National Service Scheme (NSS)

National Service Scheme

Unit No.109, Mar Elias College, Kottappady
Programme Officer : Mr. Lijo T. George, Dept. of English
The National Service Scheme (NSS) was evolved and introduced by the Government of India in the year 1969. It aims at developing amongst students a sense of participation in nation building through Social Work. This deepens understanding of the social environment and enriches his/her personality through actual participation in day-to-day life of the society. This process of learning is not only a desirable supplement to the classroom education but develops in the student a sense of responsibility, tolerance and cooperation. The NSS plays a vital role in the development of the latent aspects of the student's personality.
Since the establishment of the College in 2006, the NSS unit has been functioning with full vigour and enthusiasm.


The aim of the NSS is Education through community service.


The motto is ‘Not Me But You’.

Aims and Objectives:

  • Development of the personality of students through community service.
  • To work with and among people.
  • To enhance creative and constructive social action.
  • To enhance knowledge of self and the community through a confrontation with reality.
  • To enable them to understand the growing up process and related youth health concerns; like smoking, alcoholism, substance abuse, sexually transmitted diseases etc.
  • To gain skills in programme development self employment.
  • To gain skills in the exercise of democratic leadership and about the dynamics of marriage and family as a social institution.
  • To bridge the gulf between the educated and the uneducated masses.
  • To promote the will to serve the weaker sections of the community.

Benefits of Joining NSS:

  • The NSS offers a wonderful opportunity to use a part of spare time to empathise and help the poor and the under privileged fellow countrymen living in villages.
  • It provides the volunteers with an opportunity to train themselves as the future leaders and decision makers of the country.
  • It provides training to equip the volunteers with the minimum necessary skills to carryout programmes.
  • It provides with opportunities to take part in inter-collegiate / inter-university / inter-state camps and exchange ideas with students from other colleges / universities / states.


The NSS indulges in a wide range of activities, which includes the Regular Activities and the Special Camping Programme.

Regular activities:

  • Organic Farming
  • Campus cleaning
  • Celebration of important days
  • Orientation camps
  • Participation of students in various seminars conducted all over the state
  • Various cultural activities aiming at personality development of students
  • Swachh Bharat Abhiyan
  • Orientation on Yoga
  • Blood detection camps, blood donation etc

Special camping programme:

Special camps of 7 days duration form an integral part of the NSS activities. The camps are conducted every year in villages. The volunteers work in these regions for hygiene education, antiplastic campaign and to eradicate illiteracy. The camps are also aimed at the development of durable community assets like roads, canals, sanitation and other similar projects.