorn of any kind of red tape or delays. Once the decision to feature its new Chief Executive Officer (CEO) K Barathan on the cover was taken, things moved at a swift pace. Without much ado, the photography and interview were completed and what struck us the most about him was his approachability and self-effacing quality.
For someone who has taken over the self-help group for the Indian community, these qualities are sure to stand him in good stead. In just half a year of taking over the top job, he has managed to dramatically scale up the Back To School Festival (BTSF), which will see a turnout of over 5,000 students and their family members at the Singapore Zoo, with complete donor funding. “We have not dipped into the SINDA fund for this, but have almost doubled the number of student beneficiaries,” said Barathan. This annual event prepares Indian students from the low-income group with basic essentials and a bursary.
On a rainy afternoon, amidst the bustle of our cover shoot, the 58-year-old Barathan spoke to India Se about his professional journey as well as vision and plans for SINDA.