Nov 26, 2014: Hon’ble President of India Shri Pranab Mukherjee conferred prestigious Indira Gandhi National Service Scheme (NSS) Award on an LPU Civil Engineering final year student Debanshu Chauhan. LPU NSS Volunteer has been selected from more than 32 Lac NSS student volunteers of 298 Universities, 42 other School Councils and Vocational Institutions of the country. Debanshu has been successful in completing 240 hours service to the society
under diverse projects within two years passionately and devotedly. The award for the year 2013-14 was conferred on Debanshu at a function held at the Darbar Hall of Rashtrapati Bhawan New Delhi. This NSS volunteers’ category award carried a cash award of Rs 15,000, certificate and a silver medal for Debanshu.
The Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports is the nodal ministry for the awards, which are given every year to recognise outstanding work done by NSS volunteers. Prior to this award, Debanshu was also honoured in January 2014 as one of the best NSS volunteers to partake in the Republic Day Parade at Rajpath in New Delhi. So, from being on RajPath in an honourable position, LPU volunteer Debanshu found entry to Rashtrapati Bhavan to win two prestigious national honours within 10 months, this year 2014.
Debanshu is selflessly a firm follower of NSS slogan “Not me, but you” and has been many a times blood donor, planter, voters’ awakener, active participant at many zonal, state and national level NSS events organized by the university and concerned Ministry. Helping aged persons, visiting orphanages & Juvenile homes with needful things, keeping cleanliness all around are regular features of his personality. Feeling proud on this rare honour, emotional Debanshu shared: “It really makes me proud to be a student of LPU which transformed me into a passionate student to think and work for others. I have studied in an ordinary way.but I have learnt a lot in an extraordinary method at my university. I wanted to join NCC at university to be an army officer to serve the country. On being unable to join NCC, I opted the other way out to serve the society through NSS. I had never thought that this selfless learning will lead me to win the coveted honours in such a young age by being at my much adorable university.”
Congratulating the award winning student, LPU Chancellor Mr Ashok Mittal advised other students to follow in spirit the great doings of Debanshu. Mr Mittal said: “It gave me immense happiness as and when I came to know that one of our students is going to be honoured by the President of India. I am also proud that our LPU Volunteer has brought glory and pride not only to the university and student community but the Punjab also. He is now a great source of inspiration for other university students also. I advise all the students to be as socially dutiful as Debanshu is.” Mr Mittal further informed: “LPU believes in developing students with all those traits and skills that are required in a global citizen and a complete professional. LPU environ make students imbibe not only academic skills but extracurricular abilities also.”
National Service Scheme (NSS) is one of the flagship programs of the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports aimed at developing qualities of good citizenship and spirit of Volunteerism among youth. It is to provide them an opportunity to work with the people in the villages and slum dwellers. The scheme seeks to achieve its objectives through “Campus to Community” and “College to Village” approaches.