Prof. Ashok Kumar Sarial ,Vice-Chancellor, CSKHPAU, asks NSS volunteers to become brand ambassadors of Digital India programmes

Prof. Ashok Kumar Sarial, Vice-Chancellor,CSK H.P. Agriculture University has asked the students to become brand ambassadors of digital India. He was addressing NSS volunteers, officers and scientists after inaugurating ?Digital India Workshop? for NSS volunteers on 24 August. The Vice-Chancellor told that National e-Governance Division of the Govt. of India was doing a commendable work by connecting the Indian youth with digital India programmes and preparing them to spread the vision of Digital India initiatives among academia and other communities. He said that e-governance programmes will enable faster transformation of rural India and will also benefit farming community with the spread of a large number of programmes with the help of high speed internet. In addition to linking around 2.5 lac villages there was plan to link 550 farmer markets with e-governance programmes. Prof. Sarial expressed the hope that the NSS volunteers will help the stakeholders to adopt e-governance programmes. He cautioned the students not to be distracted with an ocean of information on internet and utilize it for academic pursuits only. He also lauded the efforts of Students? Welfare Organization for organizing the workshop to engage, educate and empower the participants about Digital India programmes.

Dr.Kamlesh Singh, Students Welfare Officer, informed that around 450 NSS volunteers of the four constituent colleges of the university took part in the workshop. He said that the volunteers also participated in various competitions like skits, poster making, idea generation and quiz competitions. The workshop was sponsored by the Union Ministry of Electronics & Information Technology in association with National Service Scheme. Mr Rajiv Aggarwal, Director, National Institute of Electronics and Information Technology and Mr.Russi Kansara, Member of e-Governance Division also elaborated about the Digital India progammes meant for transforming India into a digitally empowered society and knowledge economy. NSS programme officers of the university Drs. Sapna Gautam, V.K.Sharma, Virender Pathak and Vaibhav Kalia also interacted with participants. Statutory Officers, OSD to Vice-Chancellor, Joint Director (Information & PR) and some officers from the State e-governance team were also present in the inaugural ceremony of the workshop.