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WEST BENGAL STATE UNIVERSITY – NATIONAL SERVICE SCHEME (NSS) CELL

NOTICE OF NSS MEETING ON 25.7.16
NOTICE OF P.O. MEET - NSS

BRIEF REPORT ON NSS PROGRAMMES CONDUCTED

Dr. Pranam Dhar
Programme Coordinator-NSS Cell, & Associate Professor,
Department of Commerce & Management,
West Bengal State University.
M-09830071587
Email id : pranamdharit@yahoo.com


Swami Vivekananda to Youth

Supreme value of youth period is incalculable and indescribable. Youth life is the most precious life. Youth is the best time. The way in which you utilize this period will decide the nature of coming years that lie ahead of you. Your happiness, your success, your honor and your good name all depend upon the way in which you live now, in this present period. Remember this. This wonderful period of the first state of your life is related to you as the soft wet clay in the hands of the potter. Skillfully the potter gives it the right and correct shapes and forms, which he intends to give. Even so, you can wisely mould your life, your character, your physical health and strength, in short your entire nature in any way in which you make up your mind to do. And you must do this now.

O fortunate youth, recognize this great duty. Feel this wonderful privilege. Take up this adventure. God watches you graciously, ever ready to help and guide. I wish you to be great. The world has put its faith in you. Your elders keep their hopes in you. Now youth means to place your firm confidence in yourself and exercise your hopeful determination and resolution and willing good intentions in this beautiful task of self-culture. This will truly bring supreme satisfaction and fulfillment not only to you, but also to all concerned. The shaping of your life is indeed in your own hands.

Practise virtue, persevere in virtue. Become established in virtue. Shine as an embodiment of noblest virtue and heroic adherence to goodness. Youth is meant for this grand process. Youth life is the active development and fulfillment of these processes. This period of your time provides the suitable and favourable fields for the working out of this extremely important and most indispensable process in life. This is the special significance, the great importance and supreme value of youth life. It signifies the creation of noble personality. It is atma-Viakasa. It is Atma –Nirmana. Please try to understand the correct implication of the term successful life. When you talk of success with reference to life, it does not merely mean succeeding in everything that you undertake or do; it does not merely mean succeeding in fulfilling all wants or getting whatever you desire; it does not just mean acquiring a name or attaining a position or imitating fashionable ways appearing modern or up-to-date. The essence of true success is what you make of yourself. It is the conduct of life that you develop, it is the character that you cultivate and it is the type of person you become. This is the central meaning of successful living. Therefore, you will see this important matter is not so much a question of success in life. ( Jivan – Me- Safalta) but rather it is success of life. Such successful life is one that succeeds in producing an ideal individual, a noble man. Your success is not measured in terms of what all you obtained but in term of what you become, how you live and what actions you do. Upon this point reflect well and attain great happiness.

In our grand culture they conceived of life in four stage-preliminary stage, development stage, flowering or blossoming stage and the culminating fruitful stage. These can be described as he preparatory period, the practising period for the satisfactory growth of the latter stage. Yours is the stage of preliminary preparations for right and successful living. Herein is its supreme value and great importance. This is like the ploughing and sowing of seeds in the field by a farmer. Now, you can easily understand, what is the significance and importance of this in connection with the harvest, which any one would wish to reap later on. And also, it is like the laying of the foundation for an important building you wish to construct. If this building is something very important to you, then you just think how much more important its proper foundation becomes in your view. The strong and continued existence of the building depends certainly upon the foundation. This is the stage you are now in. Let your preparations be wise, correct and of such kind that will lead to your true welfare, supreme good and lasting satisfaction and happiness. This must engage your active, enthusiastic attention throughout the period of your youth life. Our culture refers to this stage as the Brahmacharya Ashram or Vidyarthi Jivan. Here, you acquire knowledge of not only subjects like History, Geography, Mathematics, etc., but also about human nature, correct Vyavahara, science of Self- control, art of developing pure mind, Dharma, the duties of man and the proper relationship between you, your family, your society and the world.

As we are celebrating the birthday of Sri Swami Vivekanandaji Maharaj; I would like to narrate one anecdote from vedas. Once upon a time lord Indra was holding a court; he found a divine person with radiating light (Embodiment of Spirit) was just walking towards his court; seeing him Indra’s arm guards gave up their weapons; they prostrated that Embodiment of Spirit. Gods and Goddess started to adore him. In the utmost surprise of all even King Indra also came down from his celestial throne and requested that supreme personality to come and occupy the throne. Indra was puzzled. He didn’t know, what to do then! He sought the advice of his guru, the great Prajapati who asked Indra to go back to that Embodiment of Spirit and serve him.

