Bringing younger generation in close contact with the community

The younger generation in general and the students' community in particular must get ready to shoulder the responsibility of further development of the nation. This is possible only when they are in close contact with the society around them and are adequately trained. Dr. P. K. R. V. Rao, the Minister for Education, Government of India, during the Indira Gandhi-led government, established National Service Scheme at the national level on 24-09-1969 to mark the birth centenary year of Mahatma Gandhiji to provide such an opportunity.

National Service Scheme is a scheme sponsored by the Government of India, financed both by the centre and state governments, implemented by the colleges through the universities and directorates. The scheme was introduced in this college during the academic year 1973-74.

It is a common experience of the lovers of education, educationalists and administrators that all society's challenges cannot be addressed effectively only through traditional education. The close interaction of the students with the community is essential to motivate them to uphold the social values and understand the general public's everyday problems and difficulties at the village level. The scheme is answerable to many issues of the educational field. It is possible to find solutions to many issues of society through the scheme.

Students have got maximum intelligence, enormous energy and prowess with a desire to work for society. This scheme aims to channelise the students' valuable energy and hidden talent so that they are engaged in constructive work.

NSS develops service mentality, discipline, leadership qualities, professional dignity, cooperation, fraternity, secularism, unity and integrity, responsibility, and personality development. Students learn by self-experience. Altogether N.S.S. means "Education through Service and Service through Education."

NSS provides a suitable environment to unfurl the hidden talent on the one hand and identify and correct the students' mistakes on the other hand. The agitation in the field of education is only because of a lack of information and guidance.

NSS has two-pronged objectives. First, all-round development of personality of the students to make them wakeful citizens and thus it is an academic activity. Secondly, all-round development of the society through service and hence it is a service activity. We find effective development of individuals as well as community through the scheme.

Our NSS Unit

The college has an NSS with a permitted strength of 100 volunteers. Presently, Prof. B. I. Karalatti is serving as programme officer of this unit. The scheme's activities start with selecting volunteers through the selection process at the beginning of each academic year. The volunteers are informed about the aims and objectives and brief history of the scheme.

Our NSS Unit has undertaken several projects like repair of roads, cleaning slums, repairing the playground, plantation and watering, and sanitation through regular activities weekly on every Sunday for 30 days each academic year.

Our unit celebrates all national festivals in their real spirit to make know students their importance. Eminent personalities are invited to deliver lectures on topics of current interest and issues of national importance. Thus, the students' knowledge is updated regularly.

Special Annual Camps

Our NSS Unit has organizes 10-day annual special camps in adopted villages with a different motto like youths for a healthy society, youths for water management and conservation every year. Selected 50 volunteers, local youths and two staff members, including a programme officer, take in the camp. All most all local NGOs, social organisations like Rotary Club, Lions Club, Indian Medical Association, Bar Association etc. and officers of the Government departments like Assistant Commissioner, Tahasildar, Agriculture officers, Chief Officer of Town Municipal Council, Administrative Officer of Taluka Panchayat, Police Officers, Assistant Conservator of Forest, Range Forest Officer etc. and Officers from Semi-Government departments, Private Medical Practitioners, Leaders of Political parties and local dignitaries, Bank officers are invited to the camps to share their views, plans, projects and facilities available with the villagers and campers.

Our volunteers carry out several physical projects such as constructing new roads, repairing old roads, repairing playgrounds in the school campus, plantation, and sanitation in the adopted village during camping. Free health checks up and treatment camp for villagers and animals are arranged during camping.

In addition to physical projects, our volunteers undertake other projects like a survey of illiteracy, a study of economic standards, etc. Lectures on topics of burning issues, government projects, schemes, etc. are arranged to benefit villagers and volunteers. A platform is provided to the budding artists to exhibit their hidden inbuilt talent for the public's entertainment during the camp period.

In all, the unit undertakes the following programmes through its regular activities and annual special camps.

  • Protection and development of environment.
  • Health and family welfare programmes.
  • Literacy, Cultural and Adventurous activities.
  • Adoption of villages for all round development.
  • Survey of literacy, social and economic status of villagers.
  • Plantation and watering.
  • Construction of roads, playgrounds.
  • Women empowerment programmes.
  • Protection of old monuments.
  • Participation of volunteers in leadership camps at University and other levels.