SAGALEE, July 2: The National Service Scheme (NSS) unit of the Rajiv Gandhi University (RGU) successfully organised its annual special camp at Parang government secondary school from June 25 to July 1 last.

The week-long event, themed, “Go Green, Go Clean,” aimed to promote community service, personal development, and skill enhancement among students.

A team of 40 NSS volunteers from RGU participated, engaging in various activities to foster volunteerism and community development.

The camp, part of the Clean Himalayan Campaign, included cleaning school premises, tree plantation, Nukkad Natak presentations, and awareness programs on AIDS control under the Red Ribbon Club.

Additionally, cultural exchange programs, trekking to the Sangya Gyabe Watershed baseline, and school visits were organized.

On June 30, RGU vice-chancellor Prof Saket Kushwaha joined the volunteers and villagers at Parang village. He assured the village elders that RGU would support the area’s ecotourism potential and assist in marketing agricultural and horticultural products.

He also committed to providing river rafting materials and suggested strategies for developing a self-sufficient economy.

Prof Kushwaha, along with other university officials, also participated in a tree plantation drive at the school campus with various fruit-bearing and timber saplings.

Expressing satisfaction with the camp’s outcomes, Prof Kushwaha highlighted the successful awareness raised about health, hygiene, and education among the local community. He emphasized the valuable experience gained by volunteers in organizing events, teamwork, leadership, and community interaction.

Earlier, RGU registrar Dr NT Rikam, an alumnus of the school, shared nostalgic memories and advised the younger generation to pursue hard work and benefit from various government schemes. He emphasized the importance of incorporating such activities into the curriculum to help young people understand socio-cultural dynamics.

Dr Rikam expressed optimism about the camp’s success in achieving its community service objectives.

RGU’s Adventure and Mountaineering Club chairman and also joint registrar Dr David Pertin commended the efforts of the NSS volunteers and encouraged them to continue participating in such noble acts. He noted that the camp fostered a sense of community and mutual respect between volunteers and local residents.

NSS unit programme officer, Gomar Basar informed that the volunteers participated in a village cleanliness drive, promoting hygiene and sanitation, and conducted environmental educational programs. They distributed coffee plant saplings to villagers and conducted sessions on the importance of trees and sustainable living. Volunteers engaged in regular interactions with the local community to understand their needs and challenges, and conducted surveys and discussions to provide a platform for the community to voice their concerns.