The overall aim of National Service Scheme as envisaged earlier, is to give an extension dimension to the higher education system and orient the student youth to community service while they are studying in educational
institution. The reason for the formulation of this objective is the general realization that the college and +2 level students have a tendency to get alienated from the village/slum masses which constitute the majority of the population of the country. The educated youth who are expected to take the reins of administration in future are found to be unaware of the problems of the village/slum community and in certain cases are indifferent towards their needs and problems. Therefore, it is necessary to arouse the social conscience of the students, and to provide them an opportunity to work with the people in the villages and slums. It has been felt that the primary aim of the scheme is to enable the students to develop their personality and experience through community service. Its end is the improvement of personality while service to the community is a means through which such improvement is sought to be achieved. The objective of
the scheme, as restated is, therefore, “development of the personality of the students through community service”. This objective is sought to be achieved by enabling the students to;
(i) understand the community in which they work;
(ii) understand themselves in relation to their community;
(iii) identify the needs and problems of the community and involve them
in problem solving process;
(iv) develop among themselves a sense of social and civic responsibility;
(v) utilize their knowledge in finding practical solution to individual and
(vi) develop competence required for group-living and sharing of
(vii) gain skills in mobilizing community participation;
(viii) acquire leadership qualities and democratic attitude;
(ix) develop capacity to meet emergencies and natural disasters and
(x) practice national integration and social harmony.
BASIC CONCEPTS AND COMPONENTS
The National Service Scheme was started to establish a meaningful linkage between the campus and the community. Mahatma Gandhi, the Father of the Nation, had recognized that the country could not progress in a desired direction until the student youth were motivated to work for the upliftment of the villages/community. For Gandhiji the villages, where majority of the population lived, represent the country i.e. India. Therefore, for the national reconstruction and national resurgence it was deemed fit that the students and teachers should be properly sensitized and utilized for strengthening the Indian society as a whole with particular emphasis on rural community.
Therefore, student youth, teachers and the community are considered the three basic components of the National Service Scheme.
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 volunteer. 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 and socially 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 programme and also to ensure 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 co-operative action.
The motto or watchword of the National Service Scheme is ‘NOT ME BUT YOU’. This reflects the essence of democratic living and upholds the need or selfless service and appreciation of the other person’s point of view and also to show consideration for fellow human beings.
The symbol of the National Service Scheme is based on the ‘Rath’ wheel of the Konark Sun Temple situated in Orissa. The giant wheels of the Sun Temple portray the cycle of creation, preservation, release and signify the movement in life across time and space. The design of the symbol, a simplified form of the Sun Chariot wheel, primarily depicts movement. The wheel signifies the progressive cycle of life. It stands for continuity as well as change and implies on the part of the NSS for continuous strivingforward for social transformation and upliftment.
The NSS volunteer, who is a college/+2 level student is the main beneficiary of the programme by way of development of his/her perception about the community, his/ her skills to perform certain jobs, and develop quality of a leader, organizer and an administrator and development of his/her personality as a whole. Through NSS, he/ _she gets opportunities
to see the community closely and thus gets an experience of human nature in relation to his/her environment. This is how the NSS programme aims to make NSS student youth better citizens through “Development of their Personality through Community Service”.
NSS at IPC, Pezhakkappilly
Our college created a NSS units , under NSS Technical Cell Kerala with 50 volunteers, Every year 50 volunteers can be enrolled and they contribute the nation building activities thereby benefiting themselves in the process of personality development through social service. The NSS activities of our college are coordinated by Programme Officer;
Mr. Saeed Shamily K S and Asst. Programme Officers Mr. Arun M. C. and Mrs. Mumtas Younus.
Saeed Shamily K S
NSS Programme Officer
Ilahia Polytechnic College, Pezhakkappilly