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Indira Gandhi National Service Scheme Awards Announced.

New Delhi: November 14,2012

National Service Scheme (NSS) is one of the flagship programmes of the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports aimed at developing qualities of good citizenship and spirit of Volunteerism among youth and to provide them an opportunity to work with the people in the villages and slum dwellers. The scheme seeks to achieve its objectives through twin approach i.e. “Campus to Community” and “College to Village”. National Service Scheme was launched during the birth centenary celebration of Mahatma Gandhi on 24th September 1969 in 37 Universities involving 40,000 students. Today, NSS has more than 3.2. million student volunteers on its roll spread over 299 Universities. The scheme is implemented through the State Governments and the operations of NSS are at the University/ College and Higher Secondary School level.

 

         In 1993-94, during the Silver Jubilee year of NSS, the Indira Gandhi National Service Scheme (IGNSS) Awards were instituted to give recognition to selfless service rendered by the NSS volunteers, Programme Officers and the Programme Coordinators. These awards were earlier conferred to – (i) Best University (Programme Coordinator), (ii) 6 best Programme Officers and 6 units and (iii) 16 Best NSS volunteers. From 2010 onwards, the number of awards and the prize money has been enhanced as under:

 

Category

No. of Awards

Value of each Award

 

University/+2 Council (State Level)

1

Rs. 2,00,000/-

 

Upcoming University

1

Rs. 1,00,000/-

 

Programme Officer

10

Rs. 20,000/-

 

NSS Unit

10

Rs. 70,000/- (For NSS Programme Development)

NSS Volunteers

30

Rs. 15,000/-

 

 

         This year, the IGNSS Awards will be given away by the President of India Shri Pranab Mukherjee and the Ceremony is scheduled to be held on 19th November, 2012 at Rashtrapati Bhavan.  

 

         Rajiv Gandhi university of Health Sciences, Karnataka has been selected for the award for the best  University/+2 council (State level).   The University has made exemplary contribution in the field of Community Health through NSS. Dr. B. Vasantha Shetty, the Programme Coordinator has inter-alia organised, under the ‘School Health’ Programme, 550 camps, which benefitted 1,36,379 students .  Under 73 ‘Health   Education’ Camps, 33,385 people were   benefitted. 849 Health check- up’ camps were orgnised to benefit 54,930 people.  146 blood donation camps were organized, through which 14,303 Units of blood was collected. ough various programmes/camps, 51,218 children were immunized.

 

In the category of Upcoming University, there is a tie and the award will be shared  between Directorate of Higher Education, Himachal Pradesh and University of Kashmir,  Srinagar, Jammu & Kashmir.  Both these Institutions have made valuable contribution to NSS, despite facing tremendous adversities.  Their role is not only restricted to planting of saplings, collection/donation of blood, community service but also spreads to creation of durable assets in the community, spreading awareness on social and current issues, setting up of Social Harmony and  Disaster Mitigation camps, improve literacy levels etc.

 

Five Universities have been selected for “Certificate of Appreciation” awards for their valuable contributions, viz. Andhra University, Directorate of Technical Education-Kerala, University of Mumbai, Annamalai University (Tamil Nadu) and University of Calcutta.

 

       30 volunteers have also been selected for their dedicated and selfless services in NSS.  

 

Click here to see the full list of awardees

 

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