Awareness campaign organised to mark International Youth Day

Youth play a significant role in bringing socio-economic sustainability through education and maintaining good health, district Joint Collector Praveen Kumar has said.

Mr. Praveen Kumar flagged off a youth awareness campaign organised by The Hindu in association with DIET (Dadi Institute of Engineering and Technology), Anakapalle, here on Sunday to mark the International Youth Day on the Beach Road here. A walk was organised as part of the campaign.

Elaborating on the role of youngsters, he said a sense of voluntary service should be inculcated among youngsters for betterment of society. Exhorting youth to be an integral part of the development process, he said they should strive for uplift of various sections of society and provide livelihood support for others by taking an active role in blood donation camps, NSS, NCC, and other organisations.

Speaking on the role of youth in nation-building, the former Mayor, D.V. Subba Rao, said young people should be committed to reinventing India and bringing back its values.

“The younger generation should grasp the essence of belonging and commitment and play a positive role in the betterment of the nation,” he said.

More than 500 students took part in the awareness walk that began at 7 a.m. at Ramakrishna Beach Road (near Kali Matha temple) and ended at Sri Santhi Ashramam near VUDA Park.

Drug abuse

Regretting that youth were falling prey to drug abuse, secretary and correspondent of DIET Dadi Ratnakar said the objective of the campaign was to engage them in a constructive manner and create awareness on social issues. “They have to contribute something to society apart from pursuing their careers,” he said.

The awareness walk concluded with a noble cause at Sri Santhi Ashramam, where the staff of The Hindu and DIET Youth Red Cross (DYRC) division donated a considerable amount to the physically challenged children of the ashramam.

President of the ashramam M.N. Aditya, founder S. Kasim Mehdi, HoD of MBA Department of DIET G.N.R. Bhaskar Rao, and staff of The Hindu participated and made the campaign a success.

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