Turn­ing pas­sion into busi­ness

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“AS a child, I would al­ways pester my mum to buy me pets and not toys,” re­called Di­nend Si­valingam, a fi­nal-year stu­dent in Bach­e­lor of Busi­ness Ad­min­is­tra­tion (Hons) in In­ter­na­tional Busi­ness at Ni­lai Uni­ver­sity.

His sis­ters Revathi Si­valingam and Vengdesh­vary Si­valingam are also stu­dents at Ni­lai Uni­ver­sity. Vengdesh­vary, the youngest in the fam­ily, is a sopho­more stu­dent un­der­tak­ing the Bach­e­lor of In­for­ma­tion Tech­nol­ogy (Hons) (In­ter­net En­gi­neer­ing and Cloud Com­put­ing), while Revathi is also a fi­nal-year stu­dent in the Bach­e­lor of Busi­ness Ad­min­is­tra­tion (Hons) in In­ter­na­tional Busi­ness.

At a ten­der age, Di­nend reared a rare breed of chicken – ayam serama, the world’s smallest chicken which is of­ten en­tered in com­pe­ti­tions through­out Malaysia. With his fam­ily’s en­cour­age­ment, Di­nend started a web­site ad­vis­ing peo­ple on how to breed, care, and train these chick­ens for com­pe­ti­tions.

While pur­su­ing the Foun­da­tion in Sci­ence, he dis­cov­ered that he also as­pired to be an en­tre­pre­neur. His mother gave her bless­ing and even­tu­ally, the whole fam­ily be­came part of Di­nend’s core team. In just three years, he es­tab­lished R&D Cap­i­tal Lo­gis­tics, pro­vid­ing lo­gis­tic ser­vices in trans­port­ing pets.

As he gained more knowl­edge from the Bach­e­lor of Busi­ness Ad­min­is­tra­tion (Hons) in In­ter­na­tional Busi­ness, he ex­panded his busi­ness fur­ther, re­cently ven­tur­ing to Sin­ga­pore.

“The course in in­ter­na­tional busi­ness broad­ened my hori­zon as I learned to look at all an­gles in run­ning and ex­pand­ing my start-up busi­ness,” said Di­nend.

School of Mar­ket­ing and Man­age­ment head Vigneswara­rao Ap­palanaidu ex­plained that the teach­ing method­ol­ogy at Ni­lai Uni­ver­sity fo­cuses on train­ing stu­dents to be an­a­lyt­i­cal and ver­sa­tile.

“We en­cour­age stu­dents to par­tic­i­pate ac­tively in class. Stu­dents will de­liver solo and team pre­sen­ta­tions as part of their as­sign­ments. Team­work is a key fo­cus here. To thrive in a busi­ness, work­ing with peo­ple from all walks of life is fun­da­men­tal. This will lead to de­vel­op­ing a proper struc­ture, sys­tem and sup­port,” he said.

Busi­ness pro­grammes in dif­fer­ent spe­cialised fields

There are five Hon­ours Busi­ness De­gree pro­grammes of­fered by the Fac­ulty of Busi­ness, Hos­pi­tal­ity and Hu­man­i­ties in var­i­ous spe­cialised fields:

1) In­ter­na­tional Busi­ness

2) Mar­ket­ing

3) Hu­man Re­source Man­age­ment 4) Man­age­ment 5) Gen­eral Busi­ness Ad­min­is­tra­tion Stu­dents who have just com­pleted their SPM/SPMV/UEC or the equiv­a­lent can di­rectly en­rol in the Foun­da­tion in Busi­ness or Diploma in Busi­ness Ad­min­is­tra­tion be­fore opt­ing for a spe­cialised de­gree pro­gramme.

The ver­sa­tile Diploma in Busi­ness Ad­min­is­tra­tion pro­gramme gives stu­dents a head start in the busi­ness world. It in­cor­po­rates nine core cour­ses and other vi­tal cour­ses cov­er­ing the in­ter-re­lated as­pects of busi­nesses.

The ex­po­sure to these dif­fer­ent ar­eas of busi­ness helps stu­dents de­cide on their field of spe­cial­i­sa­tion. Af­ter com­plet­ing the Diploma in Busi­ness Ad­min­is­tra­tion in two and a half years, stu­dents can then de­cide on their spe­cialised busi­ness de­gree.

“We craft these cour­ses to ex­pose stu­dents to the dif­fer­ent ar­eas of run­ning a busi­ness. So if other stu­dents are bud­ding en­trepreneur­s like Di­nend, they will grasp the knowl­edge, ap­ply and keep gain­ing the mo­men­tum to ex­pand their hori­zons.

“It is en­rich­ing when we see our stu­dents liv­ing their true po­ten­tial. This is the most sig­nif­i­cant role of any ed­u­ca­tor,” ex­plained Vigneswara­rao.

Nur­tur­ing po­ten­tial

Di­nend is ever grate­ful to his lec­tur­ers: “I can ask my lec­tur­ers for ad­vice any­time and bounce off ideas with them. It is very en­cour­ag­ing and keeps me mo­ti­vated to pro­pel my busi­ness to an­other level.”

De­ter­mined to ex­pand R&D Cap­i­tal Lo­gis­tics, Di­nend is col­lab­o­rat­ing with his cus­tomers and close friends to set up an­other branch as well as a farm in East Malaysia.

Although he will only be grad­u­at­ing next year, he has set more am­bi­tious plans to ex­plore and ex­pand to other re­lated busi­nesses.

“In this era, the busi­ness land­scape is con­stantly chang­ing so hav­ing the pas­sion and knowl­edge is one as­pect, but per­sonal de­sire and the drive to suc­ceed is equally im­por­tant. We train stu­dents in risk man­age­ment as well as in the busi­ness pro­grammes,” said Vigneswara­rao.

Ni­lai Uni­ver­sity of­fers many schol­ar­ships to stu­dents who have just com­pleted their SPM, SPMV, UEC, O-Lev­els, STPM and A-Lev­els. El­i­gi­ble stu­dents will en­joy par­tial or full tu­ition fee waivers if they ex­cel aca­dem­i­cally or in sports or so­ci­eties.

Di­nend, seen here with his sis­ters Vengdesh­vary (left) and Revathi, has set up a suc­cess­ful pet trans­port busi­ness called R&D Cap­i­tal Lo­gis­tics.

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