Youth Red Cross



The Red Cross is an International Organization meant for humanitarian services.  Its Headquarters is in Geneva, Switzerland with many affiliated National Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies.  It is a non-religious, non-political and non-sectarian International body.  Regardless of either frontiers of Race, the Red Cross remains a voluntary organization and also an independent one having considerable welfare activities to its credit.  It is the biggest relief organization in the World with two hundred million members and tens of thousands of employees.  The Red Cross was established in 1863, in Geneva.  Though at the beginning it aimed at taking care of the people affected by war, in due course, its area of operation was extended to the prevention as well as the relief of human suffering during natural havocs and at other times.

Indian Red Cross Society is a premier humanitarian organization which through its seven principles continued to do the activities which has been acclaimed by all sections of society nationally and internationally without any expectation. Government of Karnataka has visualized the need for grooming the youths for the new generation and as come out with a historic order to enroll the youths by all colleges by affiliating to Indian Red Cross Society under the banner of Youth Red Cross.  Each college is having a Youth Red Cross Unit and thereby the students of affiliated colleges become the ‘Ambassadors’ of Indian Red Cross Society, Karnataka State Branch.

We are reminded of the famous quote of Late Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru the former Prime Minister of India that “The youth of today is the driving force of tomorrow”.   It is our duty to mould the youth to become socially useful citizens of the country. Each generation passes on the torch of development to the next. Hence it becomes the challenge for the present generation to groom the future of tomorrow and that is the ‘Youth’.  Youth Red Cross it is a group movement organized for students in colleges.

  • Member’s age group is 18 to 30 years, Registration fee for colleges is Rs.1500 (One time payment).
  • Student membership fee is Rs.50/- per annum.
  • Colleges have to send 30% of the Membership Fee collected to the Indian Red Cross Society, Karnataka State Branch.
  • 70% of the membership fee Collected has to be retained by the respective colleges to carry out the Youth Red Cross Activities.
  • Every College has a Programme Officer.
  • Each University has a Nodal Officer.
  • Each College has to open separate Bank Accounts for Youth Red Cross, to be jointly operated by the Principal and Programme officer.

Youth Red Cross is a platform where youth can exhibit their talent, skills, knowledge, ability towards the welfare of the people and Primarily Youth Red Cross focuses on Health, Service & Friendship.


No hard and fast rules are laid down regarding Youth Red Cross activities.  Youth should be encouraged to manage their own affairs and choose their own activities.  Their programme should be, as far as possible based on the following heads, which are the objectives of Youth Red Cross.

  • Promotion of Health & Hygiene
  • Service to others
  • National Integration
  • World friendliness
  • Relief work during emergencies like flood, fire and other natural calamities
  • Literacy campaign
  • Avoidance of drugs
  • AIDS awareness
  • Communal harmony-Conflict resolution
  • Hospital services to the wounded and sick both in war and peace
  • Community service
  • Blood Donation
  • Maternity and Child welfare
  • Get involved in Pulse Polio / Health Checkup Camps
  • International Women’s Day
  • Children’s Day
  • Girl Child day


PRINCIPLES of youth 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.

IMPARTIALITY:  It makes no discrimination as to nationality, race, religious beliefs, class or political opinions. It endeavors to relieve the suffering of individuals, being guided solely by their needs, and to give priority to the most urgent cases of distress.

NEUTRALITY:  In order to continue to enjoy the confidence of all, the Movement may not take sides in hostilities or engage at any time 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.

VOLUNTARY SERVICE: It is a voluntary relief movement not prompted in any manner by desire for gain.

UNITY: There can be only one Red Cross or one Red Crescent Society in any one country. It must be open to all. It must carry on its humanitarian work throughout its territory.

UNIVERSALITY: 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.


VISION:  To develop among youth sustainable approaches in addressing three key areas like

                Disaster, Health, Social exclusion.  To cope with spreading social turmoil requiring a 

                change in the mind sets and attitudes to how we live and relate to each other.



The Indian Red Cross Society works for the benefit of the humanity to save the world from any calamity and the benefit of the people.  It elevates the human suffering and the blood donation along with developing generosity among people for the future.


