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Serve the nation, Governor tells youth

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National Service Scheme State awards for 2011-12 presented

‘Get involved’:The NSS State award recipients at a function in Bangalore on Monday.— Photo: K. Gopinathan
‘Get involved’:The NSS State award recipients at a function in Bangalore on Monday.— Photo: K. Gopinathan

“The youth must serve the nation; if they don’t, no one else will. Complacency in governance and in performing national service is not good for the country,” said Governor H.R. Bhardwaj.

He was speaking after presenting the National Service Scheme State awards for 2011-12, here on Monday.

Stating that future generations will suffer if the youth of today do not serve the nation, he urged them to act now. “Karnataka has shown that it is good in these matters, as several youth programmes such as the Bharat Scouts & Guides have worked exceptionally well here. Elsewhere, these have been forgotten and there are misguided youth.”

Mr. Bhardwaj said that after Independence, Mahatma Gandhi felt that every able-bodied man should involve himself in national service. It was years later that the National Service Scheme (NSS) was started. “Every country has some national service scheme. For instance, in Japan, every person has to work an extra hour for the nation.”

Earlier, he noted that more girls were coming forward and participating in the NSS. Stating that this was a good sign, he said he was happy to give away awards to youth for national service. Minister for Sports and Youth Services M.P. Apachu Ranjan said in the 44 years of the NSS, more than three lakh students from 26 universities in the State had enrolled in the scheme. The NSS was launched as an ideal value-based youth programme aimed at personality development of students through community service.

He said through the NSS, the youth could be converted into a national resource. He urged NSS cadets to take up rural service and lauded the efforts of the Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences for becoming the first university to bag the Indira Gandhi National Award for NSS 2011-12. RGUHS Vice-Chancellor K.S. Sriprakash was felicitated by Mr. Bhardwaj. The Best Directorate Award went to H.U. Talwar, Director, Directorate of Technical Education; and Best NSS Programme Coordinator Award to Umapathy, programme coordinator, DTE.

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