|Datin Puteri Juliana binti Abdul Aziz, Senior Lecturer of SHTCA (4th from right of the standing row) with her 11 students who organise SHTCA Deepavali Charity Lunch 2017. |
In grooming up a successful event planner, the School of Hospitality, Tourism and Culinary Arts (SHTCA) at KDU University College knows best, that its students need to go through a series of stringent hands-on training, which includes organising and managing a real live event!
On 10th October 2017, in conjunction with the celebration of Deepavali, 11 Bachelor of Hospitality Management students who major in Event Management, had come out with a thrilling and colourful event – SHTCA Deepavali Charity Lunch 2017, which brought the house down at KDU’s multipurpose hall, Utropolis Glenmarie campus.
With the attendance of more than 200 of guests which comprised of the citizen of KDU and its top management team, as well as ex-students, alumni and other invited guests, this event had raised more than RM8000 for the unprivileged community, four times more than what has been targeted!
By purchasing RM30 per ticket or sponsoring RM250 per table for this luncheon, the good Samaritans not only participated in this charity luncheon served with a variety of traditional Indian cuisine but also extended their kindness to the poor. At the same time, the guests enjoyed an atmosphere that was greatly filled with the jolly of Deepavali and also time together with KDU’s inter-ethnic community.
“The proceeds of the lunch will go to three homes we identified around Klang Valley – The Pure Life Society, Siddharthan Care Centre and Rumah Kebajikan Karunai Illam in Kepong, Kuala Lumpur which need help the most,” said Datin Puteri Juliana binti Abdul Aziz, Senior Lecturer of SHTCA.
Talking on how this process had trained up her students in the subjects of Event Project Management and Risk Management, Datin Puteri Juliana explained, “This is the final project for students major in Event Management. As students came up with their proposals, I went through them one by one, to pick one that is matched with the aim of organising an event which involves the elements of charity and public.”
“In ensuring the student actually learned up something concrete and practical, as well as taking into consideration of incorporating theory and practice of the subjects, we finally decided to put up SHTCA Deepavali Charity Lunch 2017,” shared Datin Puteri Juliana.
She further elaborated, as the event planners need a skillset of creative thinking abilities and project management proficiencies in order to produce an exceptional event on time and on budget, therefore, hands-on training for the students is a ‘must’ in ensuring the best learning outcome.
“At the same time, we cultivate their good attitude, passion and heedful attention to the details, in order to prepare students for the real world,” enthused Datin Puteri while expressing her happiness in seeing her students did a good job in executing this event in great order.
According to her, there are many successful alumni working as the walking testimony of SHTCA’s incomparable training module that made KDU proud. “I received a lot of compliments on our students’ achievements and good performance in the real world. One of them is Ravi Raj Sawlani, who founded ‘Transforming Rural Youth (TRY) Project’ in Sabah, he is actually continue what we have done here, focusing on developing and delivering skills training courses to rural youth, to me, this is very much a CSR initiative,” concluded Datin Puteri.