Barkur Rotary and Smt. Rukmini Shedthi College Organize Awareness Program on Drug Abuse and Cybercrime

-Anand Kumar Barkur 

Barkur, June 10, 2024: In a joint initiative to raise awareness among the youth, the Rotary Club of Barkur and the National Service Scheme (NSS) unit of Smt. Rukmini Shedthi Memorial National First Grade College organized a thought-provoking workshop on "The Ill-Effects of Drug Abuse and Cybercrime" on Monday morning.

The event, held at the college premises, commenced at 10:30 am with the ceremonial lamp lighting by the chief guest, Rtn. K. Padmanabha Kanchan, a former Assistant Governor of Zone 3 and a renowned auditor from Brahmavara. His presence added significance to the occasion.

Serving as the resource person, Sri Ramachandra Nayak, Police Inspector from the Crime Branch in Udupi, graced the event and shared his invaluable insights on the pertinent topics. With his extensive expertise, he enlightened the participants about the grave consequences of drug abuse and the perils of cybercrime, emphasizing the need for vigilance and responsible digital citizenship.

In recognition of his commendable service, the Rotary Club of Barkur honored Sri Ramachandra Nayak with a traditional shawl, garland, and a bouquet of flowers and fruits, expressing their heartfelt gratitude for his invaluable contribution.

The program was presided over by Dr. Ramesh Acharya, the Principal of Smt. Rukmini Shedthi Memorial National First Grade College. Rtn. Sitaram S., the President of the Rotary Club of Barkur, graced the occasion as the chief guest, accompanied by NSS Officer Shruti Acharya, Rotary Secretary K. Babu Naik, and former Rotary President Rtn. B. Sudhakar Rao.

The college students played a pivotal role in the program, extending a warm welcome, delivering votes of thanks, and facilitating the proceedings. The workshop witnessed an overwhelming participation of over 100 students, reflecting their keen interest in understanding and addressing the pressing issues of drug abuse and cybercrime.

The collaborative effort between the Rotary Club and the NSS unit aimed to empower the youth with knowledge and awareness, enabling them to make informed choices and navigate the digital landscape responsibly. By addressing these critical social concerns, the organizers hoped to cultivate a safer and more conscious community.

As the event drew to a close, participants expressed their gratitude for the invaluable insights shared, vowing to be ambassadors of change and champions of a drug-free and cyber-safe society.

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