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Hindu Priest Training Academy in Malaysia

Majority of the priests in Hindu Temples in Malaysia are recruited from India. Now Malaysia has started its first academy to train Hindu priests. The academy will conduct a five-year course developed in consultation with similar institutions in India. There are more than 3,000 Hindu Temples in Malaysia mostly dedicated to the Tamil Hindu Community in the country. The Hindu Priest Training Academy is located at Jelapang Tambaha in Ipoh.

Economic Times writes

Human Resource Minister S. Subramaniam, who opened the academy Sunday, said the country's Tamil Hindu community will continue to get priests from India since the training, grading and certifying of priests will take time.

Subramaniam, who is also Malaysian Indian Congress (MIC) secretary general, said the training centre would reduce the community's reliance on priests from India.

"With the academy, the community is also assured of qualified and accredited priests to perform various Hindu ceremonies.

"This is a new beginning that will be filled with many challenges. But I am sure the association, with the support of the government, will overcome the problems and ensure that this role can be played effectively in Malaysia itself."