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`NSS volunteers can transform rural society'

By Our Staff Reporter

TIRUCHI, MARCH 14 . The potential of National Service Scheme (NSS) volunteers in transforming the rural society was explained at the end of the two-day national seminar on `Recent Trends in NSS Projects and Programmes', organised by the NSS wing of the Bharathidasan University and the Jamal Mohamed College, here today.

NSS Project Officers in colleges and Co-ordinators of other universities listed the achievements of the volunteers in enhancing rural infrastructure, creating social awareness, sensitising villagers to the importance of education and encouraging the rural masses to adopt a collective approach for undertaking economic activities. The seminar, termed the first of its kind in the State, turned out to be a forum for participants to finetune the extension activities.

Presiding over the valedictory function, the Jamal Mohamed College Principal, M. Sheik Mohamed, said extension activities were as important as academic activities. An ebullient combination of the two would pave the way for an integrated growth of students to become multi-faceted personalities.

Students, he said, should be made to realise that they were catalysts for social change. An exposure to social problems would make them good citizens.

P. Thangavelu, Member, Vice-Chancellor's Committee, Bharathidasan University, said the country's prosperity depended on the integration of students. Students should be inspired by the social reformers of the past.

P. Mahalingam, NSS Co-ordinator, University of Madras, moderated the presentation of papers by the project officers.

R. Veerasekaran, NSS Co-ordinator, Bharathidasan University, pointed to the appreciation earned by the NSS volunteers by their service during the `Mahamaham' festival held at Kumbakonam.

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