Background

The Hindu Endowments Board (HEB) is a statutory body set up under the Hindu Endowments Act in 1968. Its role, as set out in the Act, is to administer those endowments placed under its administration.

The word “endowment” is defined in the Act to mean any endowment in land, building or money given for the support of any Hindu temple or other Hindu purpose. The endowments administered by the Board are:

Sri Mariamman Temple

Sri Srinivasa Perumal Temple

Sri Sivan Temple

Sri Vairavimada Kaliamman Temple

Under the Act, the Hindu Endowments Board also has supervisory powers over the accounts of all Hindu endowments in Singapore- even those not administered by the Board. Any person managing an endowment is obliged, at the request of the Hindu Endowments Board, to attend before the Board and answer questions in relation to the endowment.

The Hindu Endowments Board comprises a Chairman, a Vice-Chairman, a Finance Member and 12 members who are appointed by the Minister for Culture, Community and Youth. To be appointed, a member must be both a Singapore citizen and a Hindu. Appointments are for a period of three years each. The Secretary of the Board is a public officer appointed by the Minister.

In addition to managing 4 temples, the Board administers a half way house (HEB-Ashram). Major Hindu festivals like Thaipusam and Firewalking are organised by the Board.

Community Outreach

Overview


The Board’s involvement in community service is broad based. A health fair providing free medical counseling and health screening services is held annually. Educational bursaries are available to under privileged Hindu children through the Sivadas-HEB Education Fund. Disadvantaged Hindu families receive aid in the form of monthly provisions through the Board’s Gift from the Heart programme.

The Board actively supports inter faith activities and is a member of the Inter-Religious Organization, Singapore.

Volunteer Activities


The Hindu Endowments Board welcomes anyone who is interested in volunteering their services for the various events and festivals it conducts annually.

If you are interested in volunteering for any of the Board activities listed below kindly contact the Administrative Manager at telephone: 6296 3469.

Alternatively, if you wish to offer your services for any of the religious events or festivals conducted at any one of the Board administered temples, please contact the temples directly.

We are also on the lookout for persons who may be able to assist us in the following areas. When you contact us, please indicate the area of participation you are interested in:

For National Events and Festivals:

  • Reception/ Ushering
  • Logistics
  • Traffic/ Security/ Marshalling
  • Food Distribution

 

Hindu Endowments Board Members

Board members are drawn from a cross-section of leading and prominent figures from the public and private sectors of the Indian community. Besides overseeing policies and strategies for the development and promotion of the religious events in Singapore, members advise on the planning and operation of Hindu temples, major projects and schemes. The Minister for Culture, Community and Youth has appointed the following persons to be members of the Hindu Endowments Board for a period of 3 years with effect from 1 June 2017.

Chairman: Mr R Jayachandran
Vice Chairman: Mr R Dhinakaran
Finance Member: Mr Selvam s/o Varathappan
Secretary Mr Yoganathan Ammayappan
Member: Ms Balakrishna Madhubala
Mr Chinniah Kunnasagaran
Mr K Kesavapany
Mr Krishnan Muthappan
Mr Lakshmanan s/o Seenivasakan
Prof N Ganapathy
Mr S Nallathamby
Mr Satish s/o Appoo
Mr Sumit Aggarwal
Ms Susila Ganesan
Mr Venkatesh Narayanaswamy
Dr Vellayappan s/o Karuppiah

Hindu Advisory Board Members

In 1985, the Hindu Advisory Board (HAB) was established to advise the Government and the Hindu Endowments Board on matters of Hindu religion and customs. The Hindu Advisory Board functions under a constitution. The Hindu Advisory Board is made up of a Chairman, a Vice-Chairman, an Honorary Secretary and 9 members. All members of the Board are appointed by the Minister for Culture, Community and Youth. Members serve for a period of three years when appointed.

The following persons were appointed to serve on the Hindu Advisory Board for a period of  3 years with effect from 1 June 2017.

Chairman: Mr Rajan Krishnan
Vice Chairman: Mr N Prushuathamun
Secretary: Mr S Ramesh
Member: Mr MM Paramantham
Mr Moti H Bhojwani
Mr P Rajaperian
Mr Shankar s/o Naganambalagaran Ramasamy
Mr R Selvarajoo s/o Ratinam
Dr T Chandroo

Data Protection Policy

Hindu Endowments Board Personal Data Protection Policy

As of 2 July 2014, the Personal Data Protection Act (PDPA) introduced certain changes to the way in which organizations may contact individuals for promotional and marketing messages.

As a statutory body the Hindu Endowments Board (HEB) and its operating units are exempted from any restrictions on the collection, use or disclosure of the personal data. HEB will still aim to conduct business in compliance with the requirements of the PDPA and respect individual’s choices.

HEB will use personal data collected for the purposes for which the personal data was collected, unless consent for such use is withdrawn or the individual has indicated to the Board that he/ she does not consent to the use of the personal data.

How is personal data collected

HEB may collect personal information when an individual:

• Purchases or engages in services available at our temples, wedding halls, kindergartens and halfway house
• Signs up for our programmes/ festivals/ activities
• Subscribes to our newsletters
• Contacts us with an enquiry or submits resumes
• Visits our website

Types of personal data collected

• Personal Particulars – This may include NRIC, FIN or passport number, address, telephone number, e-mail address and date of birth.
• Your account information – For example, for GIRO deductions with us or other details related to your account.
• Information on your use of our services – For example, your participation history

Use of personal data

HEB may use your information for the following:
• Process your online requests
• Respond to enquiries and requests from you or people you have authorised
• Inform you about our programmes/ activities/ festivals and services updates
• Membership and registration matters where applicable, such as change in policies
• Provide updates, invitations to events and deliver messages via SMS / MMS, voice, Email or your mailing address with your prior consent or if otherwise permitted under local laws and regulations

Transfer of personal data

HEB does not share individuals information with:
•Business partners and vendors
• Financial institutions for purposes such as facilitating credit card payments
• Research institutions for market analysis purposes

Protection of personal data

HEB has stringent measures to secure and protect information. These include:

• Safeguards to prevent security breaches in our network and database systems
• Strict verification processes to prevent unauthorised access to information
• Proper disposal of confidential documents