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UGC promoting NSS programmes, volunteers to get grace marks.

National Service Scheme (NSS) volunteers will soon be recorgnised for the hard work they put in towards public service. Their work, which will now be considered as co-curricular activities under the credit-based semester scheme for both under-graduate and post-graduate levels in colleges, will also fetch them grace marks.

In a bid to promote NSS, the University Grants Commission has asked all public universities in the country to adequately reward NSS volunteers for their service.

Created to cultivate a relevant link between higher education and social well being, NSS is aimed to 'educate through service', with lakhs of students actively taking part in various kinds of nation-building activities.

The NSS, run by the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, has its active network in over 320 colleges affiliated to the University of Pune (UoP), which has its jurisdiction in Ahmednagar and Nashik districts along with Pune. There are around 450 active NSS units working in these colleges, with a total volunteers' strength exceeding 45,000.

"A review of the NSS volunteers revealed that the scheme has an enormous potential to strengthen knowledge, capacity and skills of students in a number of social and economic development areas. It is proposed that NSS volunteers should be adequately rewarded for the selfless service rendered by them," UGC secretary Akhilesh Gupta, in a latest letter addressed to universities, has said.

While UoP is set to introduce credit-based semester scheme for the post-graduate level from the coming academic year 2013-14. The same is expected to be implemented for the undergraduate level in due course of time.

Most NSS volunteers of UoP are trained in first-aid, disaster management and terror surveillance, besides being actively involved in several government schemes and programmes of national importance.

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