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NSS

Motto

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 involve them more intimately in the development programmes 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.

While undertaking these activities, each NSS Unit should envisage its programmes/activities aiming 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.

Adoption of villages

Literacy/Educational Programme.

Environment/Waster land development and conservation.

Blood donation camps.

Awareness camps on drug Abuse/AIDS( UTA)/HIV.

Work in Hospitals/Orphanages/ Destitute Homes.

National Integration/Communal Harmony Programmes.

Activities during emergencies such as flood, war earthquake, Tsunami etc.

Celebration of important days.

Plastics eradication

Body and eye donationawarenss Programmes

Tree plantation

FLAGSHIP PROGRAMMES

Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan

Swachhta hi Seva

Poshan Maah

Environment awareness programme

Anti-Drug Campaign

Energy Conservation Programme

Anti-Ragging Programme

First aid training programme

Skill development

Fit India Campaign

Ek Bharat Shrestha Bharat

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

Ms. Pallvi Rani & Dr. Purnima Bhandari
Assistant Professor in Commerce | Assistant Professor in Botany

Achievements of NSS units of MCM DAV College

The NSS Units of the College have been working consistently towards the cause of welfare of society by contributing to Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, Swachhata Pakhwada, PoshanMaah, Ek Bharat Shreshtha Bharat (EBSB) and doing praiseworthy work in rural areas during Swachh Bharat Summer Internship- 2.0. Further, with an aim to address the development challenges in the rural areas, NSS volunteers collaborated with the Unnat Bharat Abhiyan (UBA) team of the College and undertook various initiatives for accelerating sustainable growth in the nearby villages. With the field experiences, our volunteers have learnt how to lead a life of dignity with a positive mind set and contribute to the growth of the nation. The activities carried out in the session 2019-20 have served as an eye opener for the young NSS volunteers about the contemporary problems that our country is facing today. The door-to-door visits, the real encounter with situations in the rural areas and fieldwork has given a sense of responsibility to everyone involved in this project, which will surely stay with them forever. For instance, vermicomposting, plantation drives, generating awareness about waste segregation, installation of blue and green dustbins, cleaning of campus and surroundings, sensitization programs on sanitation, hygiene and cleanliness on and off campus were done by the NSS volunteers,. The enthusiasm with which our volunteers put their heart into the NSS initiatives is bound to become a movement in itself in the times to come. The activities undertaken by the NSS volunteers in the year 2019-20 helped them to equip themselves with an insight, sensitivity and close understanding of the problems that are faced by people at the grass root level. Our volunteers have been participating in various awareness and sensitization programs on hygiene and Swachhata not only in the adopted Village Badheri under NSS but also in the adopted Villages under UBA: Attawa, Badheri, Buterla, Maloya and Kajheri. The enthusiastic participation by our volunteers in various programs such as “Swachh Bharat Summer Internship 2019- 2.0” “Swachhata Pakhwada”, “Swachhata hi Seva”, “PoshanMaah”, and “Ek Bharat Shreshtha Bharat” (EBSB) are some of the endeavours in the direction of nation building. Apart from this, following activities have been undertaken by the NSS Units of the College in session 2019-20:

Prachi Gupta and Tamanna participated in State level Adventure Camp held at AtalBihariMountaneering Institute, Manali in June, 2018

‘Plastic Free Zone’ and ‘Discontinuation of one-time plastic use’ rally was organized on 20 September 2019 in Village Badheri. People were made aware about the harmful effects of using plastic. The volunteers also presented a NukkadNaatak on theme of plastic free environment and Swachhata.

On 30 September 2019, the reports of ‘Swachhata Pakhwada’ and ‘Swachh Bharat Summer Internship 2.0’ were unveiled in presence of Dr.Dalip Kumar, Additional State Project Director of RUSA, Dr.Nisha Bhargava, Principal, Mehr Chand Mahajan College for Women, Chandigarh.

In order to celebrate the shared culture, values and traditions of our country, various initiatives were taken as a part of Ek Bharat Shrestha Bharat programme of the Government of India. This included film screening to create awareness regarding the tradition of Dadra and Nagar Haveli, face painting competition and Lavni and Garba Dance Fusion in order to celebrate the vibrant cultural heritage of our country which binds us together. Various activities were undertaken to create awareness regarding COVID-19 and a compilation of inspiring self-composed poems were shared to spread the message of our united endeavours to fight the pandemic.

During Seven Day/Night Camp, 25-31 December 2019, multifarious interactive wide-range sessions, workshops, demonstrations and lectures were organized in order to educate the volunteers about certain social, physical, psychological and political phenomena.

