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Indira Gandhi National Service Scheme Award to Sr. Stella Thomas SMMI


By P Maippan
Sr Stella Thomas along with Fr Benny James, Principal, Don Bosco College Maram, receiving NSS award from the President of India
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Dimapur, Nov. 29. 19 November, Maram: The prestigious Indira Gandhi National Service Scheme Award (IGNSS) is conferred on Sr. Stella Thomas (Sr. Arpita Therese) belonging to the congregation  of  Salesian Missionaries  of Mary Immaculate(SMMI), for the best programme officer of NSS for the year 2011-2012.

National Service Scheme (NSS) is a Governmental organization of the youth which was launched on 24th Sept. 1969, with its motto, ''Not me But You''. Sr Stella is also the coordinator of the Red Ribbon Club (RRC) of the college under Manipur Aids Control Society (MACS).

She has been serving as a lecturer in Don Bosco College Maram, Manipur in the department of English since 2007. From 2009 onwards, she has been actively involved in the NSS unit of the college as the programme officer. The NSS in Don Bosco College, Maram has seen new heights under her skillful and able leadership.  In the past years, she has helped volunteers to explore their talents with many exposure programmes. This is seen in the regular participation of at least one volunteer in the Republic day parade, Adventurous camps, Exchange programs in China etc.

Sr. Stella also had taken part in several training programmes both at National and Regional levels. Some of the commendable activities carried out under her leadership are Voluntary Blood Donation, Tree plantation, Cleanliness drive, Repair of NH 39, HIV/AIDS Awareness Campaign, Outreach Programmes to the neighbouring schools, Special camping in the adopted villages and a host of other activities.

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