VIJAYAPURA: Yet again, students of different schools in Krishna district are eager to join the unique summer camp ‘Subhapradam’ of the Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams (TTD), being held every summer for the last three years.
Subhapradam is very different from an average summer camp, as it is not aimed at a certain sports activity or an extracurricular activity for which one has to pay a lot from their pockets. For one, it is completely free and residential in nature. Next, it is aimed at an overall personality development of the student, be it a boy or girl, so they could become good citizens and emerge as vital cogs in the development machine of the country.
The objective of the 9-day programme, which will commence on May 11 and continue till May 20, is to inculcate moral and ethical values through various examples from mythology, history and life and deeds of eminent personalities from different spheres of life. “We aim to have the students moored to Indian culture and traditions and the programme is designed accordingly,” says Nagalingam Sivaji, TTD Hindu Dharma Prachara Parishad zonal coordinator.
According to him, the programme is not a religious one but aims at personality development to help the students do well in studies and also improve their confidence levels and most importantly to motivate them to lead a meaningful life.
“It had helped me a lot and I feel myself a changed person after attending the programme last year. I decided to attend the programme again this year,” B Naveen Kumar, a class 9 student of Vani School.
Year after year the number of students attending the programme is increasing. Last year the number was 1,000 and this year applications received till date had reached 2,000 and the number is expected to go up by April 10, the last day for submission of applications. Awareness programmes about the camp was conducted in 200 schools.