History of NSS
On September 24, 1969, which is the Gandhi Centenary year, the NSS or the National Service Scheme programme was launched by the Union Education Minister, D.V.K.R.V. Rao with the aim of establishing a meaningful linkage between the campus and the community. Based on the idea of Mahatma Gandhi that the country could not move in the desired direction unless the students were motivated in work for the upliftment of the community, the NSS today has developed into a country wide programme which cares for the building up of a nation through the combined participation of students and teachers in social service. Having as its motto “NOT ME BUT YOU” the NSS aims at making education more relevant to the practical needs of the day; encouraging students to work together to promote social welfare; emphasizing dignity of labour and self help and encouraging youth to participate enthusiastically in the process of national development and promote national integration.
NSS Unit of the College
The Goenka College of Commerce & B.A. NSS unit began somewhat late in 2008, but it had since then encouraged the students who had enthusiastically enrolled themselves in the programme. On 21st February, 2009 the first seminar of the NSS was held as an awarness programme. The seminar lecture was delivered by Mr. T.K. Panda of Narendrapur Ramkrishna Mission Lokshiksa Parishad on “The Role of NSS in the Social Development” The seminar was attended and applauded by both students and teachers alike.
Currently Sri Asim Paul (Department of Commerce) is thew teacher-in-charge of the unit and also the Programme Officer. The college unit has been organising programmes regularly, with the dual objective of nurturing social awareness among the student community and promoting societal development. The activities conducted are grouped under two subheads:
- General Programmes – Mandatory activities, like, campaigns, blood donation camps, planting saplings have been clubbed under this category.
- Special Programmes – Keeping in view the various developmental issues, special camps are organised to promote the spirit of community service among the students.
Apart from participation in regular blood donation camps, campus cleaning programmes,TB Seal Sale Campaign, celebration of Communal Harmony Week, occasionally the Students’ Union of the institution along with the NSS unit organise Donation Drives for charitable purposes. The student community offer cash and used clothes which are later bestowed either to a targeted marginalised community or to an organisation to benefit a cause.
- In February 2012, clothes collected from students, school stationery (exercise books, pencils, erasers), biscuits, chocolates were distributed among the children of Sabar community of Manbazar- II and Bandwan blocks of Purulia district, West Bengal.
- In January 2013, blankets were distributed to the same Sabar community.
- In August 2015, clothes and cash, worth Rs. 20,000 was donated to the Relief Fund of Bharat Sevashram Sangha.
- A huge stock of donated woollen garments is waiting to be distributed in this winter.
In 2016, the NSS Unit of the college conducted an Anti-AIDS Campaign on 23rd August. Dr. Swapan Kumar Jana of Calcutta National Medical College acted as the Chief Guest and delivered a valuable lecture. All stakeholders of the college participated enthusiastically in the programme.
Furthermore from February 2016, the members of the NSS unit have been visiting a slum in the neighbourhood of the college. A health awareness programme was organised on August, 2016 at 6, Tarak Pramanik Road, Ward No. 25, Kolkata 700006 among the slum dwellers to aware them about certain preventive measures to avoid the recent dengue outbreak in the city. Honourable Member of the Legislative Assembly, Smt. Smita Bakshi made a visit to encourage the participants. Dr. P.Ghoshal from Pashchim Banga Samaj Seva Samity shared basic knowledge about health and hygiene among the residents.
The advisory committee of the NSS unit together with the members of the Students’ Union and the slum representatives have planned to organise the following activities in this academic session:
- The students will arrange a Children’s Day celebration in the slum on 14th November, 2016.
- For this programme a Donation Drive for collecting school stationeries from the students will be organised immediately after the institution opens on……..
- The private tutorial centre in the slum run by Sima Sahoo, the only resident Graduate lady, will be provided with exercise books (extra unused pages collected from students, sized and pinned) regularly. This will be officially announced to the slum dwellers on November 14th, 2016.
- The residents demanded frequent healthcare initiatives to the student representatives who organised the health awareness camp in August, 2016. The NSS unit has planned to arrange a monthly free medical camp in the slum in the first Saturday of every month. For this purpose the NSS unit will be seeking assistance from the local NGO, Pashchim Banga Samaj Seva Samity and All West Bengal Sales Representatives’ Union. Its essential to mention the willingness, enthusiasm and active co-operation extended by Mrs. Smita Bakshi, Member of the Legislative Assembly, Government of West Bengal. A comprehensive approach will be designed and implemented where curative care along with health promotion and prevention will be given equal emphasis.