Directorate of NSS Regional Director, A N Pujar, on Monday said that the state government has released Rs 80 crore for the development of related schemes.
The director was speaking after inaugurating the two-day national level seminar on ‘Revisiting NSS-A SWOT perspective’ organised by the University of Mysore National Service Scheme as part of UoM centenary celebration at Maharaja centenary hall.
Pujar said the state government is keen on development of NSS. To promote the scheme, the state government has decided to award 20 NSS programmes and volunteers with cash prize of Rs 70,000 and Rs 30,000 respectively. “While most of the states in the country allot not more than Rs 20 crore towards NSS, the state government has earmarked additional funds for the scheme, he said.
He said that University Grants Commission (UGC) has agreed for the directorate’s proposal to introduce NSS as an elective subject for UG courses and NSS units in engineering and medical colleges. “With the initiative, the number of student volunteers will be more from coming academic year,” he said and urged the participants to provide their inputs in this regard. “The seminar is being organised to chalk out plans for the next 50 years and the report will be submitted to the Central government,” he added. Speaking on the occasion, UoM Registrar Professor C Basavaraju said that it is necessary to teach the students through informal education.