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 : Reeya Rao
Project Coordinator : Malvika Verma
Financial Secretary : Mitali Dua
Cultural Secretary : Saumya Porwal S
Staff advisors : Ms. Tripti Bassi, Dr. Jonaki Ghosh
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NSS volunteers remained active through the year and organized and participated in a host of activities ranging from those mandated by the University of Delhi(DU) to inter-college events organized by LSR-NSS and intra-college events held in conjunction with other societies and Departments within LSR. In addition, training workshops were also organized. The DU Mandated events included theMatdaata Mahotsav held from January 14-17, 2016 which included a Graffiti Competition and a Slogan Writing Competition on the topic- “Role and Participation of Women and Youth in Democracy” and the celebration ofSwami Vivekananda’s Birth Anniversary on January 12, 2016 which included a quiz and thescreening of the documentary, Vivekananda by Vivekananda at the NSS, DU Centre. In addition, to mark the 153rd birth anniversary of SardarVallabhbhai Patel, the Rashtriya Ekta Diwas was observed from October 29 – 31, 2015. The focus was on issues related to National Integration and National Identity and included a rangoli competition, a debate on the topic- “National Integration and Harmony: Role of the Youth‟ and an article writing competition on topics such as “Contributing factors to National Unity”, “Identity and National Identity”, “Unity in diversity” and “Role of festivals in promoting peace and harmony”.
NSS took the lead in celebrating International Yoga Day on June 21, 2015 in college by organizing an inspirational talk on Yoga by Mr. Rakesh Tiwari and a yoga workshop for all the students and staff members of LSR. OnAugust 6, 2015, NSS, LSR organized a talk on Cyber Security by the internationally renowned speaker, Mr. Rakshit Tandon, an Indian Computer Security Expert who has addressed major cyber security conferences, including those of the United Nations. A first of its kind slam poetry workshop, which explored the fascinating world of the spoken word and how it can be woven into children's stories was organized on 25 August, 2015. The session was conducted by the Teach for India Fellows and attended by NSS volunteers.
In the month of September, NSS focused on spreading awareness about the importance of cleanliness.The NSS Day celebrations on 24 September, 2015 included activities such as “The Clean Campus Drive‟- where the NSS volunteers cleaned the entire college campus and a Slogan Writing competition and Street Play on Cleanliness and Dengue awareness. Prior to these celebrations NSS conducted a cleanliness drive keeping in mind the call for a Swachha Bharat from the 8th to the 12th of September across the entire campus.
As a part of the US based non-profit 1M1B: A Million for A Billion and Indian partner Connecting Dreams Foundation internship programme, three NSS volunteers from LSR, who conceptualized a rural entrepreneurship model by the name “Basta: Waste to Worth” were selected to present their idea in the United Nations New York Headquarters at the ‘Change the World’ Young Entrepreneurs Programme on 11th October, 2015. The NSS team competed with teams from USA, Spain, Caribbean and India. Now, they are building an LSR team to cater to rural areas and slum dwellings of India.
The Annual Diwali Mela, titled Noor this year was held on 31st October, 2015 in the college premises. Ms. Nita Chowdhary, an alumna and a civil servant was the chief-guest on the occasion. Other than the vibrancy of the stalls put up by NGOs and student entrepreneurs, there were dance performances by students of LSR and children from Child Development Programme.
The second Anuual NSS inter-college Seminar NEXUS was held on 16 April, 2016 on the theme ‘Changing Contours of Education in India’. A plethora of events were organised such as ‘Edu-notion Genesis’, Mandal Commission, ‘Initiate’, ‘Nazariya’ and ‘Prachayi’ and witnessed massive participation.
The Annual Day which traditionally has been the closing event of every session for NSS was held on 19 April, 2016 and included several performances of dance and slam poetry by the kids from NSS’ teaching projects and also an AV message from the old of Aashirwaad.
An important initiative this year was the attempt by NSS to collaborate with other groups and societies in the College while organizing events. NSS in collaboration with the Office of International Programmes, hosted Lynchburg College, USA. The representatives introduced the volunteers to several courses such as Non-Profit Leadership Studies among others. NSS in collaboration with Reach, the college organisation that empowers the differently-abled students, hosted the: ‘Test the Taste’event during LSR‟s annual Cultural Fest, Tarang‟16. A newspaper collection drive was organised in collaboration with Prakriti, the environment society, and the collected papers were recycled and turned into new notebooks to be distributed among the students of NGOs associated with NSS. A Gender Sensitization Workshop was organized in collaboration with the Women’s Development Cell, LSRfor the children of the Child Development Programme and Indradhanush project. The children were engaged in various exercises over a couple of weeks and core problems of gender-based discrimination were gradually discussed.
Last but not the least two training workshops were organised. The Ideation toAction Convention held on19th September, 2015 andorganized by the NGO Connecting Dreams Foundation saw participation from over 15 colleges across Delhi University, including SRCC, Hansraj, Sri Venkateswara and SSCBS. The aim of this convention was to equip the volunteers associated with the project with the skills required to work in a rural setting as well as come up with innovative and sustainable solutions to existing problems in village communities.
At the Volunteer- Training Session held on 14 October 2015, NSS again collaborated with Teach for India to train volunteers for addressing classroom efficiency and mechanisms to make learning a fun-filled experience for the children of the various projects.