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Curtains drawn on NSS Youth Festival

By Our Staff Correspondent

HAMPI, NOV. 26. The World Heritage Week and the National Service Scheme (NSS) Youth Festival concluded at Hampi on Thursday. Around 350 NSS volunteers participated in the weeklong camp here.

Students from various colleges affiliated to eight universities in the State camped at Hampi. They were involved in the preservation, conservation, and excavation of monuments.

This was the first time that the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) had involved the youth in preservation and conservation programmes.

The camp was conducted with an aim to create awareness among the youth about the importance of protecting the rich traditions and culture of the country.

While one group of volunteers cleaned a "pushkarni" in front of the Krishna temple, another group removed garbage from Hemakoota hill and Virupaksha temple. A third group was involved in excavating a site near the Krishna temple.

Addressing the youth at the valedictory function, C.B. Patil, assistant superintendent of the ASI, commended the volunteers for their participation and help.

Sri Dayananda Puri Swamiji of Gayatripeetha, Hampi, who presided over the function, said: "The selfless service of the youth attending the camps will be a leading light for preserving culture and tradition."

Rekha of Mangalore University, and Guruprasad of Gulbarga University were adjudged the best workers. The University of Mysore and Mangalore University shared the award for the best team. Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences bagged the prize for cleanliness.

Khazi, NSS coordinator, spoke. J. Ranganath, senior conservationist of ASI, welcomed the gathering. Vijayakumar, principal of the Theosophical College, Hospet, proposed a vote of thanks.

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