NSS

The National Service Scheme is functioning under the Ministry of Human Resource Development. The overall objective of the scheme is to serve the community while undergoing instruction in an educational institution. The objective of the scheme now is the development of the personality of the students through involvement in community services.

The first unit of the NSS was started in 1972 in this college. Now there are three units with more than five hundred volunteers. Members are selected on the basis of their aptitude. Admission is open to I DC and II DC students only. The duration of the programme is two years. In order to become eligible for the NSS certificate the volunteers have to put in 240 hours of regular activities and attend a ten day work camp. Membership in the NSS carries a weightage of fifteen marks for admission to degree classes and five marks for admission to PG courses. The NSS units of our college are engaged in social awareness and cultural programmes. They have won the University Prize for outstanding Social Service in 1996. The N.S.S. unit of the college won the award for the best N.S.S. unit for 1998-99 and Dr. P.D. George was selected as the best Programme Officer in the state. A Nature Club and a Nirmithi Centre are functioning in the campus under the auspices of the NSS. Our college unit won the award for the best unit, in the M.G. University during 2000-2001.

Activities of NSS in the academic year 2010 – 11
The National Service Scheme (Unit No. KL.05-043) of the College with its strength of 402 volunteers launched into action early this academic year. Regular activities were organized in the college campus; the partner village, Uzhavoor and the partner institutions viz. (1) Govt. L.P. School, Pala South , (2) Girls Town Orphanage, Kozhuvanal and (3) Govt. L.P. School, Kadanad. A twenty one member Advisory Committee was constituted to plan, execute, evaluate, document and report the activities of National Service Scheme for the academic year 2010-11.

The N.S.S. Unit displayed posters and booklets in the college notice board and public places on 26 June 2010 to impart awareness on the impact of narcotics as part of anti-drug campaign. A one-day work camp was organized in the college to clean the campus on 26 June 2010. As part of the observance of Vana Mahothsav week during 1 – 7 July 2010, saplings were planted in and around the campus. A seminar on literacy was conducted on 14 July 2010 as part of the observance of International Literacy Week.

The unit observed world population day on 11 July 2010. Orientation programmes for new volunteers were organized on 17th July and 6th August 2010. Sri. J. A. Chacko, Ex. M.L.A., inaugurated the programme. Sadbhavana Divas was observed on 19 August 2010 and volunteers took the pledge to promote national integration. A seminar on impact of Alcohol, Pan Masala, Tobacco and Drugs was organized on 20 September 2010. N.S.S. day was celebrated on 24 September 2010 in which Dr. K. Sabukuttan, former programme co-coordinator of N.S.S.., MG University, delivered the N.S.S. message.

Dr. Prakash, Programme Co-coordinator, M.G. University, inaugurated the open air drama “Swapnangal Asthamichittilla”. A seminar on Disaster Management and First Aid was organized on 4 December 2010 as part of community Health Volunteers Training Programme. Sri. K. M. Mani M.L.A. inaugurated the programme. Dr. M.L. Jimmy led the classes. A survey on the road users of Pala was organized in association with RUSS on 24 November 2010. As part of the observance of road safety week celebrations, a seminar on road safety was organized on 6 January 2011. A legal awareness programme was organized on 12 January 2011. The Creative Forum of NSS was inaugurated on 22 September 2010. As part of the observance of Neerthada Divas, a seminar was organized on 1 February 2011. Red Ribbon Club and Voluntary Blood Donation Forum were inaugurated on 3 October 2010. Around 143 volunteers donated blood during this academic year. As part of the Home for the Homeless Poor project of N.S.S. a sum of Rs. 24, 200/- was collected and handed over to Sri. Akhil Babu S. on 25 January 2011. The manuscript magazine Aksharam was released on 17 March 2011.

The N.S.S. unit observed World Environment Day at Govt. L.P. School, Kadanad by collecting plastic waste and planting saplings on 5 June 2010. Uniform cloths were distributed to the students of Govt. L.P. School, Pala. A seminar on literacy was organized at Govt. L.P. School Pala on 8 September 2010. Another seminar on dental care and distribution of free samples of tooth brushes and toothpaste to the students of Govt. L.P. School , Kadanad was organized on November 2010. A dental treatment and dental health training camp was organized in association with I.D.A. Central Kerala unit and the Colgate group at Girls Town Orphanage, Kozhuvanal, on 15 February 2011.

A survey on waste management was organized at Banglamkunnu Colony, Kadanad on 18 December 2010. The N.S.S unit cleaned the civil station premises and planted seedlings on 24 July 2010. Seedlings and flower plants were planted in the vicinages of Pala- Ettumannoor Road on 25 July 2010 to provide greenery and shade. Sri. Mons Joseph M.L.A. inaugurated the programme.

As part of the observance of World AIDS Day 2010, the N.S.S. unit organized a rally on 1 December 2010. “Arjathy” camp was organized for mentally retarded and differently abled during 26 to 31 December 2010. As part of Mentally Disabled Week observance, a rally was organized from Pala to Maria Sadanam Rehabilitation Centre at Mundankal on 13 October 2010. “Nadee Vandanam” was organized at the Meenachil river banks near the college on 2 February 2011. Sri. P.C. George M.L.A. inaugurated the programme.

Seven- day special camping programme

            A seven-day special camp was organzed at Our Lady of Lourdes (O.L.L.) High School Hall, Uzhavoor, during 20-26 August 2010. It was inaugurated by Sri. E.J. Lukose Ex-MLA. Sri. Samuel Chellaih, Youth Officer, Govt. of India, delivered the camp message. Dr. K.K. Jose, Principal, presided over the function.