The Indian Red Cross Society, is organized – for the purpose of inculcating in Indian Youth the ideal and practice of service especially in relation to

  • Taking care of own health and that of others
  • Understanding and accepting of civic responsibility
  • Maintaining a spirit of friendliness and helpfulness towards other youth in India and all over the world.
  • Dissemination of the Red Cross Movement.


Every day, several women die from pregnancy related complications like severe bleeding during delivery and after childbirth.  Additionally, premature infants, patients of trauma, children with disorder of Blood like Thalassemia, Hemophilia etc, patients suffering from various types of cancers, chronic kidney disorders and various diseases needing major surgeries are a few instances were

Blood and its components are of prime importance.  There is no substitute for the Blood.  It cannot even be manufactured artificially. Due to the unique nature of blood as a lifesaving and life sustaining Drug / Substance, providing safe blood is considered as a service.

The Indian Red Cross Society, Blood Transfusion Services, has shouldered the responsibility jointly with the Government of Karnataka and other Non-Governmental organizations to provide safe blood to the poor and needy since 1969. 

During the present situation of Covid-19, and continuous lockdown, we have been experiencing shortfall in the collection of Blood. So to cope up with this condition, we urge everyone to consider donating blood at blood donation camps conducted by us or at our blood center. Your sincere donation of each one unit of Blood May Serve those who are Your Near and Dear to You.

Further, we assure that your noblest contribution of Blood will be used judiciously and it will reach the poorest of the poor community especially those awaiting treatment from the Government Hospitals located in remote places of Karnataka. 


  • There is no Substitute for blood transfusion.
  • Blood cannot be manufactured artificially.
  • Blood can only be obtained from human bodies.
  • Blood donation can saves precious lives.
  • A healthy Person can donate once in 3 moths (male) 4 months Female
    Each one of us has minimum 5 to 51/2 liters of Blood.
  • While you donate, donate Just a Handful of Blood.  In a couple of weeks, all aspects of blood are filled in donor body. 
  • Each unit of donated blood can be used for upto three patients.  



Who can donate the Blood?

  • Healthy person, without major illness
  • Age group: 18 to 65 years.
  • Body weight minimum 45 kg and above.
  • Not on any medications.


Who cannot donate Blood?

  • A person with major illness.
  • Person on regular medication.
  • History of: cancer, sexually transmitted diseases etc.
  • Blood should not be donated if donor had blood transfusion within six months.
  • For women: Pregnancy, breast feeding and menstrual cycle.



“I pledge myself to take care of my own health and that of others,

to help the sick and suffering, especially children and to look

upon all over the world as my friends”



Youth Red Cross Wing has started in the year 2012-13 at JSS PDA and organizing many activities under this wing from the inception.  In this Academic Year we have the strength of 565 students and conducted the following activities recently: 

  1. “Corona virus disease (COVID-19)” Awareness Programme has been organized during the end of March 2020 in two phases for all students and Staff of JSS PDA as Preventive measures and to support the Government initiatives to get rid of viral infection.


  1. JSS Dental College and Hospital, Bannimantap, Mysuru has conducted “Dental Camp” on 11th & 13th March 2020 for the First year students of all departments.  Around 200 first year students have been attended the camp and free dental check-up and treatment to students who are in need were provided by the dentists.


  1. Mysore District Health Department has conducted “COVID-Testing Camp from 19-03-21 to 24-03-21 for all the Staff and Students of JSSPDA.  Around 550 were get tested COVID.


  1. Guest Lecture has been organised on “Healthy mind and Healthy Body” by Dr. Bhavana, Arogyasiri Ayurveda, No. 1245, 3rd Cross, Gange Road, near Vidyavardhaka School, Kuvempunagar, Mysore from 12-02-21 to 16-02-21 for all the First semester students of all Programmes. Around 205 students attended this event.


  1. A programme has been organised on “Martial Arts Self-defence Techniques - Demo and Practice” by Sri Umesh K V, Director, Institute of Martial Arts and Yoga, No.17, Parvathi Krupa, 14th Block, JSS Layout, Mysore from 22-02-21 to 01-03-21 for all the students of all the programmes.  Around 560 students were participated in this programme.