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If Elanggovan Thanggavilo had his own way, he would revert the school education system to an ancient practice that promotes usage of both the left and right parts of the brain.
The human resource trainer and motivator says the current examination-oriented education system requires students to use only the left brain which induces them into studying and behaving “like a robot”.
“On the other hand, right brain activation produces students who think intelligently and creatively, and who may even go on to become great inventors,” he says.
Having been fascinated with the workings of the human brain since he was young, Klang-born Elanggovan has been researching the subject for some 27 years before developing a brain training programme called The Seven Secrets Rhythm (T7SR) for corporate and public sector employees.
The programme is based on the teachings of ancient Indian wise men called Siddhars who were said to have professed and practised an unorthodox type of science.
In fact, Elanggovan’s sky-high confidence in the effectiveness of his programme had led him to approach MIMOS Berhad, which serves as the national research and development centre for information and communications technology innovations, with a proposal to train its engineers to become more creative and productive.
SHORT COURSES FOR MIMOS ENGINEERS
“When I approached MIMOS in February this year, some of the officials themselves told me that over the past three years, the agency had not come up with any unique inventions,” he says, adding that he had proposed to train the engineers under a training module he had devised, called The 7 Secrets Rhythm MINDPRENEURSHIP for Scientists.
Of course, the programme would come at a cost and MIMOS would be required to cough up more than RM5 million for it, but Elanggovan gave his assurance that he would only need to be paid if his training achieved the desired key performance indicators (KPIs) or targets for new inventions within 18 months.
Although MIMOS did not take up his offer, it has engaged Elanggovan to conduct short courses for its engineers, beginning January next year.
“I will be teaching them special techniques to trigger their brain and mind. Within 12 days of attending the course, there will be an impact in terms of their emotions and relationships. Then, they will start coming up with new ideas and within 50 days, they will see major results in terms of their KPIs,” he promises.
Elanggovan has also developed a module called VGENIUST to train students to excel in the academic and sports fields.
Both the T7SR and VGENIUST progammes are conducted through his institute, also called The Seven Secrets Rhythm, which was set up in 2007. CSR INITIATIVE
“So far we have trained more than 16,000 students nationwide who eventually scored good results,” claims Elanggovan, who is trained in software engineering.
Having acknowledged that not all could afford to pay the fees he charges for the privilege of attending his courses, last year Elanggovan decided to set up the Intelligent Society of Malaysia (ISOM), which was much like a corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiative on his part.
Through ISOM, Elanggovan aims to offer his courses to students at no charge or, perhaps, at a minimal fee.
“The idea to set up ISOM came about when some schools asked me to offer my course but the commercial rates I charged didn’t match their budget. So, I called up my entrepreneur friends to find sponsors for these schools and this was when we realised that we should set up an entity through which we could conduct courses for schools and non-governmental organisations.”
Recalling his childhood, Elanggovan says he used to be quite mischievous and disliked revising.
“I used to entertain the idea of inventing techniques which will help students to do minimum revision and yet score high marks! Fortunately, I used to score good marks with some practical techniques I learnt from my grandparents, parents, and certain teachers and friends.”
He says parents around the world usually try their level best to get their children to study hard and memorise facts and figures, but then not all end up doing well in their examinations.
“Even additional tuition and revision classes don’t guarantee good results,” he says, stressing that the only way out for such students is by, literally speaking, rebuilding or re-wiring the neurons in their brains, which incidentally is the core focus of his brain training programmes.