Seven Day National Integration Camp of NSS Inaugurated
Bilaspur. The inauguration of National Integration Camp 2023, to be organised from March 18 to 24, 2023, at Guru Ghasidas Vishwavidyalaya (a Central University) and sponsored by the Regional Directorate of National Service Scheme, Bhopal (M.P.), Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, Government of India, took place at 10.30 am on 0.30 am on March 20, 2023, in the Rajat Jayanti Sabhagar.
The chief guest of the inaugural programme was Professor M.K. Verma, Vice-Chancellor of Swami Vivekanand Technical University, Bhilai, Chhattisgarh. The programme was presided over by the honourable vice chancellor of the university, Professor Alok Kumar Chakrawal. The registrar of the university, Prof. Manish Srivastava, was among the guests on the stage. The camp coordinator, Dr Dilip Jha, gave the welcome speech. Regional Director of National Service Scheme (Central Zone), Bhopal, and Director of the Camp, A.S. Kabir, while delivering the initial address, provided detailed information about the camp and various schemes of the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, Government of India.
The honourable vice chancellor of the university, Professor Alok Kumar Chakrawal, the chief patron of the camp, said, “This camp being a national integration camp of the national service scheme, it should serve as an ideal symbol of national integration for the nation.” Through this National Integration Camp, young volunteers from 12 states will get to know and understand each other’s art and culture and conduct. “The spirit of discipline and dedication,” he said, “is ingrained in the workings of the National Service Scheme, which allows the youth to set ideal standards in life. We endeavour that all the participants take back pleasant memories from this camp”.
The chief guest of the inauguration program, Professor M.K. Verma, Vice-Chancellor of Swami Vivekanand Technical University, Bhilai, Chhattisgarh, said that India is a symbol of unity in diversity. He pointed out, “India has three dimensions of diversity: political, cultural, and economic”. He also shed light on the historical background of united India in his address.
Before this, the programme was inaugurated with the lighting of the lamp, garlanding the idols of Maa Saraswati and Baba Guru Ghasidas, and an oil painting of Swami Vivekananda. Thereafter, the National Service Scheme’s target song, ‘Uthe Samaj ke Liye Uthe,” was presented by the NSS volunteers. The guests on the dais received saplings and NSS badges as welcome. Two hundred NSS volunteers from 36 universities in twelve states are participating in the National Integration Camp.
The guests on the stage were honoured by presenting shawls, shreephals, and mementoes. In the end, the registrar of the university, Prof. Manish Srivastava, gave the vote of thanks, and Princi Matlani, assistant professor of the Computer Science and Engineering Department, conducted the programme. On this occasion, NSS Program Officers from different states, NSS Program Officers of the University, Deans of various Schools of the University, Heads of Departments, officers, teaching staff, and students were present.