Aiming to connect youths across the nation on a single platform with key industry players and experts from various fields, the Youth Wing of Telugu Association of Malaysia (TAM) held its first Virtual Youth Conference (TYC2021) on the 11th – 12th of September, themed ‘Engaging Minds, Empowering Success’. 533 youth delegates across the country participated in the conference.
The event was officiated with an opening speech by the organizing chairman Gopi Naidu Appaman, followed by a speech by
TAM youth chief Jegathees Rao, an address from the president of Telugu Association of Malaysia, Dr Vengkata Prathap and a speech by Thinalan T. Rajagopalu, Malaysian Indian Congress (MIC), National MIC Youth Leader.
A series of keynote speaker presentations were then delivered, by Dr Vengkata Prathap and Datuk Dr Achaiah Kumar Rao, advisor of the Telugu Association of Malaysia on ‘Youth Volunteerism in Preserving Language and Culture’. The importance of preserving our mother tongue and culture in the modern world was also discussed.
Ramana K. Naidu, CEO of FAMOX AGROTECH held a presentation themed ‘Agriculture Empowers the Youth’. He presented a brief overview of the agricultural sector and covered some of the activities youths could explore such as grain corn cultivations. K.S. Apparavoo, manager in AKPK held a discussion on the topic of financial sustainability, titled ‘Brighter Days Ahead – Towards Financial Sustainability’. He provided advice on secure financial management for the younger generation and highlighted key points on growing wealth responsibly.
Raagavendran Nagarajan, cyber security consultant from Salem, India delivered a keynote speech titled ‘Protecting Your Digital World – Stop. Think. Connect’. Eye-opening details related to cybercrime in the 21st century were revealed. Privacy issues as well as social media crimes were also presented to the participating delegates.
Part one of the forum session on ‘Career Pathways – Insights from Experts’ consisted of industry players and experts in the private and public sector including Vinod Prasad Appanan, vice president, operations (BPO industry); Dr Sri Lakshmi Kanniah, principal assistant director, ICT Consulting Division, MAMPU, Prime Minister’s department; Mohan Babu Narayanan, group executive director, MNB Group and Subramaniam Ramanaidu, senior facilities manager (semiconductor industry). The panelists discussed and addressed issues that covered job retrenchment as well as jobs that are in high demand across fast-growing industries in Malaysia.
The second day featured a keynote speech from Muhammad Hilman Rao, Human Resources Director from Nexperia Malaysia, titled ‘Job Market – How to Stand out from the Rest?’. Nedumaran Elangovan, Principal Consultant from Quantumaya held a presentation titled ‘Digital Entrepreneurship’. Dr Kawselyah Juval, Public Health Specialist from Ministry of Health Malaysia and Hari Nishanth Rao, certified personal trainer and online coach held a presentation on ‘The Ultimate Guide to be Healthy’.
Part two of the panelist forum ‘Career Pathway – Insights from the experts’ featured speakers from the industrial, legal, education and communication sectors including Thirupathi Rao, climate change specialist; Siva Soorianarayanan, advocate and solicitor; Dr Premdass Ramdas, lecturer in medical biotechnology; G. Govinda Rao, CEO, Beameron Innovation Sdn Bhd and Ram Anand Subbarao, senior journalist and author.