The students in the traditional attire of their respective States gathered at the venue in the morning and Joint Secretary and Programme Advisor to the Union Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports Sarada Ali Khan formally inaugurated the meet

The 12-day National mega summer camp of the NSS, in which students from 29 States are participating, commenced amidst a festive atmosphere at the Dr. Ambedkar Assembly Hall here on Thursday.

The students in the traditional attire of their respective States gathered at the venue in the morning and Joint Secretary and Programme Advisor to the Union Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports Sarada Ali Khan formally inaugurated the meet.

She said the gathering was a mini-India and advised the students that prosperity of India must be their goal though they were coming from different parts and different cultures. “This is an opportunity to learn from others. Ask more and learn more”, she said. The Central Government had established the National Council for Skill Development to impart skills to the youths, she added.

Rector of Andhra University P.V.G.D. Prasada Reddy wanted the students to remember three important points: caring for others, sharing with others and dare for others. Youth could play a major role in removing poverty and unemployment in the country and they should work towards development of community and villages. Self confidence and self reliance were important, Prof. Prasada Reddy said.

Registrar in-charge K. Samrajyalakshmi, NSS State Liaison Officer G. Bhaskara Rao, Assistant Programme Advisor (New Delhi) G.K. Tuteja, Head of NSS Regional Centre (Hyderabad) R. Gokulakrishnan, NSS Programme Coordinator of AU P. Ramachandra Rao, TOC Coordinator N.A.D. Pal, Principal of AU College of Engineering for Women D. Radhakrishna and Vice-Principal of AUCE Ch.V.R. Murthy spoke.In the morning the participants were explained about Yoga and its advantages by Dr. P. Ravindra and Yoga instructor Md. Ali Khan. After the inaugural function, Dr. P. Rama Rao explained about first aid and civil defence skills. Red Cross Society representative Rehamatullah spoke on blood donation and its necessity. Later participants from Assam, Bihar, West Bengal and Chandigarh presented traditional dances. On the first day of the camp, Prof. P. Viswanath spoke on the communication skills and delegates from Andhra Pradesh presented folk and traditional dances.

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