Global Indian International School Donates SGD250,000 to SINDA

Published on 25 Mar 2017
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Co-Founder of GIIS, handed over the cheque to DPM Tharman, the Chairman of SINDA

  • Global Indian International School (GIIS) donates SGD 250,000 to Singapore Indian Development Association (SINDA)
  • SINDA receives cheque for funds to support Indian students’ educational pursuits in Singapore
  • GIIS’ CSR outreach includes contributions to the ethnic Indian community in Singapore    

Global Indian International School (GIIS), one of Asia’s leading international schools, today donated S$250,000 to Singapore Deputy Prime Minister (DPM) Tharman Shanmugaratnam on behalf of the Singapore Indian Development Association (SINDA). The donation by GIIS, will be used to support SINDA’s tuition programmes and support India students’ educational pursuits in Singapore.

Mr  Atul Temurnikar, Co-Founder of GIIS, handed over the cheque to DPM Tharman, the Chairman of SINDA, at a ceremony attended by SINDA trustees, executive committee members and senior board members from Singapore-based GIIS.

Commenting on the occasion, Mr. Atul Temurnikar, Co-Founder of GIIS, said, “Social responsibility is a pillar of GIIS’ ethos as an educational institution. Singapore is home to our headquarters and the country in which we have the highest student population. By helping the underprivileged, we are not only integrating with local society but also teaching our students to pay it forward. We are glad to be able to give these aspiring students opportunities to reach their full potential.”

Singapore Deputy Prime Minister (DPM) Mr. Tharman Shanmugaratnam said, “Many of those who are generous donors to SINDA themselves came from very humble backgrounds, and want to create new possibilities for many others. Helping others empower themselves is important not just for SINDA but for Singapore society. We thank GIIS for its efforts and SINDA will put these resources to very good use.”

SINDA is a self-help group for Singaporean Indians. It emphasises education, youth achievement, family services and active collaboration, as part of the holistic progress of the Indian community. Its educational initiatives and tuition programmes are intended to improve the academic performance of Indian students across all levels.

GIIS’ CSR outreach includes contributions to the ethnic Indian community in Singapore through SINDA and the Indian Heritage Centre.

About Global Indian International School

Global Indian International School (GIIS) is a global network of award-winning premier international schools with more than 15,000 students across 20 campuses in Singapore, Malaysia, Japan, Thailand, UAE, Vietnam and India.

Founded in 2002, GIIS offers a comprehensive range of International and Indian curricula for Kindergarten to Year 12 students. These include the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP), Cambridge IGCSE, the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) and the Global Montessori Plus programme.

GIIS’ mission is to nurture young minds into global leaders and innovators through its proprietary Nine Gems methodology, a holistic approach to teaching that balances academics with sports, performing arts, entrepreneurship and character development.

GIIS is a member of the Global Schools Foundation (GSF). Based on high standards of governance and established academic criteria, GSF has consistently been recognised internationally for excellence in education, and has received more than 70 awards over the past 14 years.

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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. Its key areas of focus are education, youth aspirations, family resilience, social assistance and forging meaningful community partnerships.

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 community organisations and has evolved into a leading pillar of the Singapore Indian community.

Today, SINDA runs a wide array of programmes that not only uplift the educational performance of Indian students, but also promote family harmony and uplift the social status of ethnic Indians.

Mr Tharman Shanmugaratnam, Deputy Prime Minister and Coordinating Minister for Economic and Social Policies, is Chairman of SINDA’s Board of Trustees. Ms Indranee Thurai Rajah, Senior Minister of State for Law and Finance, is President of the Executive Committee.

For more information on SINDA, visit the website -

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