New Delhi, Sep 24 (TNA) The President of India Ram Nath Kovind on Friday presented the National Service Scheme Awards for the year 2019-20 in a virtual ceremony. Speaking on the occasion, the President said that the edifice of a human life is often built on the foundation of student life.
Although learning is a life-long process, but basic personality development starts during the student life. That is why he considers NSS a visionary scheme through which students get an opportunity to serve the society and country during their school and college days itself.
Pointing to the fact that the National Service Scheme was established in 1969, on the occasion of the birth centenary of Mahatma Gandhi, the President lauded the NSS because during the initial outbreak of Covid-19, more than 2 crore 30 lakh masks were made by NSS and distributed in various parts of country.
He also noted that NSS volunteers provided Covid related information to people through helpline as well as helped district administrations in the awareness and relief activities.
The NSS Awards were instituted by the Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports in 1993-94 on the occasion of Silver Jubilee Year of National Service Scheme. The aim of these awards is to recognise and reward outstanding contributions towards voluntary community service made by the Universities/ Colleges, (+2) Councils and Senior Secondary,