Over a thousand parents and students gathered at the Sri Subramaniam Temple, Gunung Cheroh recently for the Kalvi Yaathirai programme organised by the Ipoh Sri Murugan Centre. It was essentially a prayer session to seek Lord Muruga’s blessing for the students’ academic excellence.
Sri Murugan Centre, founded nearly three decades ago by Dato’ Dr M. Thambirajah, provides educational guidance for underprivileged children in primary and secondary schools. The centre has grown in strength from four in 1983 to 103 today. Over the years it has helped some 21,000 students to graduate from both local and foreign universities.
The centre’s coordinator, K. Nachemuthu stressed the importance of falling back on culture and religion to inculcate good values in Indian students. He thanked the parents for their continued support. Similar prayer sessions were also conducted at other centres in the country.
The event started with Kalvi Yaagam, a special prayer ceremony which was graced by the Adun of Manjoi, Dato’ Haji Nazri bin Hj Ismail. Nazri later gave away presents to students who had done well in their studies. He expressed his admiration for the centre’s success in motivating students. “A literate community can bring positive changes to the country,” he remarked.