HISTORY & GROWTH OF NSS
In India, the idea of involving students in the task of national service dates back to the times of Mahatma Gandhi, the father of the nation. The central theme which he tried to impress upon his student audience time and again was that they should always keep before them, their social responsibility. The first duty of the students should be, not to treat their period of study as one of the opportunities for indulgence in intellectual luxury, but for preparing themselves for final dedication in the service of those who provided the sinews of the nation with the national goods & services so essential to society. Advising them to form a living contact with the community in whose midst their institution is located, he suggested that instead of undertaking academic research about economic and social disability, the students should do “something positive so that the life of the villagers might be raised to a higher material and moral level”.
The post-independence era was marked by an urge for introducing social service for students, both as a measure of educational reform and as a means to improve the quality of educated manpower. The University Grants Commission headed by Dr. Radhakrishnan recommended introduction of national service in the academic institutions on a voluntary basis with a view to developing healthy contacts between the students and teachers on the one hand and establishing a constructive linkage between the campus and the community on the other hand.
On September 24, 1969, the then Union Education Minister Dr. V.K.R.V. Rao, launched the NSS programme in 37 universities covering all States and simultaneously requested the Chief Ministers of States for their cooperation and help. It was appropriate that the programme was started during the Gandhi Centenary Year as it was Gandhiji who inspired the Indian youth to participate in the movement for Indian independence and the social uplift of the downtrodden masses of our nation. The cardinal principle of the programme is that it is organised by the students themselves and both students and teachers through their combined participation in social service, get a sense of involvement in the tasks of national development.
Community service rendered by university level students has covered several aspects like adoption of villages for intensive development work, carrying out the medico-social surveys, setting up of medical centres, programmes of mass immunization, sanitation drives, adult education programmes for the weaker sections of the community, blood donation, helping patients in hospitals, helping inmates of orphanages and the physically handicapped etc. NSS volunteers did commendable relief work during natural calamities/emergencies such as cyclones, floods, famine, earthquake, etc. From time to time all over the country. The NSS students have also done useful work in organising campaigns for eradication of social evils, and popularization of the nationally accepted objectives like nationalism, democracy, secularism, social harmony and development of scientific temper.
For the National reconstruction and National resurgence it was deemed fit that the students and teachers should be properly sensitised and utilised for strengthening the Indian society as a whole with particular emphasis on rural community. The student youth, teachers and the community are considered as the three basic components of the NSS.
National Service Scheme – MOTTO
The Motto of NSS ‘Not Me But You’ reflects the essence of democratic living and upholds the need for self-less service. NSS helps the students to develop appreciation to other person’s point of view and also show consideration to other living beings. The philosophy of the NSS is well doctrine in this motto, which under lines on the belief that welfare of an individual is ultimately dependence on the welfare of the society on the whole and therefore the NSS volunteer shall strive for the well-being of the society.
National Service Scheme – LOGO
The logo for the NSS has been based on the giant Rath Wheel of the world famous Konark Sun Temple situated in Orissa, India. The wheel portrays the cycle of creation, preservation, and release and signifies the movement in life across time and space. The symbol thus stands for continuity as well as change and implies the continuous striving of NSS for social change. The red colour indicates that the volunteer is full of young blood that is lively, active, energetic and full of high spirit. The navy blue colour indicates the cosmos of which the NSS is tiny part, ready to contribute its share for welfare of the mankind.
IMPORTANT DAYS CELEBRATION
- January 1-7 Road Safety Week
- January 12 National Youth Day (Birthday of Swami Vivekananda)
- January 25 National Voter’s Day
- January 26 Republic Day
- January 30 Anti-terrorism Day
- March 8 International Women’s Day
- April 7 World Health Day
- May 21 Anti-terrorism Day
- May 31 World No Tobacco Day
- June 5 World Environment Day
- June 26 International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking
- July 8-14 International Literacy Week
- July 11 World Population Day
- August 1-7 World Breast Feeding Week
- August 15 Independence Day
- August 20 Sadbhavana Diwas
- September 5 Teachers’ Day
- September 8 International Literacy Day
- September 15 International Peace Day
- September 24 NSS Day
- October 1 National Blood Donation Day
- October 2 Gandhi Jayanthi/Communal Harmony Day
- October 11 World Sight Day
- November 19 National Integration Day
- December 1 World AIDS Day
- December 7 Armed Forces Flag Day
- December 10 World Human Rights Day
NSS is a very active corps of students at GCCBA-50, Chandigarh. It runs through two units; one comprising of Boys and other that of Girls. Both the units are full to their maximum capacity (137 Boys & 129 Girls).
