NAGPUR: Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh’s annual camp for the third-year, SANGH SHIKSHA VARG (SSV) training course currently underway at Reshimbagh grounds are doctors, engineers, lawyers, teachers and students from every nook and corner of the country.

The camp inaugurated on May 14 will conclude on June 11. For the first time, after an age bar of 40 was fixed for participants, the number of trainees has crossed 1,000 mark, according to Jayantibhai Bhedasia and Jaswant Khatri who are conducting the camp this year. The total number of participants this time is 1013. They include 5 qualified doctors, 12 engineers, 10 lawyers, 192 teachers, 224 employees, 119 self-employed, 90 farmers, 7 journalists, one chartered accountant and 213 students. From Jammu and Kashmir, north-eastern states, south India virtually every part of India is represented at the camp.

Khatri told reporters that the camp activities start at 4am and end at 10pm when the trainees retire for the day. The trainees and committed Sangh activists have paid a fixed camp fee and bear their own expenses to attend it. Besides physical fitness exercises, they are imparted ideological and social work training. Former RSS chief Sudarshan and general secretaryBhaiyyaji Joshi have already addressed the trainees. A visit to the house where Sangh founder Dr Keshav Hedgewar lived and the Mohitewada shakha at Mahal, the first unit of the RSS, are part of the camp activity.

The valedictory function on June 11 evening will be marked by special address by RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat . Director of ‘Punjab Kesri’ Ashwin Kumar will be the chief guest.