Chitkara University played host to the North Zone Pre-Republic Day Parade Camp, at its Punjab Campus, from November 15-24, 2019. The Parade Camp, which was organised under the aegis of NSS Regional Directorate, Chandigarh; and the Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports, Government of India, aimed at selecting the best NSS volunteers to take part in 2020 Republic Day celebrations at Rajpath, New Delhi.
210 NSS volunteers, along with their Program Officers, from 8 States across North India (namely, Chandigarh, Haryana, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Delhi, J&K, Rajasthan, Ladakh) enthusiastically participated and trained hard during the Camp. If selected, it would be a matter of great pride & honour to take part in the Republic Day Parade at Rajpath, New Delhi, and salute the ‘First Citizen of the Country’. Only a few select and bright NSS Volunteers would make the final cut – and needless to say, right from the beginning to the end of the camp organised at Chitkara University, the volunteers were fully energetic and enthusiastic.
The 10-Day Pre-Republic Day Parade Camp was managed entirely by the NSS Officials, student volunteers and contingent leaders, and included activities like Shramdan, Yoga, Community Singing, Parade Practice, Academic Lectures, Discussions, Quiz, Debate and evening Cultural Programmes, planned for the participants. An excursion trip to Sukhna Lake and Rock Garden, Chandigarh, was also organised. Additionally, NSS volunteers also took part in hospitality assignments on different days of the camp involving volunteers of different states, one by one.
The last leg of the Parade Camp included selection rounds where NSS officials & selection committee members – Mr. Ravi Kumar Sinha, Under-Secretary, Govt. of India & CPIO Govt. of India, Dept of Youth Affairs, Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports, New Delhi; Dr. C. Samuel Chelliah, Assistant Programme Advisor, Directorate of NSS, New Delhi; and Dr. Ashok Kumar Shroti, Regional Director, NSS, Regional Directorate Lucknow & Additional Charge, Bhopal; assessed the NSS Volunteers for discipline, march past and cultural activities.
A panel discussion on ‘significant initiatives taken for the youth of the country, by the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, Government of India’, with selection committee members & senior officials, was also broadcasted live on Chitkara Radio 107.8FM. The talk was moderated by Dr. Neelam Verma who looks after NSS activities at Chitkara University.
Congratulating the NSS Volunteers, of the participating North Zone states, for their keen efforts and enthusiasm during the Parade Camp, Dr. Madhu Chitkara, Vice Chancellor, Chitkara University, said, “We, at Chitkara University believe that the real success of education is to apply knowledge, and NSS symbolises the same. The youth of a nation shapes and moulds its present and paves the way for its future – and together, the Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports, Government of India; and the National Service Scheme, play a pivotal role in linking the student with the nation, and securing the future with its dynamic youth.”
The 10-Day North Zone Pre-Republic Day Parade Camp concluded on a high note with breathtaking cultural performances and a glittering valedictory ceremony for the participants. Chief Guest for the day – Mr Charu Dutt Singh, Deputy DGF Central, Deputy Director General Forest, Northern Regional Office, Ministry of Environment Forest and Climate Change, Chandigarh; and Guest of Honour – Dr. Madhu Chitkara, Vice Chancellor, Chitkara University; congratulated & honoured the NSS Volunteers for their dedication, hard work and enthusiastic participation.
During the special address by dignitaries present at the closing ceremony, it was established that the youth, particularly the young-educated, can & must play a great role towards the society and nation-building. Youth of India have huge potential and enthusiasm to dedicate them to reform, improvement, and can surely take the nation to greater heights. Tapping this potential is what needs to be done.
About Chitkara University: In the year 2002, Chitkara Educational Trust established its Punjab campus 30km from Chandigarh, on the Chandigarh-Patiala National Highway. In the year 2010, Chitkara University was established by the Punjab State Legislature under ‘The Chitkara University Act’. Chitkara University, one of the best university in Punjab is a government-recognized university with the right to confer degrees as per the Sections 2(f) and 22(1) of the UGC Act, 1956.
Chitkara University has been founded by Dr. Ashok Chitkara and Dr. Madhu Chitkara who have been passionate teachers for more than 40 years now. Chitkara Education brings with it, a reputation that has been earned through years of serving the career – needs of the student community. It is a reputation for excellence and innovation among coveted employers for preparing graduates who have the knowledge and skills they need for success in their workplace.
Chitkara University graduates go on to have great careers, as they have their hands on the responsive teaching methodology. Students from around the country are attracted to Chitkara University because of their commitment to teaching excellence, their research that makes a difference, their industry partnerships and their tailored courses. This difference has been acknowledged by students, parents, alumni, government, and industry since the inception of the university.
Within a decade, most of Chitkara University academic programs are ranked among the top 50 programs in the country which speaks volumes about their string of academic heritage, highly committed faculty, extensive industry collaborations, great international connections and state-of-the-art campus facilities.