The motto of NSS is ‘NOT ME BUT YOU’. This expresses the essence of democratic living, upholds the need for selfless service and appreciation of the other man’s point of view and underlines that the welfare of the individual is ultimately dependent on the welfare of society as a whole. Therefore, it should be the aim of the NSS to demonstrate this motto in its day-to-day programmes.
AIMS of NSS Programmes/Activities
The operational aim of NSS is to integrate the three basic components of the programme. NSS programme should provide a variety of learning experiences which must develop a sense of participation, service and achievement among the volunteers. The activities should aim at the following:-
(i) Making education more relevant to the present situation to meet the felt needs of the community and supplement the education of the university/college students by bringing them face to face with the rural situation.
(ii) Providing opportunities to the students to play their role in planning and executing development projects which would not only help in creating durable community assets in rural areas and urban slums but also results in the improvement of quality of life of the economically weaker sections of the community.
(iii) Encouraging students and non – students to work together along with the adults in rural areas.
(iv) Developing qualities of leadership by discovering the latent potential among the campers, both students as well as local youth (Rural and Urban), with a view to involving them more intimately in the development programme and also ensuring proper maintenance of the assets created during the camps.
(v) Emphasizing dignity of labour and self – help and the need for combining physical work with intellectual pursuits.
(vi) Encouraging youth to participate enthusiastically in the process of national development and promote national integration through corporate living and cooperative action.
(vii) While undertaking these activities, each NSS unit should envisage its programmes/activities aimed at instilling discipline, building character, promotion of physical fitness and development of culture.
Regular Activities of National Service Scheme
Regular activities includes functional literacy and non formal education, plantation, reservation and up keeping of trees, construction and repair of roads, cleaning of village ponds and wells, construction and laying of parks, healtheducation and primary health care, first aid awareness, blood donation, anti drug addictiondrives, AIDS awareness, advocating advanced agricultural practice, disaster management, women empowerment, road safety, socio-economicsurveys, improvement of campus etc.
Who can Enroll ?
As soon as the student secures admission for her studies for the given courses in the college she is eligible to enroll her self in NSS as a volunteer.Generally the enrollment is done between July and August of every academic year. A student who wants to join NSS must fill her enrollment form which will be available in the college in the last week of July.The notice for the same will be put up on student notice boards in the last week of July. Enrollment is on first-come-first-serve basis.
Duration of Volunteership
Students selected as NSS volunteers are expected to working the scheme for a period of two years continuously and render community service for at least 120 hours in a year and also participate is special camping programmes of 7 days duration.
NSS at Mehr Chand Mahajan DAV College for Women
No. of Units : 2 (200 volunteers)
No. of Programme Officers : 2
Adopted Village : Badheri, U.T. Chandigarh
NSS PROGRAMME OFFICERS
Dr. Namita Bhandari & Dr.Manjot Kaur
Assistant Professor in Commerce | Assistant Professor in English
Achievements of NSS units of MCM DAV College
The concept of National Service Scheme is started in the year 1969 to build sense of social responsibility through teacher and students involvement in constructive service with the motto of “Not Me But You”. NSS volunteers working rural areas, adopted villages and school to the serving the cause of society through survey,education and health awareness programme. NSS volunteers can be contributors as well as beneficiaries of these initiatives. The programme design of NSS needs to constantly evolve to reflect the priorities of the Government and the nation. thenss units work on development of the society by improving lifestyles, as well as promoting sustainability.
Through our activities we focus on identifying existing problems and come up with ‘What can I do’ and ‘What can we do’ level solutions so that everyone can implement them and contribute their bit to the society. We try to make sure that our services to the community find their destination. To some extent we achieved this by employing different ways to reduce wastage, waste segregation and menstural hygiene and creating awareness for the same. Apart from this, our volunteers were trained through special lectures specifically on Vermicompsting, Ecoenzymes and mushroom cultivation and the information was spread with the help of our 200 volunteers not only in our adopted village but in nine different villages of Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh during Swachh Bharat Summer Internship 2018. 27 student volunteers from MCM DAV got registered and completed their summer internship in June 2018 in the selected villages namely: Kishangarh, Dhanas and Kaimbwala of Chandigarh (U.T.), Balongi of Mohali, Seenk of Haryana, Haripura of Rajasthan, AthanBagh of Uttarakhand, and Ghaneiewala of Punjab. It is a matter of pride that our student Satvikaa Singh and Vaishali got First position at the State level and got Rs. 51, 000 cash award, awarded by MHRD.
