National Service Scheme (NSS) has been introduced at Government Polytechnic, Washim under the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, Government of India and NSS Cell, Directorate of Technical Education, Govt. of Maharashtra. It is a part of the academic program and functions as a regular feature in the realm of technical education of this institute. National Service Scheme (NSS) has been playing a vital role in enriching the souls and minds of the students of this institute since long time. It is a program for students to cater to the needs of the community.
National Service Scheme Unit of this institute provides the students an opportunity to understand the community; identify its needs and problems as well as the solutions in which they can be involved by assuming social and civic responsibilities. It also provides students with the opportunity to apply their education in finding practical solutions to the problems faced by the individuals and the community at large. It aims at arousing social consciousness of the youth with an overall objective of personality development through community service. NSS enables students to participate in various programs of social service and national development, and to help the community.Aims and objectives of NSS:
This scheme is under the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, Government of India and NSS Cell, Directorate of Technical Education, Govt. of Maharashtra.
NSS volunteers undertake various activities in villages and slums for community service. The NSS Units organize the regular activities as detailed below :
To get the NSS volunteers acquainted with the basics of NSS program, an orientation program is undertaken through lectures, discussions, field visits, and audio-visuals etc.2) Campus work :
The NSS volunteers may be involved in the projects undertaken for the benefit of the institution and students concerned. Such projects cover development of play grounds and gardens, tree plantation in the premises, awareness program on drug-abuse, AIDS, Cleanliness drives, population education and other projects.3) Institutional work:
The students may be placed with selected voluntary organizations working for the welfare of women, children, aged and disabled outside the campus.4) Institutional work:
The rural projects generally include the working of NSS volunteers in villages for eradication of illiteracy, watershed management and wasteland development , agricultural operations , health , nutrition , hygiene , sanitation, mother and child care, family life education, gender justice, development of rural cooperatives, savings drives , construction of rural roads , campaign against social evils etc.5) Natural Calamities & National Emergencies:
The NSS units are expected to utilize the services of NSS volunteers at the time of natural calamities and national emergencies for mobilizing public support and rendering necessary assistance to the authorities in rescue, relief and rehabilitation.6) National Days and Celebrations:
The National Service Scheme program also includes the celebration of National days. The purpose of such a provision is to celebrate such occasions in a befitting manner.7) National Programs:
In the development of any nation, certain programs assume special relevance in view of problems existing or anticipated. In our country, three such programs have been launched. They are the Mass Program of Functional Literacy, AIDS Awareness Program and Sustainable development with emphasis on Watershed Management & Wasteland Development. It is pertinent to mention here that NSS Volunteers have come forward with zeal to make these programs a great success.
Special Camping forms an integral part of National Service Scheme. It provides unique opportunities to the students for group-living, collective experience sharing and constant interaction with community.
Special campaigns are aimed to organize generally on various developmental issues of national importance. The major themes of the Special Camping Programs are 'Youth Against Famine', Youth Against Dirt and Disease ‘, 'Youth for Rural Reconstruction ' , 'Youth for Eco-Development' and 'Youth for Mass Literacy', 'Youth for National integration & Social Harmony', on Watershed Management and Wasteland Development.