Volunteers, officers and units of the National Service Scheme awarded at ceremony
SHIMOGA: The president of the Alwa's Educational Foundation at Moodbidri M. Mohan Alwa said here on Wednesday that the youths, who are confronting bigger challenges at the global level, should not turn a blind eye to the rich cultural heritage of the country.
He was delivering the keynote address at the award presentation function organised by the National Service Scheme (NSS) unit of the Kuvempu University.
He said the youth should develop skills to face the challenges arising out of globalisation.
He appreciated the achievement of Kuvempu University both in curricular and extra-curricular fields since its inception 20 years back.
Assistant NSS Programme Advisor for Karnataka, Kerala and Lakshadweep H.S. Suresh, who was the chief guest, said that India was expected to emerge a major global power by 2025 as was envisioned by President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam as 60 per cent of its workforce would be represented by those in the age group of 25-35.
"But what is necessary now is to make the youth appreciate the glorious Indian cultural heritage so that they can represent it in the international arena in the proper perspective," he added.
He lauded the performance of the NSS unit at the University, which had enrolled 14,000 students from 130 units as its volunteers.
Registrar of the Kuvempu University, Shivanna; NSS Programme Coordinator at the Mangalore University, Gopal; and NSS Programme Coordinator of the Calicut University, Umar Farooq, were present.
Vice-Chancellor of the Kuvempu University B.S. Sherigara presided over the function.
Earlier, NSS coordinator officer of the Kuvempu University, K.B. Dhananjay, who welcomed the gathering, said many programmes were conducted by the NSS units in the university on the occasion of the Suvarna Karnataka celebration.
The HPCC Government First Grade College of Challakere in Chitradurga was adjudged the best NSS (National Service Scheme) unit of the Kuvempu University for 2005-2006 academic year, while M. Shivalingappa of the same college bagged the award as the best NSS officer at the university level.
The selections for awards and prizes for the colleges, NSS officers and volunteers, were made by a committee headed by Mr. Sherigara .
D.H. Suresh of the Government First Grade College of Koppa in Chikmagalur district and N.V. Nagalakshmi of the Kamala Nehru Women's College of Shimoga were selected the best NSS volunteers in the boys' and the girls' sections respectively.
The following colleges and officers were selected for the district-level prizes:
Maharaja Madakari Naik First Grade College of Chitradurga (best Chitradurga district level NSS unit) D. Jayanna of the Maharaja Madakari Naik First grade College of Chitradurga (best Chitradurga district level NSS officer) SJVP First Grade College of Harihar in Davanagere district (best Davanagere district level unit) B.H. Vishwanath of the SJVP First Grade College Harihar (best Davanagere district level NSS officer) Indira Gandhi Women's College of Sagar in Shimoga district (best Shimoga district level NSS unit) and H.K. Kulkarni of the Indira Gandhi Women's College of Sagar in Shimoga district (best Shimoga district level NSS officer). The prizes were given at the function held at the Kuvempu Rang Mandir.