Marching ahead

NSS volunteer Sathyan has done his school proud by his determination to serve.


IN RECOGNITION: Sathyan receives the certificate from his school headmaster S. Sethuraman.

IN RECOGNITION: Sathyan receives the certificate from his school headmaster S. Sethuraman.  

S. Sathyan, a Std. XII student of National H.S. School, Mannargudi, has been awarded the `B' certificate by the State Directorate of School Education in recognition of his outstanding service as a volunteer of the National Service Scheme (NSS) unit of the school. He is the first student of the school to win this prestigious certificate.

To encourage outstanding volunteers of the NSS, the State Directorate of School Education has come up with a new scheme of honouring the students with an `A' certificate. Those students who have served for two years in the NSS and had participated in a 10-day special camp in a rural area qualify for the certificate. The NSS volunteers who had successfully taken part in the district level and State level camps were selected for the `B' certificate.

Sathyan joined the NSS unit of the school last year and had been participating in all its activities. In recognition of his good work, he was selected for the three-day district level camp at Kumbakonam in January. Special awareness programmes were held at the camp, when experts from different fields — educationists to heads of government departments — conducted special sessions on leadership qualities, AIDS awareness, total sanitation campaign, small savings and rainwater harvesting.

Based on the performance, Sathyan was selected for the five-day State level camp at Kumbakonam. He was the only student from his school to be selected for the camp, where again awareness programmes were organised, according to the school's NSS programme officer N. Rajappa.

Headmaster S. Sethuraman presented the `B' certificate provided by the Directorate of School Education and signed by the Director and Joint Director (NSS) of the School Education, to Sathyan recently.

Both the `A' and `B' certificates are significant in that the students with these certificates have better scope to higher education and job opportunities, says Sethuraman.

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