President to confer NSS Awards 2019-20 today

President Ram Nath Kovind (File Photo)

New Delhi: President Ram Nath Kovind will confer the National Service Scheme (NSS) Awards for the year 2019-20 on September 24, 2021, from Rashtrapati Bhawan, New Delhi through virtual mode.

Union Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports Anurag Thakur and Minister of State for Youth Affairs & Sports Nisith Pramanik will attend the ceremony from Sushma Swaraj Bhawan, New Delhi.

The National Service Scheme (NSS) Award for the year 2019-20 will be given to 42 awardees in 3 different categories like University/ +2 Councils, NSS Units and their Programme Officers and NSS Volunteers.

Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports, Department of Youth Affairs confers every year the National Service Scheme Award to recognize and reward outstanding contributions towards voluntary community service made by the Universities/Colleges, (+2) Councils, Senior Secondary, NSS Units/ Programme Officers and NSS Volunteers, with a view to further promote NSS in the country.

NSS is a Centrally Sector Scheme that was launched in the year 1969 with the primary objective of developing the personality and character of the student youth through voluntary community service.


Briefly, the NSS volunteers work on issues of social relevance, which keep evolving in response to the needs of the community, through regular and special camping activities. Such issues include (i) literacy and education, (ii) health, family welfare and nutrition, (iii) environment conservation, (iv) social service programmes, (v) programmes for the empowerment of women, (vi) programmes connected with economic development activities, (vii) rescue and relief during calamities, etc. (Press Release)

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