NSS units of our college excel in extending campus to community work. Girls & Boys’ units of NSS act as unifying link among students across the departments in the college under the leadership of the respective programme officers Dr Bikramjit Kaur, Dept. of Commerce and Dr. Manoj Kumar Head of the Department of Business Administration.
NSS organizes exciting activities all the year round for personality building of students through social work. There are several specialized student interest groups to cater to more focused interest. A group of likeminded volunteers with strong interest in various fields results in excellent performance at Local, Regional, State and National level. It not only stands for social upliftment, environmental awareness and enrichment but also join hands with nation for providing help to the people at the time of need and natural calamities.
Numerous regular activities have been conducted during 2016 inside and outside college campus and in adopted slum i.e., Slum area workers colony at sector -50, Chandigarh near GCCBA-50, Chandigarh.
Achievements & Participation
National Level Participation :
- Bikramjit Kaur and Mr. Yogesh Kumar Attended the 7day Training Programme as NSS Programme Officers from Chandigarh.
- Participation of 05 NSS volunteers (3 Boys & 2 Girls) in NSS Adventure Camp held at Hatkoi, Shimla during September 10-19, 2015.
- Participation of 02 NSS Girl volunteers in National Integration Camp held at Shri Annadaneshwar Pre. University College Naregal, District-Gadag, Karnataka on 23th Dec 2015- 29thdec 2015.
- Dr. Manoj Kumar Head of the Department of Business Administration attended the 7day Training Programme as NSS Programme Officers from Chandigarh.
- Participation of 02 NSS Girl and 02 NSS Boys volunteers in National Integration Camp held at Jaipur in May, 2016.
- Participation of 02 NSS volunteers (1 Boy & 1 Girl) in NSS Adventure Camp held at Manali, Himachal Pradesh during October 21-30, 2016.
State Level Participation :
Volunteers participated at State level programme such as
- Student project was given by Ministry of FOOD and SUPPLIES, New Delhi, India for catering the detailed information of the households so that through Direct Benefit Transfer Scheme of Transfering money direct in accounts of households to buy Foodgrains from Government centres on monthly basis be done and the study material and detailed information was also given for the benefit of this DBT scheme.
- Student project was given by the State Liaison Officer (NSS), Chandigarh Administration, Chandigarh for collecting the information from households for Central Skill Development Programme and also providing the study material & detailed information for doing the skill development programme.
- Student project was given by the State Liaison Officer (NSS), Chandigarh Administration, Chandigarh for collecting the information from households for leprosy cases in September, 2016.
- Student project was given by the State Liaison Officer (NSS), Chandigarh Administration, Chandigarh for collecting the information from households for disability cases in September, 2016.
- Student project was given by the State Liaison Officer (NSS), Chandigarh Administration, Chandigarh for collecting the information from households for polio cases in October, 2016.
Local Participation :
Series of programme such as Awareness on burning issues, Rallies, Marathons, Plantation, Street plays, Blood donation camp, Eye check up camp, Medical camp, Talk on Eye care, Sapnon ko chali chchune for empowering girl students, Seminar on Women Empowerment, Celebrating Birth anniversaries of great persons, Painting competition, Extempore competition, Essay writing competition, Mock Parliament, Slogan Writing, cultural activities, Flute Vadak through SPIC MACAY, Traffic rules awareness, Humane eating campaign etc., are being organized in the college campus along with various activities in the adopted slum.
Slum Area workers Colony, Sector-50, Chandigarh has been adopted by NSS wings of the college for upliftment of the slum by various ongoing regular activities. Cleanliness, sanitation, Child education, safe drinking water, environment friendly living, health awareness, early marriage issues, care for pregnant women, population control, sex abuse, No to drugs & alcohol, healthy food habits and various other programmes have been taken as indicating parameters both as action component and awareness activities. Positive growth in all the parameters are observed with time.
Chandigarh – A smart city Project by Gagandeep Singh of B.Com III, GCCBA-50, Chandigarh in 2015.