Gangtok, 19 Feb:
Five-day Inter Institutional Camp on Leadership and Personality Development for National Service Scheme [NSS] volunteers was inaugurated by the Minister for Sports & Youth Affairs Department, Kunga Nima Lepcha here at the Paljor Stadium complex on Wednesday.
The camp is being organized by NSS Cell of Sports & Youth Affairs Department, Government of Sikkim and funded by Regional Office Guwahati under Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports, Government of India.
A total of 200 NSS volunteers from 100 educational institutions from different parts of the State are taking part in this residential camp. The five-day camp has life skill and leadership training sessions by resource persons from in and outside the State along with other sessions in different subjects.
Experienced life skill trainer, Ratna Singh from Guwahati, Senior Consultant from Blood Bank of STNM Hospital, Dr CM Sharma, senior Psychiatrist, Dr Satish Rasaily and others resource persons will take sessions in their respective subjects. The camp will also have yoga and Zumba sessions by Tashi Lhamu Bhutia every morning.
In his inaugural address, the Minister expressed his happiness on the huge participation of NSS volunteers from different parts of the State in the camp. He said that such camps will help students to develop their personality and leadership quality and produce leaders for the society on different fronts.
While referring to NSS volunteers as Ambassadors, he encouraged participants to lead the society on the right path by carrying the right message to make the State vibrant.
“We need leaders on different fronts to lead the society on the positive and right path,” he expressed.
Likewise, Secretary to Sports & Youth Affairs Department, Kuber Bhandari expressed that activities in the camp would help in the holistic development of students. He stated that the overall development of students is the focus of the programme to make them responsible citizens of the society.
“We have been facing issues like drug abuse and NSS volunteers can play an important role in eradicating such menace from the society,” he said. He added that such camps will further strengthen the bond and friendship between students from across the State.
Earlier, in her welcome address, Additional Director Sports & Youth Affairs Department, Doma Tshering Bhutia gave details of the five-day long camp. She informed that two NSS volunteers each from 75 senior secondary schools, 22 colleges and 03 universities of the State are participating in the camp. She stated that experts from different fields will take sessions in their respective subjects.
The Minister has also presented NSS cap to participants in the camp. The inaugural session was also addressed by life skill trainer, Ratna Singh.
The inaugural session also witnessed ice-breaking session by NSS coordinator, Babita Chettri and cultural presentations by NSS volunteers of Burtuk Degree College, West Point SSS and Modern SSS. The day ended with the vote of thanks by SYA Department Assistant Director, Pintso Bhutia. The valedictory function of the camp will be held on 23 Feb.