Chandigarh

Chandigarh Administration to revive Bharat Scouts

Y.S.Rana | April 23, 2019 05:04 PM

CHANDIGARH: The body Bharat Scouts and Guides) was borne since long but it remains underweight in Chandigarh because it has bickering parents (Administration) did not see eye to eye. The Education Department of Chandigarh Administration is all set to revive the body. If all goes well Chandigarh will see the scheme in a new face.  .

The Department has devised a plan to introduce this scheme in all government, private and public schools. At present, approximately 50 per cent schools have the units of Bharat Scouts and Guides in Chandigarh.  Besides, training schedule has been prepared for the teachers. Mr Bikram Rana, state commissioner (Scouts), Chandigarh told the Daily Post that recently 50 teachers have been given three-day training at Tara Devi in district Shimla of Himachal Pradesh.  Another training camp would be held for principals of the schools at Theog in Himachal Pradesh soon, he added.

The organization so far is running without any full time office. Under its revival plan space has been provided on the premises of government model nursery school, Sector 19-C, Chandigarh to run its office from there. Mr Rana also told that a letter was being sent to the Chief Engineer, Chandigarh for repair and renovation of the building.

It is also proposed that last two periods on every Saturday may be utilized for unit activities so that scouts and guides can take part in activities actively. A letter to this effect along with activities schedule for academic session 2019-20 has been sent to the Deputy Director, Education, Director, School Education and DEO Chandigarh by the State Secretary, Bharat Scouts and Guides, Chandigarh.  

Rana also stated that under the schemefinancial assistance was provided for various activities such as organizing scouts and guides camps, training programme, national integration of culture heritage, monitoring and evaluation of scouting and guiding activities.

The scheme is run through the educational institution which provides the student volunteers. It is aimed at developing the character and inculcate in them a spirit of patriotism, social service and communal harmony.  Mr Rana also admitted that there existed a vast student community away from this scheme in schools who could not pay. Our main focus will be to bring this left out vast community under the scheme, he says.

At present, there are 8100 boys and 6820 girls of Class I to XII under this scheme in Chandiarh,  reveals Dr Raman Kumar, state organizing commissioner.  

The Bharat Scouts and Guides, which was started by Baden Powell, in 1909 has emerged as a voluntary, non-political and secular organization contribution to the development of children in achieving their intellectual, social and spiritual potential. 

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