Parents told to inculcate spiritualism among children

Staff Reporter

TIRUPATI: Speakers at the function organised here on Thursday to distribute prizes to the winners of the 27th Epic Study Examination (Sanatana Dharmika Vignana Pariksha) urged the parents to let their children tread the spiritual path at an early stage for their evolution as morally superior citizens.

The state-level examination is conducted every year by the Dharma Prachara Parishat, a propagation arm of the TTD to kindle spiritual awakening among children. As many as 51,000 students from 1,244 schools took the test, while 42,000 qualified. Giving away the prizes, the Executive Officer K.V. Ramanachary spoke on the need to wean away children from vices by introducing them to knowledge of a higher order.

He pointed out that ‘Dharma’ (religion) was not only about worship and enlightenment, but also about moral values, culture and patriotism. SV Vedic University Vice-Chancellor S. Sudarsana Sharma, TTD trust board member Ch. Bhaskar Reddy, Joint Executive Officer V. Seshadri and DPP secretary Ch. Vijaya Raghavacharyulu spoke on the role of teachers in moulding students as better citizens.

K. Madhavi of Rayachoti (Kadapa) won the state-level first prize in the ‘Dharma Parichaya’ exam conducted for VI and VII classes by scoring 94 p.c. Similarly, M. Sreshta of Dharmaram (Nizamabad) came second with 93 p.c. and A. Rajyalakshmi of Vomarapalli (Srikakulam) won the third prize with 92 p.c.

The winners were given Rs. 4,000, Rs. 3,000 and Rs. 2,000 as cash prize, besides a 5 gm gold dollar bearing the image of Lord Venkateswara. S.D. Razia Begum, a Muslim girl from Samisragudem (West Godavari) surprised all by bagging the district-level third prize with a score of 77 p.c. P.Hemalatha of Tirupati came first with 93 p.c., G.Rajitha of Kadhalapur (Karimnagar) came second with 92 p.c. and G.Anusha of Santhamangunuru (Prakasam) came third with 91 p.c. in the ‘Dharma Praveshika’ exam (VIII to X class), who were given Rs.800, Rs.600 and Rs.400 as cash prize and a 10 gm silver dollar. Besides, Rolling shields were given to the schools of the district-level first prize winners and a silver dollar to the respective headmasters as a token of encouragement.

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