Gangtok, 20 Nov:
A state-level workshop on Challenges and Opportunities in National Service Scheme [NSS] was inaugurated by the Minister for Sports & Youth Affairs Department, Kunga Nima Lepcha here on Wednesday.
The two-day workshop is being organized by the Sikkim State NSS Cell in collaboration with the Department of Youth Affairs, Guwahati, under Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports.
100 programme officers and programme coordinators of NSS from different schools, colleges and universities in the State are attending the workshop.
In his inaugural address, the Minister expressed that NSS has been playing an important role in society and in leading youth on a productive path and positive manner.
He stressed upon the need to discuss and deliberate on issues related to environment and its conservation and expressed that despite being a small State, Sikkim can play the lead role in environment conservation in the country.
Mr Lepcha stressed that everyone needs to be concerned and serious about conservation.
On the same, he urged the programme officers and NSS volunteers to reach out to the people with awareness and messages on the conservation of environment and water. He also advised NSS programme officers to work on the Fit India campaign.
Additional Chief Secretary, Education Department, GP Upadhyaya, in turn, stated that NSS has been able to inspire school and college students towards social and productive works.
He encouraged NSS programme officers and volunteers to continue with their exemplary work and suggested that proper documentation be maintained of all their activities.
He advised programme officer to create discussion forums in their respective institutions to discuss pertinent issues of the State, nation and the world.
Mr Upadhyaya urged participants to take full advantage of the workshop and disseminate knowledge in their respective institutions.
NSS Regional Director, Deepak Kumar, in turn highlighted that NSS was a platform to give back to the society.
While mentioning that Sikkim has been doing very well in NSS activities, he stated that good work by the State needs to be sustained and said that the workshop will also prepare an action plan for the next five years to further strengthen NSS activities in the State.
Earlier, in his welcome address, Secretary to the Sports & Youth Affairs Department, Kuber Bhandari stressed that enrolment of NSS volunteers needs to be increased in the State.
NSS State Nodal Officer, Doma Tshering Bhutia gave a power-point presentation on various activities of NSS in different educational institutions in the State and detailed the various activities and special camps held by NSS on a regular basis.
The inaugural function also included a presentation on NSS activities at Sikkim Government College, Namchi, by Dr Kamal Poudyal and a presentation of environment-friendly activities in Namchi and other parts of the State by a NSS volunteer of SGC, Namchi, Sanjay Rai, who is also a member of VOICE.
The inaugural function was followed by technical sessions.