SEVEN DAY NSS CAMP ORGANISED BY WORLD UNIVERSITY
A Seven-Day NSS special camp was inaugurated at the World University, Fatehgarh Sahib by the vice chancellor of the University, Dr Prit Pal Singh. In his inaugural address, Dr. Singh enlightened the volunteers regarding the importance of the camp. He said that the main theme of such camps is to make education more experiential and to enlighten the youth to be sensitive to the need of the community. Dr Harneet Billing, Programme coordinator (NSS) deliberated upon the theme of the camp: Health, Hygiene and Public Sanitation. She detailed the road map of the camp and shared that five workshops on emotional, mental and physical well being has been planned for the volunteers. Following the workshops, volunteers will share their learning with the villagers in the villages adopted by the University. Further, an orientation session on the ‘Sikh Marshal Art: Gatka’ has also been planned to develop consciousness about the same. The volunteers will also undertake cleanliness drive in the campus and the adopted villages. On the concluding day a rally on ‘Save Lives: follow Traffic rules’ will be taken out by the volunteers, she added.
The camp is being attended by 100 volunteers selected from the four NSS units of the department. The programme officers of the University were also present on the occasion.
Expressing his satisfaction on the activities of the camp, Prof S.S. Billing, Dean Academic Affairs of the University, congratulated the volunteers on joining the camp. He further motivated the volunteers to carry forward the learning and imbibe the values learnt into their behaviour.
In the afternoon session of the camp, Dr Gurpreet Brar, Assistant professor, Department of Political Science, Punjabi university Patiala presented a talk on the ideology of Shaheed Bhagat Singh. He shared his concerns on the loss of the vision amongst the youth and falling trap to false dream. He urged the volunteers to undergo self analysis to identify the vision of life and attain success in life. He motivated them to be friend with book to develop a critical analytical perspective in life. A fruitful discussion followed the session wherein the volunteers shared their conceptions on life and sought answers to their concerns.
A workshop on ‘Mental health’ was conducted by Prof Sukhminder Kaur, Associate Professor, Department of Psychology, Punjabi University Patiala. She discussed the need of maintaining the mental health by highlighting the mental crisis faced by the present youth. She also suggested some exercises to be mentally strong and vigil. The first day of the camp concluded with sharing of the experiences by the NSS volunteers and an ice breaking session in the evening session. With a hope that the camp will be able to sensitise the youth towards community service, Dr. Harneet Billing expressed her gratitude to all the participants.