Sonapur, March 18: In order to inculcate a sense of responsibility and social commitment among the youth of North East India, the Regional Directorate of NSS, Guwahati in collaboration with the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, Government of India and Assam Don Bosco University, Sonapur began its 5-day North East NSS Festival from March 18 to 22 at the Tapesia Campus of the University.
Padma Shri Patricia Mukhim, Editor, Shillong Times was invited as the chief guest of the Festival. Other dignitaries who graced the occasion include Fr. (Dr.) Stephen Mavely, Vice Chancellor of Assam Don Bosco University, Fr. (Dr.) Biju Michael, Registrar of the University, Dr. Tushar Rane, Chief Field Office, UNICEF Assam, Vara Prasad, CEO, Assam Cancer Care Foundation, Saiyyad Ali, State Director, Nehru Yuva Kendra, Mizoram, Dipak Kumar, Director, Guwahati Regional Directorate of NSS and Dr. Riju Sharma, Director of Humanities and Social Sciences, Assam Don Bosco University.
While addressing the NSS volunteers from eight states of North East Patricia Mukhim said, “Voluntarism must begin at home. It must begin with me. It must begin with you. We don’t have to depend to do things on anyone that is personal to us and only then we can take it to the world. When we volunteer for something, there are some impacts that are tangible, that you can see and experience. There are other impacts that are intangible but having positive impacts. Experience of giving is a great act. It has a very positive impact on the person you give and on you as well. The law of nature says, we only get back what we give.”
Over 500 NSS Volunteers and 12 NSS programme officers from across North Eastern states are participating in the five days festival. Life skills education along with games, adventure sports and trekking, literary, art and elocution competitions, and an educational tour of the city are the key components of the NSS Festival.
SPICMACAY teams are performing on March 20 along with contingents from Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Meghalaya, Nagaland, Manipur, Sikkim, Mizoram and Tripura.
NSS was launched on September 24, 1969 by the then Education Minister Dr. V.K. R.V. Rao. It is an initiative taken for the higher National education system to inculcate spirit of service among students, through first-hand community engagement programmes, while they pursue their studies.
(Page News Service)