As a part of the “Fit India Campaign”, the NSS units in collaboration with the Department of Physical Education of the College organized a yoga awakening session on 18 January 2020. Around 100 students of the college including NSS volunteers participated in the programme, which was headed by Dr. Anju Lata, Dr.Veena Rani, Ms. Jasvin Kaur and Ms. Monarita and coordinated by NSS programme officer Dr. Purnima Bhandari.

The NSS units in collaboration with the Red Ribbon Club organised several activities including AIDS Awareness Rally, lecture and Poster making competition with an aim to create awareness regarding AIDS and HIV. A blood Donation Camp was also planned but it stands postponed due to the advisory issued regarding lockdown due to COVID-19.

On 22 March 2020, 17 NSS Volunteers along with teaching and non-teaching staff of the college supported the ‘Janta Curfew’ and took an initiative to generate an awareness regarding COVID-19 through an educational video which was shot by NSS volunteers, at their respective locations and then edited, and shared with masses using different social networking platforms. In addition, volunteers exhibited the correct way of washing hands in the video to the masses to keep the disease at bay.

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:

Prachi Gupta and Tamanna participated in State level Adventure Camp held at AtalBihariMountaneering Institute, Manali in June, 2018

SwachtaPakhwara (1 to 15 August 2018): While observing this endeavour of SwachhataPakhwada, the NSS volunteers took part in plantation drives, rallies, painting competitions, interactive lectures on composting to make Swachh Bharat a mass movement. They worked in the local villages around Chandigarh to raise awareness regarding Swachhata.

Satvikaa Singh and Nikita Bharti participated in State Level Water Adventure Camp in September held at Pong Dam, Dharamshala (H.P) 12-21 SEPTEMBER 2018)

Priya Dhiman and Nandini participated in State level Adventure camp held at Dharamshala in October 2018 (28 October – 6 November 2018)

While observing Swachta Hi Sewa (22 & 30 September & 2 October-2018), Our volunteers painted a college wall which made to reflect the theme of cleanliness and its importance towards nation building by 10 NSS volunteers along with the 5 students of Fine Arts Department of MCM DAV College under the supervision of Dr. Pooja Sharma, Head of the Department of Fine Arts The painting has been placed in one of the corridor walls of the academic block of the college. As directed by the State Liaoson office, the cleanliness drive was conducted in the dispensary and aanganwadi of our adopted village Badheri.

PoshanMaah (September 2018): To provide information to women regarding the importance of nutrition for good health and a better living, 50 NSS Volunteers along with two faculty members visited the adopted village Badheri on 1st September, 2018. (ii). In the month of September, under the PoshanAbhiyan, two flash mobs were organized in Sector 17 to raise awareness about the malnutrition challenges and sensitize our countrymen regarding the importance of holistic nutrition. As per the directions from NSS State Office, September 2018 was to be observed as ‘PoshanMaah’ i.e. ‘Nutrition Month’ and from 22nd September to 1stOctober ,‘Swachhata Hi Sewa’ activities were to be undertaken. Sensing the interlinkage of both nutrition and cleanliness, MCM NSS volunteers undertook various activities throughout the month. Two flash mobs were organized by the NSS Unit of the College to promote the ongoing Theme of ‘PoshanMaah’ on 27th September 2018 where 50 NSS Volunteers participated and another one was held on 30th September 2018 where 70 NSS Volunteers performed at the Sector 17 Plaza. (iii) 25 NSS volunteers and 2 Faculty members attended a State-level workshop on ‘PoshanAbhiyan’ which was organized by the Department of Social Welfare in convergence with the Line Departments as part of the ‘RashtriyaPoshanMaah’ celebration at PGI, Chandigarh on 28th September 2018.

More than 80 volunteers participated in Malaria Awareness Drivesfrom 15 to 24 September 2018with UT Health Department. Malaria and dengue awareness drive was organized in association with the Malaria wing of the Health Department of Chandigarh for four days, i.e. September 17, 2018, September 19, 2018, September 22, 2018 and October 9, 2018. This drive was conducted to raise awareness against the vector-borne diseases amongst the citizens of sectors-37 and 41, Chandigarh. More than 100 volunteers participated in this cause under the able guidance of their programme officers “Dr.Namita Bhandhari and Ms.Manjot Kaur” and with the help of Malaria Wing officials of the Health Department.

