Jalandhar, Punjab, November 2, 2011 / -- To meet the felt needs of the community and supplement the education of the university students by bringing them face to face with the real social situations; the Department of Community Services Cell of LPU inaugurated ten NSS Units at the Campus. About 2000 students have already registered themselves voluntarily for NSS Activities under these units. Ten Programme Officers have been specially chosen from the faculty to co-ordinate well with the students. Under the scheme, each volunteer contributes 240 hours of community work during a period of two years. While undertaking these activities, each NSS unit is also expected to envisage its programmes/activities aimed at instilling discipline, building character, promotion of physical fitness and development of culture.
To commemorate such a huge initiation, an inaugural cultural celebration was held at SBRM Auditorium of the University. The Director General of the University, Er HR Singla was the Chief Guest of the day. On this occasion, volunteers were well informed about NSS, its origin, Motto, various activities and projects to be undertaken during the current academic session. The participating students presented applauding performances in the form of mesmerizing one act play on poverty, patriotic group Song, Skit, beautiful 'Bhangra' by Girls to show equality among the genders towards all doings, and Classical Dance.
Encouraging the young NSS volunteers, Er Singla said: "Human beings are referred as "social animals" as they have the senses to work positively towards the society. We are lucky that we have got ample opportunities for the same in the form of ten NSS units to work devotedly towards the rectifications of the general problems being faced by the society." Informing he said: "We have already taken many projects, and recently we have been encouraged and honoured through State Government for organization of Volunteer Blood Donation camps also." He added: "Youth has a fiery and revolutionary spirit to rise to the occasion for well being of the society. That is why each and every nation wants to see its youth develop in accordance to the aims and objectives of the organizations like NSS. And, volunteers develop their personality through community service and acquire positive social attitudes and values."
It is illustrative that the National Service Scheme (NSS) was launched during the Mahatma Gandhi's Centenary Year (1969) involving 40,000 student volunteers in 37 universities. Today, it has many million student volunteers spread over almost all universities and academic institutions. The aim of National Service Scheme is Development of the Personality of Students through Community Service. In order to fulfill the objective, student volunteers and programme functionaries are engaged in constructive and productive programmes involving students in various awareness drives, "shramdaan", social reforms, communal harmony, creation of community assets, relief work, blood donation, environmental protection, literacy programme, health education campaign. Some of the participating students in the colourful celebration, Madhu Oberoi, Santosh, Gurjeet Rana, Samuel, Abid, Rukhsana, Jatinder and others said in a voice: "We have well understood the operational aim of NSS. It is sure to provide us a variety of learning experiences which will definitely develop a sense of participation, service and achievement among us making education more relevant to the present situation."