Malaysian Indian Current Challenges

The importance of education is self-evident; people who have benefited from quality education generally have greater life opportunity, higher income, and better quality of life. Education increases the productivity and economic growth of a nation. It is also important in bringing about social, economic, and political inclusion. Education is particularly important to uplift the socioeconomic status of the B40 group. Although much has been achieved in the access to education, the overall status among Malaysian Indians reveals much room for improvement. Thus, the challenge is to ensure Malaysian Indian children and youths are given equal opportunities knowledge building, application and skill trainings.

Program Criteria

Compulsory Requirements

  • Incorporated under ROS/KBS/ROC etc.
  • Committee members must possess a minimum of 3 years’ experience in related field.
  • Human value and character building training must be incorporated in the programme module.


  • Programme must be executed by the organisation’s members and volunteers and outsourcing is strictly prohibited
  • If the entity has previously received funds from SEDIC, the performance of the NGO/organisation will be taken into account in the evaluation process.

Optional Requirements

NGOs are responsible in:

  • Experience in carrying out activities at national, state or local level (as per requirement), with an in-depth understanding of the communities they serve.
  • Understanding issues of target groups being addressed.
  • Maintain a good relationship with stakeholders in priority areas to ensure the success of the programme.
  • Keep updated on current issues and policies introduced by the government with regards to education
  • Provide counselling, guidance and skills training to “handhold” the participants to achieve their objectives.
  • Trainers and speakers who are highly educated and professional officers such as experienced teachers, university lecturers and officials from departments of the Ministry of Education (MOE);


How can you help?
  • Assists to improve the academic performance of Indian students specifically increasing the pass rate of UPSR, PT3 and SPM.
  • Assist to organise and strengthen ICT classes in schools throughout the country, especially for students from B40 families who have no access to ICT literacy outside of school.


  • Assist to strengthen language proficiency among students so that they are fully prepared to enter mainstream education without having to attend the remove class.
  • Assist to reduce the dropout rate at primary and secondary levels.
  • Providing early guidance facilities related to TVET training and other niche skills training (based on industrial needs) for post-PT3, post-secondary education, dropouts, under achiever Indian families and prepare them for future jobs.
  • Collaborate with selected ministry (example: MOE, to act as strategic coordinators of programmes and information dissemination centers on opportunities at all colleges, universities, polytechnics and higher education institutions).
  • Create awareness amongst Malaysian Indians of educational opportunities in government institutions.
  • Assist the Malaysian Indian community especially the B40s who have the capacity to increase their ability to have a good education.
  • Encourage the importance of education among Malaysian Indians especially for low-income families


Program Output & Outcome


  • The number of Indians students benefiting in capacity building and outreach programmes and seminars
  • Increase in the number of youth participation in seminars and outreach programmes.
  • Increase in enrolment of children aged 4, 5, 6 into MITRA preschool program


  • Increase in the performance rate of Indian students from SJKT.
  • Increase in the number of intake into public tertiary education institutions.


  • Reduction in the number of Indian students in remove class and number of Indian students in disciplinary case.
  • Optimal admission rate of Indian students into public/private tertiary education institutions
  • Reduction in dropout rate amongst IB40 children at the primary and secondary level.
  • Improved quality of life among the Indian youths with high educational attainment
  • Reduction of youth and children’s involvement in juvenile crimes.
  • Improvement in the number of intake among Indian students to all colleges, universities, polytechnics, TVET training institutes and other higher education/institutions to achieve a minimum 10% target set by the Government.
  • Improved B40 community education standards.
  • Reducing the achievement gap in UPSR, PT3 and SPM subjects among Indian students in SK compared with their peers in SJKT, and SJKC