The National Service Scheme (NSS) is a community service programme with the objective of building social consciousness in students. NSS provides an opportunity to students in the capacityof volunteers to venture out of their comfort zones and make a difference to society. Inspired by this philosophy, the curriculum of the NSS chapter of Lady Shri Ram College, which was set up in 1968, comprises of a gamut of events and activities undertaken by volunteers who have channelized their creativity and spirit of volunteerism to bring about meaningful change.
Apart from being a part of activities launched by Delhi University NSS, we at LSR have undertaken numerous projects that focus on a broad spectrum of issues in different social spheres which include education for underprivileged children, caring for the elderly, intervention techniques for the differently-abled and intellectually challenged, working with animal shelters and health centers associated with patients suffering from AIDS and Cancers of various kinds. Every year more than 700 volunteers work ceaselessly and engage in various issues of social concern.
The NSS programme endeavors to sensitize the students to various social issues through discussion, debate, talks, seminars, workshops, music, awareness campaigns, street theatre and confluences. We at NSS-LSR have had the honour of hosting eminent personalities including, among others, politician and retired police officer Ms. Kiran Bedi, social activist Dr. Suman Aggarwal, and cyber-security expert Mr. Rakshit Tandon. Apart from this, we have worked closely with renowned organisations such as Teach for India and have collaborated on disaster mitigation programmes with JNU.
The annual NSS Diwali Mela is awaited eagerly by all students and is dedicated to a different social cause each year. The Mela serves as a platform for various NGOs and female entrepreneurs to showcase their products and is a day full of cultural performances, competitions, food and shopping.
President : Veerangna Kohli
Project Coordinator : Isha Gupta
Financial Secretary : Urvashi Nanda
Cultural Secretary : Anannya Singhal
Organisation Head : Shreya Singh
Core Team Supervisor : Aishani Agrawal
Editor-in-Chief : Shivani Raturi
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The highlight of this year was ‘Creative Rehabilitation And Reformation Programme 2016-17’ conceptualized for female inmates of the Tihar Jail. 20 LSR volunteers and over 25 female inmates participated in this project. This project aims to rehabilitate female inmates by providing them with a creative outlet through theatre and meditative dance workshops and by imparting skills and marketing the products crafted by them in the mainstream market. This not only generates an income for the participating inmates, but also sensitises the masses about importance of criminal reformation. Finally, in December, the female inmates of Jail No. 6 were engaged in performing and creative arts such as theatre and flow art, vocational skills including paper craft, diary making, and stitching (under the guidance of NSSLSR project Basta: Waste to Worth).
In keeping with the tradition, NSS LSR hosted a massive and successful Diwali Mela in the month of October. ‘Noor’ as the name suggests, aimed at bringing light and happiness to everyone who NSS LSR can reach out too. Our respected chief guests, Ms. Dakshita Das, (Joint Secretary for Ministry of Roads) and Mr. Shailendra Singh (Chairperson of the South Delhi Municipal Corporation) graced the mela and officially inaugurated the mela, marking the beginning of Noor. Children from various NGOs associated with NSS LSR, such as Tamana, Adhyayn, Koshish, CDP, Indradhanush, Udyan Care, DCWA and Shanti Sahyog, had come to be a part of the mela. LSR’s own entrepreneurial venture, Basta: Waste to Worth, put up a stall at Noor and made profits worth Rs. 10,000, the proceeds of which were given as income for rural women from Zamrudpur village. Overall, the children who visited from different NGOs and the other people who visited Noor went back with a smile and the volunteers too returned home with a sense of accomplishment and joy. Noor embodied all that NSS-LSR wished to bring in this Diwali: Light, Happiness and Hope.
Another landmark event was Nexus 2017, the annual academic youth convention of NSS-LSR. This year Nexus started a dialogue on the role of Civil Society. Students across Colleges participated in various events held to discuss issues like UN Sustainable Development Goals, Child Rights, Women’s Reproductive Health and Corporate Social Responsibility. This year street wall art was also undertaken in which children from the NGOs’ such as Adhyayan, DCWA, Adharshila and Tamana visited the College and demonstrated their creative skills by helping the artists complete the mural. After two days of intense debating, brainstorming, and learning, Nexus 2017, the annual academic convention of the National Service Scheme came to a close with the closing ceremony- ‘Valedictory Insights’. The closing ceremony took place in the esteemed presence of the Chief Guest, Madam Durga Shakti Nagpal (IAS Officer) and the Guest of Honour, Madam Amrita Banerjee (IFS Officer and alumnae of LSR). The Nexus movie was presented showing the journey of NSS thus far and the prenexus preparation events and the fun-filled activities which happened on both the days of the convention. Prizes were distributed to the winners of the competitive events by the Chief Guest and the Guest of Honour.
Other highlights of the year were celebration of the yoga day, observance of the Swachhta Pakhwara week in which volunteers created awareness on the need to keep the College premises clean and also keep adopted village Zamrudpur clean. Through the year workshops were held on various issues like disaster management, gender sensitization, going cashless and on ‘women and health’ by Goonj, among others. A Voter’s oath day was observed to raise consciousness about youth’s role as voters in a democracy and Water oath day to raise consciousness about the importance of judicial use of resourses, especially water. 2nd April is universally celebrated as the World Autism Day and to commemorate the same, NSSLSR hosted an ‘Autism Awareness Week’ in college from 3rd April to 7th April. Tamana, Muskaan and Four Steps, the special needs projects associated with NSS-LSR took the lead and conceptualized the week. On 6th April, an open mic Slam Poetry event was held in the common room. The theme of the event was ‘Mental Health’. Students flocked in to attend the event and a lot of them performed as well.