Mangalore University is selected by the union ministry of youth affairs and sports for the Indira Gandhi NSS Award 2013. The President of India, Pranab Mukherjee, will bestow the award to the vice-chancellor of Mangalore University, TC Shivashankara Murthy, on 19th November, in an award function which will be organised at Rashtrapati Bhawan.
The award consists of Rs 2 lakh cash, a memento a citation.
Mangalore University will be the fourth university of Karnataka after RGUHS, Bangalore University and UAS, Dharwad who will be receiving this award. The university which was shortlisted for the award last year too piped a dozen other shortlisted universities across India this year to make the grade.
The then the National Service Scheme (NSS) coordinator of the university Gananatha Shetty Yekkar will join vice-chancellor in receiving the award.
The vice-chancellor dedicated the award to the 16, 902 NSS volunteers in 160 NSS in 110 colleges under the university, the VC says, "selection committee headed by the secretary, ministry of youth affairs and sports has seen the university's track record over past 5 years in NSS activities in making this selection. The University is the only institution in the state to have made NSS part of its academics for under-graduate students."
The NSS volunteers over the last three years have created assets worth Rs. 1.30 crore. In 2012-13. Rs. 18.70 lakh regular activities are carried out, Rs. 42.08 lakhs special camps activities were conducted, 4,775 blood units donated, 13, 075 sapling plants, 5,115 children immunized for polio. The total value of durable assets created in the last academic year amounts to Rs. 79.06 lakh, he said, adding these factors have influenced the selection committee's decision.