Rural Manifesto: A session by Mr. Varun Gandhi: With the aim of encouraging discussion on the problems ailing the rural economy, deliberating upon the solutions to those problems and dedicating allegiance to the cause of rural development, the College hosted ‘Unveiling and Dedication Ceremony’. LokSabha MP Feroze Varun Gandhi graced the ceremony as the Chief Guest, who felicitated the NSS volunteer Satvikaa Singh who won State Award for Best Intern during Swachh Bharat Summer Internship 2018. The special “Award of Appreciation” was given away to Dr.Namita Bhandari and Ms.Manjot Kaur, both the Nodal officers of SBSI 2018 for their contribution in SBSI-2018. The Sarpanches of different villages where MCM NSS volunteers undertook Swachh Bharat Summer Internship 2018 were also felicitated during the ceremony.

Nikita Bharti got selected and participated in 70th Republic Day Prade- 2019 at New Delhi.

110 NSS volunteers got registered and have ben participating in Saarthi Project which is a joint initiative by the Chandigarh Red Cross Society and NSS Cell, Chandigarh.

Organized Seven Day/Night NSS Camp in December 2018: A 7-day and night NSS camp on the theme of Swachhata began at MCM DAV College for Women here today. More than 100 volunteers and 10 staff members registered for this camp
20 NSS volunteers of MCM DAV participated in one day orientation program to conduct audit, make Chandigarh a better place for the differently-abled, held at the GMCH in Chandigarh’s Sector 32, on 20th February. Later the audit was carried out from February 22 to 26 by 20 NSS volunteers under the guidance of Dr.Namita Bhandhari and the final reports were submitted on February 28.

Dr.Namita Bhandhari and Ms.Manjot Kaur, both the Program officers, got trained through the Seven Day Training Orientation Course held at E.T./IDC, Chandigarh

The NSS units in collaboration with RED RIBBON CLUB (RRC) of MCM DAV organized a special Lecture on HIV/AIDS, conducted Slogan Writing and Poster Making competitions and piloted door to door visits and awareness rally too.

Special lecture organised on/off campus

In the month of September, various awareness lectures based on health, hygiene and wellness were organized under PoshanMaah at Village Badheri, Kajheri and Attawa. In addition, a team comprising Dr.Sunaina Bansal (gynaecologist) and Dr.Nirmal (paediatrician) from Cloudnine Hospital, Chandigarh, conducted free counselling and consulting sessions. The villagers benefited greatly from the free counselling and consulting sessions. Furthermore, a lecture was delivered by the resource person Dr.Harjot Kaur, Assistant Professor, Mehr Chand Mahajan DAV College for Women on PoshanMaah to spread the message of the importance of nutritious diet.

● On 14 November 2019, a special lecture was delivered by Dr. Purnima Bhandari, Assistant Professor, Mehr Chand Mahajan DAV College for Women, Chandigarh on composting technique where she demonstrated how daily kitchen waste could be recycled for preparing nutrient rich manure that can be used for growing organic produce.

On 20 January 2020, live broadcast of a video-conference ‘ParikshapeCharcha 2020’ by Honourable Prime Minister of India Shri Narendra Modi was organized. He delivered a pep talk on ‘Pariksha, Positivity and Perspective’ for students from across the country and the Indian diaspora worldwide.

On 1st August 2018, an informative lecture “Swachhata and Sustainable Development”was delivered by Dr.Suman Mor, from Department of Environmental Studies and Coordinator, Centre for Public Health, Panjab University, Chandigarh.

Lecture on ‘Solutions for Social Problems’ by social entrepreneur Mr.Varun Kashyap, Co-founder, Lets Endorse on 11 August 2018.

NSS UNITS of MCM DAV in collaboration with Fortis Hospital, Mohali organised a special lecture on Health and Nutrition at Badheri. The session was conducted by Dr. Sonia Gandhi from Fortis Hospital, Mohali.

Organized a demonstration on eye screening procedure wherein Dr.Sujata Dwivedi, Ophthalmologist, Indira Holiday Home along with NGO Saksham trained volunteers in the said process on 21 October 2018. The 150 trained volunteers visited Government schools of the villages in Chandigarh and conducted the eye screening there.

12 NSS volunteers attended a lecture on Organ Donation organised by Government Medical College, Sector-32, Chandigarh on 11 October 2018.

Walkathon: NDTV-FORTIS “More To Give” campaign: MCM DAV supports organ donation and more than 30 NSS volunteers of MCM came forward to support the cause of organ donation by participating in the Walkathon on 25 November 2018.

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.

NOT ME BUT YOU!

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