“Education for women is the basic requirement for the progress of human society,” says Mrs Raja Chowdari, President of The Kamala Club, Singapore. The non-profit organisation recently made a gift to the National University of Singapore (NUS) in support of the education of female Singaporean-Indian students in the University.
“Considering that only a small percentage of women are in employment and business, there is a greater need to support the cause. Any initiative in this direction will be considered as a step forward in the right direction,” she explains.
The gift will go towards the establishment of the Kamala Club Singapore Medal for the best performing graduating female Singaporean-Indian as well as bursaries for needy female Singaporean-Indian students.
Established in 1950, the Club is a non-profit organisation that has been promoting and facilitating social, charitable, humanitarian and culturally enriching activities and services for the local Indian community and underprivileged groups in Singapore. It has a long history of supporting relief causes such as flood relief and other natural disasters. It also regularly contributes to old age homes and missions and organises awareness talks on breast cancer and women related diseases, and exhibitions on ethnic Indian arts and fares. It raises funds from various programmes such as classes in yoga, dancing and cooking.
NUS President Professor Tan Chorh Chuan expresses, “We are pleased that The Kamala Club, Singapore has chosen NUS as a recipient of their philanthropic support. Their gift will enable the University to provide opportunities for outstanding young Singaporean women to excel, fulfil their potential and eventually make a positive impact on society. We hope that the generosity of The Kamala Club, Singapore will also inspire others to join us in expanding access to a transformative university education.”