The National Service Scheme (NSS) is an India government sponsored public service program conducted by the Department of Youth Affairs and Sports of the Government of India. The idea was initiated by Mahatma Gandhi, aimed at developing student's personality and involving students in the task of national service through community service. NSS is a voluntary association of young people in Colleges, Universities and at +2 levels working for a campus-community linkage. 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. 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 thatthe life of the villagers might be raised to a higher material and moral level".
Aims and objectives of National Service Scheme
The aim of National Service Scheme is “Development of the Personality of Students through Community Service”. In order to fulfil the objective, student volunteers and programme functionaries are engaged in constructive and productive programmes involving students in various awareness drives, shramdaan, social reforms, communal harmony, creation of community assets, relief work, environmental protection, literacy programme, health education campaign, etc. Under the scheme, each volunteer contributes 240 hours of community work during a period of two years.
- Dr.SusantaMondal, Assistant Professor in Economics Unit I (From April, 2015)
- Sri. Sujit Kumar Mondal, Assistant Professor in Philosophy Unit II (2012 – till date)
NSS Unit I was introduced in1977-78sessionand the Second Unit has been sanctioned in 2012with the objective of personality development of the students through community service.During the last academic year (2014-2015) two NSS Units are working with 200 volunteers.
Community Service provided by Bolpur College NSS Units
The NSS units of the College actively participated in the following community services:
- Cleaning the college and local environment
- Literacy mission
- Community health programmes
- Welfare of women and childcare
- Seminars, Workshops, Lectures, and Cultural Activities
A neighbouring village of Bolpur town,Muluk, has been adopted by the NSS Unit I. After the adoption of this village, the NSS Unit bonded with the village to give their best to uplift them socially. Right from working for their hygienic awareness to making them economically self-sufficient, our students have changed the outlook of the villagers. We also organise various social and educational awareness programme in collaboration with Bharat SevashramSangha, situated within the village. Not only has the local community benefitted, the students too have experienced the joy that comes from selfless service. In order to bring smiles on the faces of deprived people, students visit the local Old Age Home.
A neighbouring village of Bolpur College, Bondanga, under Ruppur Gram Panchayethas been adopted by the NSS Unit II of the college. They have given their best to uplift them socially. Most of the villagers belong to the tribal community. Right from working for their hygienic awareness to making them economically self-sufficient, our students have increased the awareness of the people in various matter. The purpose of the nutrition programmes is to aware the parents about the health of their child and also of the female members of family which also include proper cooking procedure through demonstration as it helps to frame a healthy society. The aim is to inculcate change of life-style through low-cost nutrition and hygiene awareness among the villagers.
Normal works are carried throughout the year on a regular basis. These include cleaning the college campus and surrounding area, plantation of college campus, organising seminars on various social and educational issues, organising cultural programmes.
During 2011-2012, 2012-2013& 2013-2014, special camps of 7 days each were organized by the two units of the college to undertake various activities. NSS observes different special days, such as World Health Day, World Environment day, World AIDS Day etc.