Mangaluru, Jan 12, 2018: Coast Guard Karnataka had an interaction with students of BGS Composite PU College, Mangalore on 12 January 2018. The students visited Indian Coast Guard Ship Shoor and Coast Guard Karnataka Headquarters at Panambur, Mangalore.
Indian Coast Guard is celebrating its 41st Raising Day on 01 February 2018. Various activities like Blood Donation Camp, Coastal Security Week, Drawing and Painting competition for school children, presentations on Coast Guard role to College students and Cycle Rally for the awareness on coastal security apparatus and safety thereon, are being conducted for the social cause and motivation of the public.
Blood Donation camp was conducted on 05 January 2018. The camp received overwhelming response from the local populace, Coast Guard Officers, men, members of Coast Guard Wives Welfare Association (CGWWA - a self-help group managed by wives of Coast Guard personnel), Army, State Bank of India, NCC cadets and college students.
Interaction with Next-Gen, i.e, students from BGS Composite PU College, was aimed at motivating them by giving exposure to the Indian Coast Guard life by visiting state of art ICG Ship Shoor, Coast Guard Karnataka Headquarters and interaction with Deputy Inspector General SS Dasila, TM, the Commander, Coast Guard Karnataka.
Indian Coast Guard is doing yeoman’s service in rescuing precious lives at sea both during natural calamities like ‘Cyclone Ockhi’ or man-made disasters like oil spills, fire incidents onboard merchant ships, besides undertaking anti-piracy and anti-smuggling operations. Indian Coast Guard ships based at Mangalore saved 81 lives during recent cyclone Ockhi, which hit the West coast of India. This year, so far, ships of Coast Guard at Mangalore have saved 192 lives in distress at sea.
While interacting with students, the Commander, Coast Guard Karnataka heightened the Coast Guard’s role in maritime safety and security of the Nation and emphasized the importance of enhancing academic skills, exercising personal initiatives & responsibility and recognizing individual self-worth keeping Nation’s Interest paramount always and every time.
The Commander also reiterated more such interaction in times to come so as to have more cohesiveness that in turn will make Next-Gen more determined and also to know that they are truly worthy of making a difference and can be part of change.
"If you want to follow your dreams, you have to sail through tough times with nerves of steel, verve of confidence and journey of life with CAN DO attitude. Be the driver of one’s attitude in growth path of Nation,” stated Deputy Inspector General SS Dasila, TM during the interaction.