BANGALORE: The Governor of Karnataka, Hansraj Bhardwaj who is the patron for the Bharat Scouts and Guides, Karnataka presented the Chathurtha Charan Awards to Cubs and Bulbuls, the Rajyapuraskar Awards to Scouts and Guides and felicitated the Asia Pacific Adult Leader’s Achievement Awardees at Raj Bhavan on April 3.
Principal Secretary to Government, Department of Youth Services, Government of Karnataka, IR Perumal and Secretary to Government, Department of Primary and Secondary Education, Karnataka, G Kumar Naik were the chief guests on the same occasion.
Hansraj Bhardwaj said, “It is a noble task being a Scout or a Guide. Being a scout in my younger days helps me even today and that has made me really tough. I still like to go and visit the roads we had helped construct in Punjab and Himachal Pradesh when we were scouts. Thanks to all the training I received, I can fire any kind of weapon today. I don’t think we are making the youth today aware of the problems and hence I feel that the Scouts and Guides movement should be made part of the education system.” He quoted Jawaharlal Nehru’s example by stating that, “Nehru personally looked into the needs of children and the youth because they are the foundation of our nation.”
Kumar Naik said, “What we do in the classroom is not enough. It is very basic. A lot more learning happens outside the class. NCC (National Cadet Corps), Scouts and Guides play a crucial role in helping one to become a good citizen, learn leadership qualities, being organised and handling crisis situations.”