National Service Scheme popularly known as NSS, 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. The National Service Scheme was launched in Gandhi Centenary Year, 1969 and aimed at developing student’s personality through community service.
The NSS Unit of our college has 100 volunteers for the current academic year and serves the community under the guidance of Asst. Prof. Sampada Mavalankar, NSS Programme Officer and Asst. Prof. Ruta Bhosale, NSS Committee Member.
As per the discussion with advisory committee around 86 regular activities with 7 days special residential camp were planned and executed effectively in the current academic year. After two years of Covid-19 pandemic situation, the NSS volunteers served the community in true sense and participated at different levels.
Under the theme of Environment & Enrichment, activities such as Plastic Waste Awareness Rally, 8 Plastic Waste Collection Drives, Plastic Waste Management Session by Mrs. Rashmi Joshi, Environment Consultant, Eco-Bricks Making etc were conducted in the vicinity area to create an awareness regarding the plastic waste and its ill effects on the environment. With these under Swaccha Bharat Abhiyan various Cleanliness Drives were conducted at various public spots like Chirma Devi Waterfall Area, TMC Ground, Gaimukh Khadi etc. Around 5000 paper bags were made and distributed by the volunteers in the vicinity area.
An Awareness Rally for Save Soil and Session on Organic Fertilizer by Mrs. Rashmi Joshi, Environment Consultant was organized on the occasion of World Soil Day. Also, Street Plays were performed on the theme of Ozone Layer Protection and Plastic Waste by volunteers in the college campus.
The volunteers extended a support for the Entrepreneurship Skills of Tribal Women of Seva Vivek NGO, Palghar District by selling around 650 Eco-Friendly & Sustainable Bamboo Rakhis and 60 different bamboo products.
This year NSS volunteers helped the Police Officers on Ganpati Visarjan Day at Gaimukh Visarjan Ghat and also collected around 78 kgs of nirmalya on the Anant Chaturdashi and processed it in the vermi-composting pit of the college.
Under the theme of Health & Hygiene, volunteers actively participated in Pulse Polio Drive and immunized around 1500 children of 5 years of age. Also volunteers helped the government officials of Anand Nagar Health Care Centre in the arrangements of the Run for Leprosy and also participated in the marathon to create awareness for the disease like leprosy. To make students aware about the AIDS disease poster making competition was organized by the NSS Unit.