National Social Service [ NSS]
Origin 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 a final dedication in the service of those who provided the sinews of the nation with the national goods & services so essential to society. He advised 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 University Grants Commission headed by Dr. Radhakrishnan recommended introduction of national service in the academic institutions on a voluntary basis with a view to develop 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.
Objectives of NSS:
The main objectives of National Service Scheme (NSS) are:
- Understand the community in which they work
- Understand themselves in relation to their community
- Identify the needs and problems of the community and involve them in problem-solving
- Develop among them a sense of social and civic responsibility
- Utilise their knowledge in finding practical solutions to individual and community problems
- Develop competence required for group-living and sharing of responsibilities
- Gain skills in mobilising community participation
- Acquire leadership qualities and democratic attitudes
- Develop capacity to meet emergencies and natural disasters and
- Practise national integration and social harmony
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 develop appreciation to other person point of view and also show consideration to other living beings.
The philosophy of the NSS is well doctrined in this motto, which lies on the belief that the welfare of an individual is ultimately dependent on the welfare of the society on the whole and therefore, the NSS volunteers shall strive for the well-being of the society.
NSS in S.I.V.E.T. College
National Service Scheme, one of the three dimensions of the Higher Education, aims to promote a meaningful and sustained rapport between the college/university and the community. The ultimate objective of the scheme is therefore, development of the personality of students through community service.
In that way, N.S.S. has been playing an important role in the college extension activities. The inception of the unit in the college dates back to the year 1970.It was started by the late principal Prof.K.Srinivasan. The NSS coordinators who have paved the way for the smooth running of the activities and functioning till date are Prof.R.S.Mehanathan, Lecturer S.G. and Head in Mathematics and Prof.K.P.Rajendran Lecturer S.G. and Head in Zoology. After a successive spell of 10 years a lacunae got created. It was bridged by Dr.R.Saravanan, Associate professor in Corporate Secretary ship. His sincere efforts have fetched a good name for the unit both at the university and society level. The increase in the strength of the college and the conversion into a coeducational institution led to the birth of another two units. The three units were looked after by Dr.T.Balasaravanan, at present the Head of the Department of Economics and girls unit by Tmt.R.Supriya, Assistant professor in English. The functional predicaments had many coordinators such as Dr.G.Ravindran and Dr.V.ManjunathaRao for the additional units. Now, the college is proud to have three units with Dr.T.Balasaravanan, Head of the Department of Economics, Dr.V. Manjunatha Rao, Associate Professor in Commerce and Dr. M.Balasubramanian, Head of the Department of Chemistry. A Plethora of programmes are being done during the special Camps.
The Management has always supported and encouraged the service motivated activities of our College. The credit goes to the NSS units of our College who have rendered remarkable service to the society in the years that have gone by. The students are involved in regular campus cleaning. In association with the Lions club of Madras Metropolitan South and General Hospital, Chromepet, our NSS volunteers have adopted Sembakkam and Pammal Villages.
Some of the activities of NSS are as follows: (1) Health Check, (2) Traffic Regulation Work, (3) Road Laying, (4) Temple Renovation work, (5) Drug Abuse Awareness and Aids Prevention, (6) Pollution Control, (7) Weed cleaning, (8) Sanitation, (9) Leadership Training and (10) Tree Plantation. The NSS also conducts Blood Donation camps in hands with the NCC and YRC. Special camps are held every year at nearby villages to conduct programmes like tank cleaning, temple cleaning and literacy campaigns. The NSS students involve themselves in the assembly, state local body elections.