National Service Scheme (NSS) is a noble academic extension programme envisioned at national level, with a view to bring our academic institutions closer to the society. It is an educational programme for personality development of the students through community service. The basic concept of National Service Scheme is to give an extended dimension to the Higher Education system and orient the students to community service while they are studying in an educational institution. This is to create social consciousness among students, by establishing a meaningful linkage between the campus and the community, especially the rural community. The cardinal principle of the programme is that it is organised by the students themselves and both students and teachers through their combined participation in social service, get a sense of involvement in the task of national development.
Vision and Mission
Understand the community in which they work.
Understand themselves in relation to their community.
Identify the needs and problems of the community and involve them in problem-solving.
Develop among themselves a sense of social and civic responsibility.
Utilise their knowledge in finding practical solutions to individual and community problems.
Develop competence required for group-living and sharing of responsibilities.
Gain skills in mobilising community participation.
Acquire leadership qualities and democratic attitudes.
Develop capacity to meet emergencies and natural disasters.
A project started by Christ College (Autonomous), Irinjalakuda, to provide e books or audio books to the visually challenged students. It was started in May 2015. The NSS units of Christ College and the youth forum of the Kerala federation of blind (KBF) started the group under the initiative of former NSS Programme officer of the College, Dr. Robinson P Ponminisserry. Various books including academic books, short stories, novels etc. were recorded and given to the visually challenged students for their alternate use inside Kerala.
The project Pen Drive was started on 24th September 2019 with an aim of reducing plastic pens in the campus by reusing and refilling the used pens. Students can deposit their old pens in the basket placed in the College portico or baskets placed in their classes rather than throwing it into the soil. Most of the collected pen are reused and the remaining are used to make craft materials like pen stand, boats, curtains etc. or will be recycled.
Caring for Nature
This project aims at protecting the environment and nature through various activities. The project includes making grow bags from used flexes, dolls and carpets from used clothes, paper bags and paper pens using used paper and decorative items using waste plastic.
Each year the NSS Units of Christ College conduct an All-Kerala Intercollege competition ‘Pratibha’ for NSS Volunteers. Volunteers from different colleges participate in this event. This programme has been conducted continuously for the past 25 years.
Second Saturday of December every year is celebrated as the Alumni meet of all the old NSS volunteers and NSS Programme Officers - NOVA (NSS Old Volunteers Association).