“The Youth Red Cross” is the most important constituent of its mother organization, Indian Red Cross. It is a group movement organized at the initial stages for students between 18 and 25 years of age within the colleges. A qualified lecturer is recognized as the leader and he is called the Programme Officer under his guidance, the students are trained and encouraged to manage the affairs of the group, electing their own office-Bearers.
- To create an awareness on the care of their own health and of others.
- To understand and to accept of civic responsibilities and acting accordingly with humanitarian concern to fulfill the same.
- To enable the growth and development of a spirit of service and sense of duty with dedication and devotion in the minds of youth.
- To foster better friendly relationship with all without any discrimination.
Principles of YRC
Youth Red Cross has the following three principles:
- The identify card should be displayed prominently.
- The Students must Carry identity card in college campus.
- Every Student should salute the members of the teaching staff on the occasion of his/her meeting them for the day within in the college precincts.
To develop the mental and moral capacities of the Youth.
In Tamil Nadu
Youth Red Cross (YRC) in Tamil Nadu has seen a tremendous and phenomenal growth in a short span of six year.The membership has increased from a meager 37,000 to 7 lakhs, the number of colleges to start YRC unit has grown from 140 to 852. Now the Number of Universities are 13 including Arts & Science Colleges, Engineering Colleges, Polytechnic Colleges, Para Medical Colleges, Law & Agriculture Colleges .Under the each university the Vice-Chancellor will be the monitor. Under whom the Co-ordinators (University Level) District Organizers (District Level) Programme Officers (College Level) will be the functionaries of the YRC unit.
Red Cross on a white background, is the Emblem of Red Cross, recognized in 1864 as the distinctive sign for medical relief teams on the battle field.
In the Russo-Turkish war the Ottoman empire used a Red Crescent in place of the Red Cross. Egypt too opted for the Red Crescent while Persia chose a Red Lion on a white background. These symbols were written and accepted into the 1929 Geneva Conventions. The IRCS adopted RED CROSS as its emblem.
The National Society make use of the emblem as an indicative device in peacetime and during armed conflicts within the limits stipulated in national legislation, the regulations and its statutes only for activities consistent with the principles set out by International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent.
The Red Cross, Red Crescent and Red Crystal emblems are symbols of protection in times of armed conflict. Their use is enshrined in international humanitarian law. Article 44 of the First Geneva Convention (12 August 1949) makes the distinction between the protective use and the indicative use of the emblems and outlines the general rules governing the two uses.
Protective use – Use of the emblem for protective purposes is a visible manifestation of the protection accorded by the Geneva Conventions to medical personnel, units and transports.
Indicative use – Use of the emblem for indicative purposes in wartime or in times of peace shows that a person or item of property has a link with the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement.
The importance of the distinction between the protective and indicative uses of the emblems cannot be overestimated. It is the responsibility of all members of the Movement to protect and respect the emblems and to guard against their misuse.
7 Fundamental Principles of Red Cross
The International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, born of a desire to bring assistance without discrimination to the wounded on the battlefield, endeavors, in its international and national capacity, to prevent and alleviate human suffering wherever it may be found. Its purpose is to protect life and health and to ensure respect for the human being. It promotes mutual understanding, friendship, cooperation and lasting peace amongst all peoples.
It makes no discrimination as to nationally, race, religious beliefs, class or political opinions. It endeavors to relieve the suffering of individuals, being solely by their needs, and to give priority to the most urgent cases of distress.
In orders to enjoy the confidence of all, the Movement may not take sides in hostilities or engage in controversies of a political, racial, religious or ideological nature.
The Movement is independent. The National Societies, while auxiliaries in the humanitarian services of their governments and subject to the laws of their respective countries, must always maintain their autonomy so that they may be able at all times to act in accordance with the principles of the Movement.
It is voluntary relief movement not prompted in any manner by desire for gain.
There can be only one Red Cross Or Red Crescent in any one country. It must be open to all. It must carry on its humanitarian work throughout its territory.
The International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, in which all societies have equal status and share equal responsibilities and duties in helping each other, is worldwide.
- Liaison between the State Co-ordinator and District Organizers.
