Panjab University has decided to introduce grading system for National Social Service in the city from this academic session.
The move comes on the directions of the director, higher education, Chandigarh administration.
NSS volunteers from PU and colleges affiliated to it will now get certificates with three grades--A, B and C.
Grade 'A' certificates will be awarded to volunteers who completing two years and 240 hours of service and will carry two marks.
Grade 'B' certificates will be given to those recording 240 hours of service and participating in one seven-day camp and two blood donation drives, besides participating in one national activity, such as national integration camp and youth leadership programmes, among others. The B-grade certificates carry two-and-a-half marks.
Grade 'C' certificates will require volunteers to complete 360 hours of service and attend two seven-day NSS camps
For Grade C certificate, one is required to have a minimum of three years of experience as an NSS volunteer. A student with this grade is entitled to three marks.
A volunteer with one year experience in NSS
and has attended only one seven-day camp will get no grade and will be entitled to only mark.
PU's NSS programme coordinator Yograj Angrish said the NSS volunteers who have been associated with the PU from the last three years could now seek certificates with grades (A, B and C) after showing previous NSS certificates which have been duly attested by head of the institution and programme officers.