Panjab University introduces NSS as an elective subject from this academic

February 25, 2018 11:29 AM

Punjab News Express/Y.S.Rana
CHANDIGARH: A decision of the Union Grants Commission (UGC) is likely to bring more future bureaucrats who have sufficient practical knowledge in community services during their academic career as the Ministry of Human Resource Development (HRD) had already accorded its nod to incorporate NSS as an elective subject at graduation level.

The commission has sent letters to all universities across the country to this effect. Panjab University has become the first university to move on the matter. It has finally decided to introduce National Service Scheme (NSS) as an elective subject in all colleges affiliated to the university from this academic session.  It is revealed by Mr Bikram Rana, SLO, NSS Cell, Chandigarh.  A decision to this effect has been conveyed to all universities across the country to introduce NSS as an elective subject.  

The official further revealed that the UGC had conducted four regional conferences to give final touch to the study course. The conferences were attended by a number of experts across the country and expressed their views and suggestion.

While talking to Bikram Rana, State Liaison Officer, NSS Cell, Chandigarh, who has made untiring efforts to introduce NSS as elective subject at college level said that a proposal was initiated by the Administration and forwarded to the Ministry of Sports and Youth Affairs, GOI some four years ago. The proposal has been sent to the Union Grant Commission (UGC) to ascertain the proper introduction of the proposal.

The decision propelled the Panjab University into a burst of activity. The university swung into action with double the speed to complete the formalities within the stipulated period.  The Syndicate of the university has accorded its approval and appointed Bikram Rana as a member of the committee to discharge the functions of the Board of studies in NSS for the term ending on March 31, 2019.

The syllabus got the final nod from the academic council and is available on the university WebSite. Around 130 colleges affiliated with the university will be benfitted by it. The official of the university further said the book regarding syllabus has been prepared an a copy of it would be sent to all college authorities.

The course will be offered only to the students of first year graduation and total duration of the course will be of three years having six semesters.  According to template course curriculum of each semester will have five units of 100 marks that includes 60 marks for theory and 40 marks for practical project work, said Mr Rana.

The Ministry has sent a letter along with template course curriculum to the UGC. The course has been designed a template of NSS curriculum sent to all universities which was discussed at length at various levels.  “The pilot programme will reposition it into NSS and Skill Development Scheme. Fast changes in the socio-economic sphere in the past necessitated the ministry to review the NSS,” says Mr Rana.

The official of the University stated that the course was designed in such a way that covered all aspects of NSSD such as basic concepts of NSS; its programme and community related activities; youth and crime; yoga to vocation sakill development including issues like environment; disaster management; documentation and reporting. Besides students will be taught life skills, national integration; youth and women empowerment; human rights, gender sensitivity and social evils.

Rana believes that the move of the UGC giving academics status to NSS would in turn likely to bring more young officers in charge of a young country who had vast theoretical as well as practical working experience community activities which would help them in formulating policies for the welfare of community at large.

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