President Ram Nath Kovind virtually addresses the presentation of the NSS Awards (2019-20) in New Delhi on September 24, 2021. Union Youth Affairs and Sports Minister Anurag Singh Thakur, MoS Youth Affairs and Sports Nisith Pramanik are also seen in the photo. (PIB)
New Delhi: President Ram Nath Kovind presented the National Service Scheme Awards for the year 2019-20 in a virtual ceremony on September 24, 2021.
Speaking on the occasion, the President said that the edifice of human life is often built on the foundation of student life.
“Although learning is a life-long process, but basic personality development starts during the student life. That is why I consider NSS a visionary scheme through which students get an opportunity to serve the society and country during their school and college days itself.”
Pointing to the fact that the National Service Scheme was established in 1969, on the occasion of the birth centenary of Mahatma Gandhi, the President said that Mahatma Gandhi devoted his entire life to the service of humanity.
He wished that our youth should be responsible citizens and recognize themselves.
The President noted that during the initial outbreak of Covid-19, till the mass production of masks started, more than 2 crore 30 lakh masks were made by NSS and distributed in various parts of the country.
He also noted that NSS volunteers provided Covid related information to people through helpline as well as helped district administrations in the awareness and relief activities.
The President stated that the 75th year of independence is being celebrated as ‘Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav’ across the country.
He was happy to note that NSS volunteers are contributing to this Mahotsav by organising webinars/seminars on the Indian independence movement and on the contribution of freedom fighters.
He said that spreading awareness about our freedom struggle and the ideals of the freedom fighters is also a service to the nation.
The NSS Awards were instituted by the Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports in 1993-94 on the occasion of the Silver Jubilee Year of National Service Scheme. The aim of these awards is to recognise and reward outstanding contributions towards voluntary community service made by the Universities/ Colleges, (+2) Councils and Senior Secondary, NSS Units/ Programme Officers, and NSS Volunteers.
Union Youth Affairs and Sports Minister Anurag Singh Thakur, MoS Youth Affairs and Sports Nisith Pramanik, Department of Youth Affairs Secretary Usha Sharma, and Sports Secretary Ravi Mittal also attended the Award Ceremony. (Press Release)