National Service Scheme
Shillong College is one amongst the four Colleges in the region to have formally started National Service Scheme (NSS) as early as in 1974. It started with a Orientation programme held in the same year in St. Edmund’s College that was followed by holding of the first special camp in Laitumkhrah in February 1974 by the NSS Unit, Shillong College. Shri Bikash Roy of Commerce Department was the first P.O. of N.S.S., Shillong College while (Late) Shri P. Deb of Chemistry Department, Shri Dipu Mukhopadhyay of History Department and (Late) Shri A. K. Gurung rendered valuable assistance. During late eighties Shri T. S. Rajee and Shri A. Khanduri continued the work as Programme Officers. Since 1996, Shri K. D. Ramsiej of Philosophy Department and Shri H. Iangrai of Education Department took over as the Programme officers and have been providing commendable services. Some of the important activities of the NSS Unit of the College are: (1) Cleaning drive and drive against alcoholism and drug abuse as early as in 1974 in Laitumkhrah.; (2) Cleaning drive and similar work in Nongmynsong and adjoining areas in 1976; (3) Presently, the Unit has Mawphlong and Nongpathaw as the two adopted villages; (4) Levelling and Construction of Basketball Ground of the College in 2002-2003.with assistance from NSS Cell, NEHU; (5) Three GTA programmes in 1996, 2002 and 2004; (6) Health programmes such as AIDS awareness, Blood donation and others along with the Directorate of Health Services, Meghalaya, etc.; (7) The unit works in collaboration with the Nehru Yavak Kendra and remarkable Mega Camp was held in 2001 in Mawngap; (8) National Integration Camp during October 2002 where more than 200 volunteers from all over India attended. A similar camp was attended by the volunteers of Shillong College, held at New Delhi in 2005; (9) Inter-State Youth Exchange programme in Bhubaneswar and Bangalore in 2005 in which 15 volunteers from Shillong College participated and presented cultural items; (10) Active participation in the programmes along with Red Cross Society of India. In addition, the NSS Unit of Shillong College organises various other programmes like workshop, cleaning drive, World Environment Day, etc. in the from College time to time and will continue to do so and more in the coming days with active encouragement of the Principal and Management of the College.
NSS ACTIVITIES DURING 2008-09
The NSS Unit of Shillong College is one of such most units in the State taking up multifarious programmes throughout every year. The year 2008-09 was no different with a host of programmes organised during this period of which in addition the regular activities the most important one was the weak long Special Camp at Smit. As recognition to the commendable work of the NSS Unit of the College, the in-charge Dr. H. Iangrai was awarded the NSS University Level Award, 2009 and Miss Balianghun Khongstid, a NSS volunteer of the college, got selected for Youth Congress at Beijing, China. The major activities undertaken by NSS Unit of the college are:
- Blood Donation Camps where many volunteers donated blood on three occasions, i.e. on the 14th June, the 15th August and 1st October 2009. All the donors confessed they felt refreshed, satisfied and motivated after donating blood. One can donate Blood once in every four months. It is hoped that every unit of blood donated will save a life.
- Eye Check up and Awareness programme in the college where about 200 college boys and girls were benefited.
- Cleaning drives on the 23rd September and 2nd October 2008 which enhanced the standard of the campus.
- Communal Harmony Week (19-25 Nov. 2008)
- Raising of Fund for the welfare of the blind (Jyoti Sroat School).
- Teachers’ Day, World Aids Day and Red Ribbon Club which was formally inaugurated on 12-09-2008.
- Pulse Polio programme in which about 20 volunteers took part during month of September 2008 in which many localities in and around Shillong were covered by pulse polio immunization programme. The volunteers worked under the supervision of the Health Department of Government of Meghalaya.
- Indian Science Programme, an event that was hosted by North Eastern Hill University from 3rd to 7th January 2009 and about 60 NSS volunteers of the college participated in the same.
- Pre Republic Day Parade in Orissa from the 14th to 23rd November 2008 in which three volunteers took part and one volunteer Palvydora Kharkongor came out as the finalist participant at New Delhi during January 2009.
- Inter State Youth Exchange Programme in nine volunteers along with the teacher in charge, Dr. H. Iangrai took part. The volunteers from other states enjoyed the week long stay (in October 2008) in the local home of Shillong College volunteers. The programme was memorable, infused with love and understanding each other.
- Disaster Management programme at 101 Area, Upper Shillong on 21st November 2008 in four volunteers participated and thirty others have undergone a week long training programme with Civil Defence and Home Guards Department, Government of Meghalaya.
Activities Ahead: With the changing scenario, there is a need to develop and advance NSS activities in the college and in the state. Many activities have to be organised. Selfless service through NSS will ultimately lead to personality development, harmony in the society, and leadership qualities and healthy atmosphere of which the present society is looking for. As I see “There is no dearth of participants in the social service but it is just to overcome the inflated I and Me within us. Let us stretch forth our hands and do with all our might. Let us not look for transitory reward but just begin with a real one.”
Whatever you sow so will you reap; whatever you give it shall be given back to you. Do to others as you want them to do to you. Don’t worry just say Yes to NSS.