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Name of the Committee Members
Mr. Rajesh Maurya - Program Officer
Dr. Sharyn Bangera
Mrs. Geeta Sharma
With this thought in our minds, and a desire to help change the world in our hearts, UPG NSS began its journey of social service a decade ago in the year of 2010. Describing the NSS Unit of our college as simply another college committee would be an understatement.
NSS (National Service Scheme) is an initiative by the government of India which works towards India’s progress through social work and community development. This unique platform allows students to give as much to society as they take away from it in the form of their own personal growth. Our motto “Not Me But You” encapsulates the motivation behind all that we have been able to achieve in the past year – come take a glance into our journey…
COVID-19 and Health Initiatives
The volunteers have actively taken initiatives for offering aid during the time of the pandemic through making and distributing masks, donation of clothes and ration kits, animal feeding, sanitizing local areas, organizing informational webinars on COVID-19 vaccination and spreading awareness through social media posters and videos. Additionally, they have also organized other campaigns like Fit India Movement, and awareness webinars on cancer, leprosy, nutrition, sanitation, mental health and yoga.
The volunteers visit old age homes, orphanages and slum developments where they spend quality time with members of their local community. Since the starting of the lockdown, volunteers have taught through online medium in municipal schools and NGOs like Trishul, Voice of Slum, and India Foundation for Educational Transformation (IFET). Over 150 students have been benefitted through the following subjects: Coding, Mathematics, English, Social Science, Hygiene, Good Touch/Bad Touch, and Arts and Crafts.
Taking forward the legacy of NSS, volunteers frequently participate in various clean-up drives at several locations such as Dadar Beach, Mithi River, and Juhu Beach. Similarly, waste collection is also undertaken at a local level, resulting in over 250 kg of waste being collected this year. The volunteers also actively participate in tree plantation and sapling plantation drives, through which they have planted 350+ saplings in the past 2 years along with organizing sessions on waste management.
With an aim to spread awareness about various issues prevalent in our society and what we can do about it, volunteers conduct monthly group discussions where they express their thoughts on topics like ‘Are men always the villains?’, ‘Fossil Fuel VS Nuclear Energy, ‘Indian culture and education system’, ‘Environment protection’ amongst others. Students leave these brainstorming sessions as more confident, opinionated, and active citizens who are better-equipped to be changemakers in society.
Carrying on with its age-old tradition, the NSS Unit organized two mass blood donation drives in the previous term. The drives were conducted from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm on 25th July, 2019 and 7th February, 2020 in association with Lions Club of Millennium, JJ Mahanagar Raktapedhi, Nair Hospital, Bhagwati Hospital and Gokuldas Tejpal Hospital. A number of professors, college students as well as outsiders donated blood and did their part for the noble cause. The initiatives were successful in collecting a total of 358 bottles of blood, which have potentially saved 1074 lives
The NSS Unit strives to create a better society through various endeavors – many of which showcase the volunteers’ creative side. A vivid nukkad natak (street play) on the realities of ‘Child and Women Sexual Abuse’ and a narrative dance revolving around ‘Acid Attack Victims’ was prepared and performed at various college festivals where it has won accolades. Wall Painting was carried out in Byculla Municipal Secondary School to liven up the atmosphere of government schools while also spreading social messages. A short film was made to promote the mentality and cause of Swacch Bharat Abhiyan, which was submitted in college competitions and later released across social media.
The 7 days’ NSS Camp for the year 2019-20 was organized from 3rd January, 2020 to 9th January, 2020 in Karav, Vangani; an adopted village, where the volunteers worked for the development of the villagers. A number of activities like paper bag making, set up of a library with 500+ donated books, sports competitions, nashabandi awareness, hygiene and self-defense sessions, constructing a dam at a local river, painting the school walls, free health check-up camp and distribution of sanitary pad were activities which greatly benefitted the villagers. The seven-day camp was an unforgettable experience for the volunteers for inspiring in them a greater love for social service.
The NSS Unit in the past few years has been recognized for its selfless social service and won a number of accolades in the past term:
‘Social Service Excellence Award’ – Khushiyaan Foundation, 2019
‘Social Impact Award 2018-19’ – Indian Development Foundation (IDF), 2019
‘Best College’ award and trophy – NSS Fest ‘Udaan’, 2019
‘Best NSS Volunteer 2018-19’ – Indian Development Foundation (IDF), 2019
Winner of Fashion Show competition - NSS Fest ‘Udaan’, 2019
Winner of Fashion Show competition – BBC Fest, 2020
2nd place in Debate competition – NSS Fest ‘Udaan’, 2019
3rd place in Street Play competition – NSS Fest ‘Hunar’, 2019
Featured on Republic TV for our efforts in Swacch Bharat Abhiyan, 2019