MCM is the only institution from Chandigarh to have figured in the Swachh Campus Ranking 2018 of MHRD, Government of India and the the award came as recognition of MCM’s commitment to the cause of “Swachhata” which is reflected in the slew of initiatives undertaken by it aiming at the acceleration of the pace of realization of objectives of the “Swachh Bharat Abhiyan”, Biogas Plant, vermicomposting, tree plantation drives, generating awareness about waste segregation, installation of blue and green dustbins within the campus, the active participation of NSS volunteers in “SwachhataPakhwada”, “Sawachata hi Seva”, “PoshanMaah” and most importantly “Swachh Bharat Summer Internship 2018” are some of its endeavours in this direction.
In recognition of its exemplary work in the field of community service and youth development, the NSS units of the College for Women was awarded the Best Unit Award 2018-19 by Department of NSS, Punjab University during its annual function. As a testament of the supremacy of MCM, the college figured as the winner of this award out of 140 colleges of the region affiliated to PU. Principal Dr.Nisha Bhargava, and NSS Programme Officers Dr.Namita Bhandari and Dr.Manjot Josan, received the award on behalf of the college. MCM NSS volunteer Satvikaa Singh who was awarded state prize in 2018 by MHRD for Swachh Bharat Summer Internship was also felicitated during the function. The college’s NSS unit has been working consistently towards the cause of society by contributing to Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan, SwachhataPakhwada, PoshanMaah, Saarthi Project and doing praiseworthy work in rural areas during Swachh Bharat Summer Internship.
Apart from this, our volunteers have been participating in various awareness and sensitization programs on sanitation, hygiene and Swachhta in the adopted village, Badheri and conducted various Malaria Awareness Drives with the help of UT Health Department not only in the adopted village but in nearby sectors of the college as well. Moreover, 110 NSS volunteers have been actively participating in Saarthi Project which is a joint initiative by the Chandigarh Red Cross Society and NSS Cell, Chandigarh. The volunteer support and offer all kinds of help, guidance and support to the needy patients and their attendants visiting the new OPD Block of the PGI.
We at MCM DAV have been trying to follow and nurture the ideology of NSS in a manner that ensures meaningful participation of all stakeholders. The principles on which NSS as an organization is built, has inherent characters in line with the cause of nation building through service. The activities done by the NSS volunteers in 2018-19 helped them to equip themselves with an insight, sensitivity and close understanding of the problems that are faced at the grass root level. With the field experiences, our volunteers have learnt how to lead a life of dignity with positive mind set and contribute to the growth of Nation by one or the other way. The enthusiasm which our volunteers put their heart into the NSS initiatives, this learning experience is bound to become a movement in itself in the times to come. This learning experience can become way bigger if only we give it a chance to become big. The enthusiastic participation by our volunteers in various programs such as “Swachh Bharat Summer Internship-2018” “SwachhataPakhwada”, “Swachhata hi Seva”, “PoshanMaah”, and “Project SAARTHI” are some of the endeavours in the direction of nation building. The activities carried out in session 2018-19 have served as an eye opener for the young NSS volunteers about the contemporary problems that our country is facing. The door to door visits, the real encounter with situation in the rural areas and fieldwork has given a sense responsibility to each and everyone involved in this project, which surely will stay with us forever. For instance, vermicomposting, plantation drives, blood donation camp, generating awareness about waste segregation, installation of blue and green dustbins, cleaning of campus and surroundings by NSS volunteers, sensitization programs on sanitation, hygiene and cleanliness in the adopted village Badheri.
Apart from this following activities have been done by NSS units of MCM DAV in last two quarters of 2018:
Special lecture organised on/off campus
The session 2018-19 ended on a high note of feeling of service for humanity. Keeping the present day environmental challenges in view peopleare sensitized towards environment, traditions and human values. The moderate, re-use, re-cycle slogan remains a mere rhetoric in a world that generates approximately 450 million tonnes of waste annually. Under the dusk of these endevours, the participation of our volunteers and the villagers especially the gram panchayat and their representatives, aganwadiworkers, was highly commendable. With the heaping concern of the on the large quantity of the waste being produced both in the form of solid and liquid waste, the concept of waste management has become one of the key focus of sustainable development principles which is further based on policies and practices.The work and activities done by our volunteers exposed them to various aspects of community services and helped them to understand how to engage the community in such social outreach programs. During the field work in the villages of Chandigarh, we learnt about the behaviour of villagers and ways to enhance awareness in the rural area. Interactive sessions, rather than monotonous lectures or demonstrations, helped us to transform their minds and actions towards cleanliness drives. Our students were given a crucial responsibility of changing particularly the minds of women and the illiterate class of the society who are unable to break the shackles of orthodox/traditional mind-sets and superstitions. By this endeavour, our own students have learnt the important aspects of Swacchata more precisely about personal and social cleanliness and hygiene. Overall, the field work and training of our volunteers turn out as a great success to make people aware of healing practices through counselling and discussions.