Government of India, the then Ministry of Human Resource Development conducted the first Republic Day Camp of NSS Volunteers in 1988 at New Delhi. Now the NSS is being run by the Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports. Right from the beginning, these Republic Day Parade Camps have been proved a boon for the personality development of NSS Volunteers of the country. The volunteers are imparted training in leadership development and (March-Past) parade apart from organising various socio-cultural programmes. As the participants from all states & UTs participate in this camp, the NSS R.D.Camp replicates a MINI INDIA to the nation’s capital from 1st-31st January every year. It provides ample opportunities to the NSS volunteers not only to interact among themselves but also to learn and know the tradition, custom, culture, language of one state to another. These volunteers, after a month long stay together in the camp, become capable to present themselves in the more better way and constitute a bond of patriotism, national integration, brotherhood, communal harmony which is the ultimate goal of the camp.
The day in R.D. Camp begins in early morning from 6 AM and extends upto 10 PM. In includes Morning Assembly, Shramdan, Yoga, Physical Training, Community Singing, Parade Practice, Lectures, Discussions, Quiz, Debate and evening Cultural programmes. The camp is managed entirely by the NSS Officials, student volunteers and contingent leaders. The participation in Republic Day Parade on 26th January is considered as a matter of great pride for the student youth. It is also treated as a recognition of the selfless community service rendered by the NSS volunteers throughout the country.
Opportunities to meet Role Models of National/International Repute
During the camp the participating NSS volunteers are provided opportunities to meet many eminent personalities of different fields. The camp organisers invite the eminent personalities to boost the morale of NSS volunteers and the volunteers interact with them. It also helps the volunteers to broaden their knowledge base. To name a few, the Hon’ble President of India, Hon’ble Vice President of India, Hon’ble Prime Minister of India, Minister of Youth Affairs & Sports and other Eminent Personalities in the field of Education, Health, Social Service, Science & Technology, Sports, Environment, Fine Arts, Art & Culture, have addressed the volunteers. NSS Volunteers’ contingent of each State get an opportunity to show their rich cultural, performing art, heritage during the cultural programmes every evening in the R.D. Camp. This helps the other participants to understand and appreciate the richness and fauna & flora diversity of the country.
In order to understand the folk art, dance, culture a cultural evening is organised every day in such a way that each and every participating volunteer gets a chance to exhibit his talent and cultural background.
Every day a two hour long academic session is convened in the R.D. Camp. This session comprises of one hour lecture by some eminent personalities of some specific field of national/international interest followed by one
hour interaction with the volunteers. Extempore Speech on various issues of social and national interest are the integral part of the academic session.
It has been proved that the month long Republic Day Parade Camp changes the overall personality of the participating volunteers. Lots of exposure and experience gained during the camp and valuable guidance of many eminent personalities of different field helps student volunteers to take a right decision in their career. By attending the R.D. Camp the volunteers become capable of adopting a good life style like they learn group living, attain leadership quality, improve communication skills, come forward to undertake any responsibilities and fulfil them. They become capable of adopting to set their vision and mission in their life lying ahead and on the other hand this R.D. Camp inculcates a sense and spirit of patriotism, national integration, solidarity, brotherhood, communal harmony among the student volunteers which is very much essential for the betterment of the nation. The NSS Republic Day Parade Camp provides ample opportunities to the student volunteers for their integrated personality development.
The NSS R.D. Camps have created many eminent personalities in the country in the field of education, health, art & culture, cinema, politics besides IAS, IPS, IFS. Today these personalities are role models for the youth of the country and gained national recognition.
The NSS Republic Day Parade Camp has become famous, favourite and of most attraction among the NSS volunteers and the youth community in the country. Personality of a student youth who has ever attended NSS R.D. Camp distinguishes himself/herself from the general mass.
The contingent for NSS RD Republic Day Parade is selected from the five Pre Republic Day Parade Camps that are organised at Zonal level by the Regional Directorates of NSS on rotation basis. 200 NSS volunteers participate in each zonal level Pre-R.D camps of 10 days' duration. In these camps the volunteers are imparted training of parade(March-past) and other youth development programmes. Then a central selection Committee comprising of nominated members of the Directorate of NSS visit the five zonal level camps to select the NSS contingent out of the 1000 participating volunteers. Two categories of volunteers mainly with Parade and Cultural activities and preferable with knowledge & work of NSS activities are selected to take part in the one month long Republic Day Parade Camp. Besides that, the following basic qualities are required for selection of NSS Volunteers for Pre- Republic Day Parade Cam and the NSS Republic Day Parade Camp:
- Should be a regular student and bonafide NSS Volunteersof any NSS Unit at College level
- Should have attended the orientation programme of NSS
- Should have participated in at least one Special camp
- Culturally Sound
- Capable of team building & leadership
- Capable to cope up with the camping atmosphere
- Physically fit
- Capable to undergo a rigorous physical & drill training
- Well disciplined
- Height for male volunteers between 166 cms to 175 cms & for female volunteers 155 cms to 166 cms
- The volunteers should be unmarried