Mangaluru, Jan 08, 2020: National Service Scheme (N.S.S) Cell of Nitte (Deemed to be University) is organizing a week-long ’N.S.S National Integration Camp’ in collaboration with State NSS Cell, Govt. of Karnataka, Bengaluru and National Regional Directorate, Govt. Of India, Bengaluru from 7th January to 13th January,2020 at K.S. Hedge Medical Academy, Deralakatte.
The inaugural ceremony was held on Tuesday, 7th January, 2020 at K.S. Hegde Auditorium, Deralakatte. The hoisting of the NSS flag marked the opening of the NSS National Integration Camp.
The programme was inaugurated with the lamp lighting ceremony by the dignitaries.
Dr. G. Kalpana, IAS, Additional Chief Secretary, Dept. of Youth Empowerment and Sports, Govt. of Karnataka, speaking on the importance of NSS said, “NSS instills an understanding of the society we live in. It enhances your organizational competence and help us gain as an individual.”
She further said, “NSS is the platform to score marks in your life; to find your inner merits, to become the best you that you can possibly be.”
The Chief Guest of the function will be Prof. Dr. Satheesh Kumar Bhandary, Vice-Chancellor, Nitte DU, addressing the gathering said, “ National Integration Camp is imperative for our young volunteers in the present day when our nation is faced with serious challenges. National Integration camp provides a platform to mingle, communicate and interact with the co volunteers and graduate with wisdom.”
Sri N.Vinay Hegde, Chancellor, Nitte (Deemed to be University) in his Presidential address said, “Community service is larger than the University degree. The greatest satisfaction is released through the community service and NSS provides a platform for it.” He added, “Education system is the hall mark of discipline. NSS provides larger exposure to discipline.”
Dr. Gananath Shetty Yekkar, State NSS Officer &Ex-Officio Joint Secretary, Govt. of Karnataka was Guest of Honour. Prof. Dr. Alka Kulkarni, Registrar, Nitte DU and Prof. Dr. Sumalatha R Shetty, NSS Coordinator, Nitte DU were present.
The seven-day long residential camp aims to provide youth from the diverse cultural background a common platform to interact with each other. The N.S.S volunteers will be exposed to community welfare projects, programmes related to environmental sensitivity, Shramdaan, yoga and cultural programmes. Volunteers will be exchanging their ideas through seminars with experts from different fields. The camp is planned to instill among the volunteers’ a sense of belongingness towards the country and the spirit of leadership.