Prof. K.M. Chacko and Sri. Reji Thomas engaged the classes. The N.S.S. volunteers carried out the maintenance work of two rural roads, cleaned a play ground, made waste pits for dumping waste by students of O.L.L. High School and cleaned the drainages of Uzhavoor town. They also conducted classes, discussions and cultural programmes.

The programmes were organized by Akhil Das, Akhilnath K.S. and Ronin C. Kurian, volunteer secretaries, under the direction of the programme officers of the N.S.S. unit, Prof. Thankachan Augustine (Dept. of Mathematics), Dr. Sunny Mathew (Dept. of Physics) and Prof. Paul V. Karanathanam (Dept. of Botany),

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A twenty-member Advisory Committee was constituted to plan, execute, evaluate, document and report the activities of National Service Scheme for the academic Year 2009 - 2010. The NSS Unit distributed pants and shirts to the inmates (190 nos.) of Anandabhavan Boy's Town Orphanage, Pala on 21 June 2009. Sri. Jose K. Mani M.P inaugurated the programme. Monsoon cleaning programme was conducted in the campus on 27 June 2009. Uniform cloths were distributed to the students (Std. I & Ill) of Govt. L.P School, Kadayam, Pala on 30 June 2009. Uniform cloths were also distributed to the students (Std. I & Ill) of Govt. L.P School, Kadanad, on I July 2009.

A seminar on World Literacy was conducted as part of observance of World Literacy Week on 7 July 2009. Dr. V.V Georgekutty delivered the key note address. As part of observance of World Population Day, a seminar on Population was organized on 13 July 2009. Dr. Sabu De Mathew inaugurated the programme. Orientation programme for new volunteers were organized on 25 July and 7 August 2009.

As part of observance of Hiroshima Day, a Peace Rally was conducted on 6 August 2009.

A seven-day Special Camping Programme was conducted at Mattathipara from 27 August to 2 September 2009. Sri. P.C. George M.LA inaugurated the camp. The NSS volunteers carried out maintenance work of Mattathipara - Karimkunnam road, constructed vegetable garden, cleaned a check dam, helped in constructing two houses, cleaned school premises Anti-Ragging Awareness Programme for first year degree students was conducted on 15 September 2009. Adv. Mathai Muthukadan engaged a session on 'Ragging and its Legal Consequences’.

The Creative Forum of N.S.S. was inaugurated by Dr. Gem Mathew on 24 September 2009. N.S.S. Day celebrations inaugurated by Smt. Mini Savio on 24 September. One-day Work Camp was arranged at Govt. L.P School, Arunapuram, Pala or September 2009.

Observance of 'Nadee Dinam' & 'Nadee Vandanam', organized in association with All Kerala River Protection Council (AKRPC) and Meenachil River Protection Council on 3 October 2009. Sri. Mullakkara Ratnakaran, Honorable Minister Agriculture, Govt. of Kerala, inaugurated the programme. Sri. P.J. Joseph, Honourable Minister for Public Works, inaugural

seminar at a function presided over by Sri. K.M. Mani M.LA K.K. Jose, Principal; Prof. S. Ramachandran, Convener, Meenachil River Protection Council; Rev. Sr. Rose Vypana; Sri. K.M. Sulaim and Sri. Joy Muthukattil spoke on the occasion.

Legal Awareness Programme for II year Degree students was
inaugurated by Smt. M. Sulekha, Hon. District & Sessions Judge M.A.C.T., Pala at a function presided over by Dr. K.K. Jose, Principal on 7 October 20 I O. Adv. K.P Sathyarathnakum
(Family Laws), Adv. Joby Thomas (Criminal Laws) and Adv. K Krishnankutty Nair (Other Laws) led the legal sessions. Paddy cultivation was carried out at Padinjattinkara on 9 October 2010. Sri. Joy Chandy Kunnath, Member, Grama Panchayath, Mutholy

inaugurated the programme. Sri. P.M. Joseph Purakattu, Fr. Ignatius Naduvilekutt. Sri. Bose Joseph, Agriculture Office Mutholy and Sri. George Kavukattu provided the necessary
guidance.
As part observance of Integrated Cleaning Day by Pala
Municipality, the NSS Unit cleaned road banks and Municipal Bus Terminal on 10 October 2009. Blood group detection and preparation of VBD Forum was carried out on 16 October 2009 in association with the Biotechnology Department and Blood Donation Forum of the college.

Silent Valley Silver Jubilee Film Show & Photo Exhibition was held on 30 October 2009. Eye testing of Bus/Auto/Taxi drivers in association with RTO Office, Pala & Little Flower Hospital, Angamaly as part of observance of 'Road Safety Week' was held
on 24 November 2009. The concluding programme was organized in the College Auditorium on 7 December 2009 in association with R.T.O. Office, Pala and the N.C.C. unit of the College.

As part of the observance of World AIDS Day on 1 December, 19 Volunteers donated blood at Blood Bank Kottayam. Inauguration of the street play - "Bhoomiyile Rajakkanmar" at St. Mary's auditorium, Pala was held on 17 December 2009. The unit also organized a seminar on Human Organ Transplantation in association with Kerala State Legal Services Authority, Kizhathadiyoor Service Co-operative Bank and Rotary Club, Pala on 22 January 20I0. More books were given to the library set up at Girls Town, Kozhuvanal in addition to cloths to inmates, on 6 March 2010.

These activities helped to bring the students closer to the community at large, thereby to attain the qualities of self confidence, entrepreneurship, perseverance, initiation and

skills like planning, decision making, evaluation and communication. The programmes were executed under the leadership of Prof. Jose Mathew (Dept. of English), Prof. Thankachan Augustine (Dept. of Mathematics) and Dr. Sunny Mathew (Dept. of Physics)' the Programme Officers.
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