Volunteers from 13 universities in the State taking part in the carnival
Volunteers from 13 universities from Andhra, Telangana, and Rayalaseema arrived in the city to celebrate State-level NSS Youth Festival at Dr. B.R. Ambedkar Assembly Hall, Andhra University, here on Thursday. The carnival started off with a colourful cultural rally where hundreds of students from Anantapur, Hyderabad, Srikakulam, Nalgonda, Warangal, Nellore, Kurnool, and other places turned up wearing traditional attires, dancing to the folk music, and raising slogans. A few volunteers were also seen dressed as Sri Krishnadevaraya and other legendary characters. Speaking on the occasion, Vice-Chancellor of Andhra University said the NSS programme was aimed at developing the personality of the volunteer and help him contribute to national development.
“It is overwhelming to note that there are more than three million NSS volunteers across the country and in that more than three lakh are from Andhra Pradesh.
They are rendering services in several forms such as blood donation camp, helping the needy, apart from conducting a series of community development programmes,” he said. Rector of AU A.V. Prasada Rao said NSS camps help bring social awareness among people on de-addiction and health related programmes. He also advised the volunteers to receive regular feedback after the camps and try to restructure the programme to serve better next time. Youth officer and head of NSS regional centre R. Gokulakrishnan,
State liaison officer of State NSS Cell P. Ramachandra Rao, dean of student affairs A. Subrahmanyam, NSS programme coordinator N.A.D. Pal, Principal of College of Engineering (Autonomous) Ch.V. Ramachandra Murthy, Principal of College of Arts and Commerce D. Prabhakara Rao, and others said the festival aimed at promoting unity in diversity and help the volunteers to know each other better, irrespective of caste, creed, and religion. They encouraged the students to extend their service through NSS.