NSS

NATIONAL SERVICE SCHEME (NSS)

The National Service Scheme (NSS) was introduced in the stream of higher education in the year 1969-70, the birth centenary year of Mahatma Gandhi. The main aim of NSS is to provide opportunities to the students to acquire valuable practical experience through service to the society. It changes the temperament of students towards humanity, helps them achieve all kinds of development including leadership qualities. Eligible NSS volunteers are entitled to get 5% grace marks for further studies.

The primary objective of NSS is Personality development through community service. Community activities such as construction of village roads, sanitary works, imparting education on health, communicable diseases, agriculture, pest and plant diseases etc. are taken up by the NSS volunteers. There are two NSS units in the college. Membership is open to all boys and girls students. Dr. Abdul Jaleel V. and Binu Mole P. Kuriakose are programme officers.

History

After independence the University Grants Commission, headed by S. Radhakrishnan, recommended the introduction of voluntary national service in academic institutions. This idea was again considered by the Central Advisory Board of Education (CABE) at its meeting in January, 1950; after examining the idea and the experiences of other countries in this field, the board recommended that students and teachers should devote time to voluntary manual work. In the draft first Five-Year Plan adopted by the government in 1952, the need for social and labour service by Indian students for one year was stressed. In 1958 Jawaharlal Nehru, in a letter to the chief ministers, considered the idea of social service as a prerequisite for graduation. He directed the Ministry of Education to formulate a suitable scheme for the introduction of national service into academic institutions.