National Service Scheme aims at education through community service. It is intended to arouse the social conscience of the student by preparing them to be useful to society.
- To work with and among the people
- To engage in non violent constructive social action.
- To enhance their knowledge of themselves and the community.
- To put their scholarship to practical use in mitigating at least some of the social problems.
- To practice democratic leadership.
Membership: - Membership in N.S.S. is voluntary and is strictly on selective basis. Each student is subject to its discipline and code of behaviour. Every NSS member student attending N.S.S. will be required to put the minimum of time equivalent to 120 hours each academic year including the hours of work put in during the camp da s. Those who complete 240 hours of work in 2 years are eligible for a certificate issued by the University. Application for enrolment will be called for by the Director of the unit at the beginning of each academic year. Membership in N.S.S. and a certificate to that effect from the University will be treated as additional qualification while making recruitments to public services.
National Service Scheme (units 20 & 49) Christ College, Irinjalakuda
With the motto ‘Not me but You’ National Service Scheme volunteers of Christ College, Irinjalakuda are always socially committed. From safeguarding environment to social service, they have become the icon of ideal citizens. Presently there are two nss units in Christ college. Programme officers Dr. Robinson P Ponminiessary and Prof. Shine Paul are giving leadership for NSS activities.
Volunteers find time after their curricular activities to get involved in social work. The thrust areas of nss activities in recent years are
The sravyam project of NSS has already become a model activity. Audio books are prepared under this project for the visually impaired students in and out of the college. The project started in association with Kerala Federation of the Blind Youth Forum (KFBYF, Thirunanthapuram). Over 425 hours of audio materials are available now. Books are now kept for free distribution at sravyam digital audio library which has become a part of college central library. A whatsapp group under the name ‘Sravyam’ is now gaining popularity amoung the visually impaired community. The really inclusive Sravyam whatsapp group broadcasts PSC question papers, opportunities, general knowledge and other useful materials for the visually impaired. A one week camp was organized with collaboration of Insight, trivandrum give enhance the softskill of visually impaired in which 18 visually impaired students took part.
The project Ashwas aims at providing medical help to poor and elderly patients. A lot of medicines are kept unwanted in households. Many people purchase medication and are not completing the full course. Once the patients are recovered from the ailment, medicines become unwanted and are kept stockpiled. This is a menace to young children in the house as they may consume them without the knowledge of parents. Once the medicines are expired they are thrown out creating waste problems. Volunteers of national service scheme, Christ college tackled this problem. They volunteered to collect unexpired medicines from houses. During collection they gave instructions for the proper disposal of expired medicines. The collected medicines were sorted and categorized with the help of a pharmacist. Medicines were then distributed in free medical camps. Under the guidance of a registered doctor and pharmacist the volunteers themselves are given the charge of medicine distribution. The nss unit came up with this new project in December; and within four months (december to march) could conduct two medical camps, one at the special camp site at vazhachal tribal settlement and the other at the adopted colony- chavara colony.
The caring nature project shows the environmental concern of nss volunteers. The project consists of making articles by paper recycling, planting, protecting and conserving native fruit trees, organic farming and creating awareness through street play. Volunteers now make environmental friendly seminar materials like paper pens, paper file folders, paper bags and cloth bags. Only used paper and old cloths are the starting materials. The project is well received by the community and now the brand ‘caring nature’ is established. The poster presentation based on the project was awarded the national level best poster award of 2015 at Rajiv Gandhi National Institute for Youth Development, Chennai. Organic farming is done in college polyhouse by the NSS volunteers and it has also become highly successful.