History of formation of National Service Scheme by Mahatma Gandhi
In India, the idea of involving students in the task of national service dates back to the times of Mahatma Gandhi, the father of the nation. The central theme which he tried to impress upon his student audience time and again, was that they should always
keep before them, their social responsibility. The first duty of the students should be, not to treat their period of study as one of the opportunities for indulgence in intellectual luxury, but for
preparing themselves for final dedication in the service of those who provided the sinews of the nation with the national goods & services so essential to society. Advising them to form a living contact with the community in whose midst their institution is located, he suggested that instead of undertaking academic research about economic and social disability, the students should do “something positive so that the life of the villagers might be raised to a higher material and moral level”.
The idea was again considered by the Central Advisory Board of Education (CABE) at its meeting held in January, 1950. After examining the various aspects of the matter and in the light of experience of other countries in this field, the Board recommended that students should devote some time to manual work on a voluntary basis and that the teachers should also associate with them in such work. In the draft First Five year Plan adopted by the Government of India in 1952, the need for social and labour service for students for one year was further stressed. Consequent upon this, labour and social service camps, camp[us work projects, village apprenticeship scheme etc. , were put into operation by various educational institutions. In 1958, the then Prime Minister Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru in his letter to the Chief Ministers, mooted the idea of having social service as a prerequisite for graduation. He further directed the Ministry of Education to formulate a suitable scheme for introduction of national service into the academic institutions.
History of formation of National Service Scheme in Dr. Padiar Memorial Homoeopathic Medical college
…In the year 1997…
It started as a small unit and initially its activities were limited to minor works like campus cleaning, owing to the lack of basic facilities in the college. Though started in 1997 its full fledged activities began only about 1998. The effective working of the unit was praised by all and contributed very much for the progress of the college. The unit has enhanced the fame of Homoeopathic system of medicine. It made the people more aware about the effectiveness of Homoeopathic medicine and mode of treatment……
…our works …
· Free medical camps in all wards of Chottanikkara panchayath in association with Mathrubhumi
· Preventive camp- against typhoid with the help of cochin TD.
· Chikungunya preventive program-conducted awareness classes, medical advices, treatment and preventive camps with a team of doctors, house surgeons and NSS volunteers. provide preventive medicines for 70000 people through 35 medical camps.
· One lakh doses of preventive medicine for typhoid were distributed.
· Homoeopathic pharmacy garden introduced in the campus.
· 50 Homoeopathic medicinal plants were cultivated in the pharmacy garden
· Garden with 200 pots had been developed in college campus.
· Blood donation forum-voluntary blood donation camps contucted.
· Seminars-on polio prevention by Dr.J Harikrishnapillai
· Medical update file- volunteers compiled articles on medical science and made it a file.
· Repairing of college road- volunteers took up the task of repairing the 200m long college road on 4th Jan 1999
· Emergency aid kit-developed by the unit and donated to the deportment of Anatomy to be used in dissection hall in case of emergency
· KARGIL FUND- Unit initiated fund collection and handed over it to Indian Express cochin.
· Medical-Aid unit- conducted in connection with the three days state level Karshika Mela at Chottanikkara
· Cultivation of vegetables- Agricultural department , Govt of Kerala has sanctioned the cultivation of vegetables in college campus, named “SAMRUDHI”
· Vegetables harvested in “SAMRUDHI” were donated to the “Sneha Dhara”- a program of giving free food to the inpatients in college hospital.
· Jan 26th – Indian republic day celebrating in our college with the flag hoisting and volunteers saluting the flag.
· World No Tobacco Day 31st May- awareness programs conducting every year.
· World Environment Day 5th June- planting 100 new trees and protecting the old ones and conducting seminars, competitions on poster designing, elocution etc.
· 3 waste baskets donated to campus by NSS
· Aug 15th – Independence Day celebrating in our college with the flag hoisting and volunteers saluting the flag.
· International Peace Day 15th September- remembered with posters
· NSS Day 24th September- volunteers attend seminars, conduct awareness programs.
· National Blood Donation Day 1st October-conduct blood donation camps and awareness programs.
· Dec 1st – Aids Day observed and conduct awareness programs and rallys
· Shake hands with HIV +ve- positive speaking by an HIV +ve
· Regular medical camp in association with Rajatharekha senior citizens association on all Sundays at Eroor for 12 years.
· Three day inter collegiate camp- “Sakshara keralam-arogya keralam” inaugurated by Sreelekha IPS.
· Save a meal program- collected a fund for the 100th NSS Bhavan for poor family with participation of all students of college by avoiding lunch.
· Established a public library at Tiruvamkulam
· Five volunteers participated at National Integration camp at Delhi
· Distributed “Onam Kit” for 25 poor families of Chottanikkara village on Onam celebration
The symbol of the National Service Scheme, as appearing on the cover page of this Manual is based on the ‘Rath’ wheel of the Konark Sun Temple situated in Orissa. These giant wheels of the Sun Temple portray the cycle of creation, preservation and release, and signify the movement in life across time and space. The design of the symbol, a simplified form of the Sun-chariot wheel primarily depicts movement. The wheel signifies the progressive cycle of life. It stands for continuity as well as change and implies the continuous striving of NSS for social transformation and upliftment.
The NSS symbol is embossed on the NSS badge. The NSS volunteers wear it while undertaking any programme of community service. The Konark wheel in the symbol has eight bars which represent the 24 hours of the day. Hence, the badge reminds the wearer to be in readiness for service of the nation round the clock i.e. for 24 hours. The red colour in the badge indicates that the NSS volunteers are full of blood i.e. lively, active, energetic and full of high spirit. The navy blue colour indicates the cosmos of which the NSS is a tiny part, ready to contribute its share for the welfare of the mankind.