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  • Bharat Scouts & Guides holds Oath Ceremony
  • JK’s youth have enormous potential: Priya Sethi

SRINAGAR: Minister for Education, Mr Naeem Akhtar today called for rejuvenating the scouting movement in Jammu and Kashmir to realize the full potential of the State’s youth in achieving their physical, intellectual, social and spiritual potential.

Addressing the oath ceremony of the honorary office bearers of J&K chapter of Bharat Scouts and Guides at SP Higher Secondary School here today, the Minister that the mission of scouting is to contribute to the education of young people, through a value-based system so that they can play a constructive role in the society.

Akhtar, who is also the president of J&K chapter of Bharat Scouts and Guides, said informal education is as important as formal education in building healthy society by institutionalizing the tremendous capacity of young Scouts and Guides. He said the movement plays commendable role to harness and translate energy of scouts and guides into action for socially accepted objectives.

The Minister impressed upon the volunteers of the organization to put in their best to keep the torch of this movement afloat so that its message reaches every corner of the State.

Referring to the latest initiatives taken for improving education system in the State, the Minister besides introducing the concept of Model Schools, Smart Classes, Evening Colleges, a community mobilization movement has been launched across J&K by reconstituting the Village Education Committees (VEC) to ensure participation of locals in the universalization of elementary education.

Speaking on the occasion, Minister of State for Education and Information, Ms Priya Sethi called for making the movement vibrant in the State to achieve its well envisaged ideals and objectives. She said the youth of J&K have tremendous potential and capabilities which need to be harnessed fully to utilize their energies towards bringing peace and prosperity to the State.

Pertinently, Scouts and Guides is a voluntary, non-political, educational movement for young people, open to all without distinction of origin, race or creed, in accordance with the purpose, principles and method conceived by the Founder Lord Baden Powell in 1907. The purpose of the movement is to contribute to the development of young people in achieving their full physical, intellectual, social and spiritual potentials as individuals, as responsible citizens and as members of the local, national and international communities.

The customary scarves of Bharat Scouts and Guides were presented on this occasion to the President, Naeem Akhtar, Sr Vice President, Roma Wani, Vice President, Priya Sethi, Vice President, Jehangir Mir, Vice President, Yasha Mudgal and Vice President, Showkat Beigh.

State Chief Commissioner, Bharat Scouts & Guides, N A Khan was also present on the occasion.

The oath ceremony was conducted by Mr I D Soni State Commissioner (S) Bharat Scouts and Guides.

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  • JU celebrates Annual day  

JAMMU: The Deputy Chief Minister Nirmal Singh today asked the youth to participate in sports side by side studies for better mental and physical health.  “Sports is the best co-curricular activity to develop physical, mental and social wellbeing”, Dr Nirmal told students at a function organised by Jammu University to celebrate the Annul campus Sports day cum prize distribution function.

The function was organised by Directorate of Sports & Physical Education of the university.   Dr. Nirmal Singh, who was chief guest at the function,   stressed upon the students to come forward to participate in games and sports side by side studies. He also appreciated the University authorities for organizing the programme.

Vice-Chancellor, Prof  R D Sharma, who presided over the function ,  lauded the efforts of the Campus Sports Committee and the Directorate of Sports & Physical Education for providing every type of facility to the students for various sports activities. He also congratulated the prize winners and hoped that the students would bring more  laurels to the institution by winning awards and medals in the forthcoming Inter-University Zonal and National Sports Events event.

The programme started with the releasing of Balloons by the Chief Guest and other invites.  The prizes were awarded to the Winner and Runners-up teams of P.G. Departments in different games which were conducted during the year.

In addition to the above, the Track Suits were awarded to the players of P.G. Departments who represented the University in   various Inter-University Tournaments and Competitions during the session 2013-14 and 2014-15. Athletic events and cultural items were also held  on this occasion which included Tug of war, Dogri, Kashmiri  Folk Dances and Punjabi Bhangra were also presented.

Earlier, Prof. Dhian S. Bhau, Chairman, Campus Sports Committees, Directorate of Sports & Physical Education, University of Jammu delivered the welcome address. In his address, Prof. Bhau specially made a mention about the whole hearted support of the staff of the Directorate of Sports & Physical Education right from a Ground-man to the officer.

Later , Dy. CM  also paid surprise visit to JDA Complex Bahu Plaza  and inspected the daily attendance register.  He instructed the staff  to be punctual and maintain the sanitation of the office. He also paid surprise visit to Gladni Power station Narwal   and inspected the working of the station.

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REASI: 10th Reasi District Open Fencing Championship concluded at Indoor Hall of DIET Reasi here today. DySP(Hqr) Mohan Sharma was the chief guest on the occasion, Jagdish Kuma, Dr Kapoor and Narinder Sharma were the special guests.

Organising Secretary Vikas Barru in his address informed that the two day Championship was organized by Reasi District Fencing Association in all age groups including boys and girls, in which around 135 fencers drawn from different clubs and schools participated.

Winners of the Championship were awarded with certificates and medals on the occasion. Amba Kids Home Panthal emerged overall winners and Panthal Fencing club were declared runner-up in girls section besides Zorawar Fencing Club Reasi won overall Championship and Royal Fencing club were  runner’s up in boys section.

Ajay Kumar, Vaneet Pangotra, Abhinav Pangotra and Rajay Kumar were the Technical officials of the function. In U-12 Foil Individual Boys, Rahul got gold, Bharat silver and Saman and Mukesh got  bronze medals.

In U-14 Epee Individual Boys gold , silver and bronze medals were clinched by  Anurag, Raja, and  Saman and Mukesh respectively..

In U-14 Sabre Individual Boys Akshat and  Parth- got gold and silver medals respectively and Ajay and Tahir bagged bronze medal.

In U-17 Foil Individual Boys Manav Mangotra clinched gold, Prashant Chib got  silver and bronze medal was bagged by Kapish and Shivdeep.

In U-17 Epee Individual Boys Parvinder Sharma got  gold medal, Mayank got silver and bronze medal was bagged by Vikas and Abhishek.

In U-19 Sabre Individual Boys Amit Chib clinched gold, Nikhil Atri got silver and  Umesh Thakur and Anshit got  bronze medal.

In U-19 Epee Individual Girls Sindhiya clinched gold, Anu  got  silver and bronze medal was bagged by Sonia and Rajni.

In U-19 Foil Individual Girls  Deepika got gold, Mumtaz bagged silver and   Pallvi and Anshika got  bronze medal.

In U-19 Sabre Individual Girls Keofeeka clinched gold medal, Neha Sangralgot silver and  Shivani and Shilpa bagged  bronze medal.

In U-17 Foil Individual Girls Riya bagged gold, Anshika got silver and bronze medal was bagged by  Sonali Devi and Anjali Devi.

In U-14 Foil Individual Girls Priyanka Bhagat got gold, Nikita got silver, Anjali and Pragya bagged bronze medal.

In Senior Epee Boys Muzmal got gold medal, Anoop got silver and Dhruv and Kamal bagged bronze medal.