The staff at the main campus of WOU celebrated Deepavali together today with a lunch feast and several activities organised by their Hindu colleagues.
In his welcoming remarks, Assoc Prof Dr S Nagarajan, Dean of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, explained that the breaking of coconut signifies the breaking of one’s ego while the Festival of Lights symbolises the triumph of good over evil, light over darkness and knowledge over ignorance.
Vice Chancellor Prof Dato’ Dr Ho Sinn Chye, Chief Operating Officer Mr Yeong Sik Kheong, Registrar Dr Andy Liew, School of Education, Languages & Communications Dean Prof Santhiram Raman, and Educational Technology & Publishing (ETP) Assistant Manager Khoo Chiew Keen then performed the breaking of coconuts outside the Homestead.
This was followed by the lighting of oil lamps by Group Finance Director Chua Saw Nee, ETP Director Grace Lau, and Assoc Prof Dr Intan Osman and Senior Lecturer Lalitha Ramasamy from the School of Business & Administration.
He told staff that in this day and age, people can no longer work in silos but must network and collaborate to accomplish complex tasks. While doing so, they should help each other to master new knowledge and skills to enhance work proficiency, he added, through the process of “co-elevation” (a term coined by Ferrazzi in his latest book).
Prof Ho stated that the first book talks about five mindsets for building relationships. “One, is in order to go far one must work together with others to overcome obstacles and achieve goals. It is all about team-building. Second, you need to plant a seed of relationship and as the seedling matures, the relationship will blossom into love and respect.”