- Organizing training camps for District Organizers/ Programme Officers YRC members.
- Guiding District Organizers/ Programme Officers for proper functioning of YRC.
- Issuance of certificates to District Organizer/ Programme Officers/ YRC Volunteers.
- Convening Meeting of College Principals in connection with YRC activities.
- Organizing University level camps / competition for YRC members.
- Submission of Half Yearly Reports to State Branch about the YRC activities in Respective Zones.
- Starting of YRC Units in all the Colleges (Arts & Science, Engineering) and Polytechnic in the respective districts.
- Helping/ guiding Programme Officers in conducting YRC Programme in Colleges
- Liaison between Colleges and Zonal Co-ordinators/ State Co-ordinator /District Branch.
- Organizing training course for Programme Officers.
- Organizing yearly District Level Camps for YRC Students.
- Organizing yearly District Level Seminars for Programme Officers.
- Recommending participants for State Level Programme to the concerned Zonl Co-ordinator.
- Organizing District level Programme like rally, competition, sports, exhibition for YRC Students.
- Celebration of Geneva Convention Day, World Red Cross Day, World Health Day, Aids Day etc.
- Collection of Annual Reports from the YRC Units of Colleges and sending them to State Branch with a copy to the zonal Co-ordinator.
- Preparation of annual action plan at district level.
Will function as a friend, philosopher, guide and facilitator, without whom YRC units will not be able to function.
Formation of the Unit, monitoring its performance, helping the office bearers to chalk out programmers, Maintenance of records/ accounts, liaison with District Organizers/ Zonal Co-ordinators, sending activity reports to State Branch / Zonal Co-ordinator.
College YRC Unit
For effective functioning of the college YRC Unit, it would be better if YRC Unit has a separate room with adequate furniture. A name board for YRC unit with College Name, Youth Red Cross, properly drawn Red Cross Emblem (Red Cross emblem is formed from five equal red squares with one red square at the centre and other four red squares on four sides of the centre square on a white background) and YRC UNIT Number as shown may be prepared and put at the college gate. YRC UNIT Number will be given by YRC HQ on submission of Pro-forma and Registeration fee.
A Red Cross flage, the photo of Jean Henry Dunant, the Father of Red Cross Movement and Red Cross badges for the YRC Volunteers should be obtained (from the YRC HQ).
Red Cross apron, Red Cross Cap or Arm Band, will be useful for identification & protection of the YRC Volunteers while they are in action. These may be prepared locally as per the design approved by YRC HQ.
In any YRC function in the College level the Red Cross flag will be hoisted in the presence of VIPs, by a VIP and the assembled YRC Volunteers will sing the YRC Song.
YRC Programme Officers Pledge
As a programme officer of Youth Red Cross, I Promise to serve, to work loyally for the promotion of Health and the relief of suffering and distress, wherever I may find it and to hold in friendship youth of all Nations.
YRC Members Pledge
I Pledge myself to care my own health and that of others, to help the sick and suffering specially children and to look upon the youth allover the world as my friends.
One of the items of the function will be the unveiling/ garlanding the photo of Henry Dunant.
Darthi karo nirmal karo beeda prabhu hey
Jeevan karo vujval nava jyothi baro hey -2
Dukki janonki seva hum kare – 2
Baththali thonko gale lagale -2
Shanthi badha shanthi kaarya shanthi varada hey!
Jeevan karo vujval nava jyothi baro hey!
Nava jyothi baro hey, nava jyothi baro hey!
College level Advisory Committee for YRC
It is advised that each college shall have a college level advisory committee consisting of
YRC Programme Officer
One Staff member with Interest in Social work
YRC Student Chairman
YRC Student Secretary
The over all function of the YRC advisory committee at the college level is to advise on the various activities of YRC Unit based on the immediate and urgent needs of the students and the community. It should meet regularly at least four time during the year.
Records and Register
The following list of Records and registers is to be maintained by the College YRC Unit.
- Enrolment Register of Volunteers
- Cash Register
- Stock Register
- Attendance Register for Volunteers
- Register of Project reports
- Register of Progress reports
- Minutes book
- Visitors book
- Blood Donors Directory