Indra served sincerely year after year and after a long time one day he enquired, “O Indra, what are you seeking?” Indra respectfully replied, “Oh Adorable One, I want to know about the power you possess, because of that without having any weapon like Astra, Sastra, or Army you are able to control Bhu, Bhuba, Swar, Gan , Tapa, Satya and so many lokas.” “Oh Indra it’s very small matter; It’s only due to my character and virtue! I am very happy with you; I want to give a boon to you; please ask anything other than Indra’s kingdom or Indrasan”., declared the Embodiment of Spirit.

Indra humbly requested; “If so, please give me your character and all your virtues.” Embodiment of Spirit said, “So be it to you!” With great sound and shock one after another, five bright rays of light came out of his body and entered in Indra’s Body and with that he (Embodiment of Spirit) was thrown out of the Indrasan. Last ray declared that you have given your character and virtue to Indra; where there is character and virtue; lies power, wealth and wisdom!

Swami Vivekananda has lived his life to uplift the mankind; he wanted us to shine and prosper! What great importance is of the youth years when the foundation is built for the life! Difficulties will come but so what; Swamiji said, “Struggle, Struggle, Struggle is the Sine Qua Non of life and stagnation is death; Vedas proclaim this as “Charaivaiti, charaivaiti, charaivaiti………”

May you all shine and prosper! May you all live and lead the life of purity, character and virtues. Be vigilant and diligent with your actions, sincere in your efforts and regular in your spiritual practices. May you all achieve this and uplift the nation, which was the desire of Swami Vivekanandaji. The idea behind the celebration of Sri Swamiji Maharaj’s birthday is to fulfill his dream!

Basic Concept of NSS

The overall aim of National Service Scheme as an envisaged earlier, is to give an extension dimension to the higher education system and orient the student youth to community service while they are studying in educational institution. The reason for the formulation of this objective is the general realization that the academic institution and the students have a tendency to get alienated from the village/slum mass which constitute the majority of the population of the country. The educated youth who are expected to take the reins of administration in future to be unaware of the problems of the village/slum community and in certain cases are indifferent towards their needs and problems. Therefore it is necessary to arouse the social conscience of the students, and to provide them an opportunity to work with the people in the villages and slums. It is felt that their interaction with the common villagers and slum dwellers will expose them to the realities of life and bring about a change in their social perception.

The Motto

The motto or watchword of the National Service Scheme is “NOT ME BUT YOU”. This reflects the essence of democratic living and upholds the need for selfless service and appreciation of the other person’s point of view and also to show consideration for fellow human beings. It underlines that the welfare of an individual is ultimately dependent on the welfare of an individual is ultimate dependent on the welfare of society on the whole. Therefore, it should be the aim of the NSS to demonstrate this motto in its day-to-day programme.

Aims and Objectives of NSS

The prime objectives of NSS are :
To work among the people.
To engage in creative and constructive social work.
To enhance the knowledge of community.
To put scholarship to practical use in mitigating at least some of the problems.
To gain skills in the exercise of democratic leadership.
To gain skills in the programme development to enable for self-employment.
To bridge the gulf between the educated and the uneducated masses.
To promote the will to serve the weaker section of the community.

Observance of the NSS Day

On September 24, 1969, the then Union Education Minister Dr. V.K.R.V. Rao, launched the NSS Programme in 37 universities covering all states and simultaneously requested the chief ministers of states for their cooperation and help. It was appropriate that the programme has been started during the Gandhi Birth Centenary Year as it was Gandhiji who inspired the Indian youth to participate in the movement for Indian independence and the social uplift of the down-trodden mass of our nation.
Celebration of NSS Day on 24th September from the year of 1994 onwards as per Ministry’s direction given.
In his address at the National Convention of NSS Key Personnel and Launching of NSS SJY Hon’ble Union Minister for Human Resource Development made an announcement that henceforth 24th September would be observed as NSS Day every year.

Extended Advisory committee of National Service Scheme (NSS)

West Bengal State University
(AS RECOMMENDED IN THE FIRST MEETING)
Name Designation
Chairperson: Professor Jyotish Prakash Basu Hon'ble Vice-Chancellor, WEST BENGAL STATE UNIVERSITY.
Members
Dr. Ramanuj Ganguly Registrar (Officiating & Acting Chairman (ex-officio)
Inspector of Colleges (ex-officio)
DPI (GOVT. OF W.B.) Ex-Officio
Mr. Rathin Ghosh (Local MLA) Ex-Officio
D.M.of North 24 Pgs. Or any of His Representatives Ex-Officio
SDO, Barasat Ex-Officio
SDPO, Barasat Ex-Officio
Mr. P.K. Patnaik Youth Officer, NSS Regional Centre, Govt. of India
Dr. Prabir Ghosh Roy State Liaison Officer, NSS, WB.
Mr. Samir Bandyopadhyay Programme Coordinator - NSS, C.U.
Dr. T.K. Panda Co-ordinator, TOC/TORC, RKM Training Centre, Narendrapur.
Finance Officer (ex-officio)
Dr. Jayanta Se PG Faculty Member, WBSU.
Dr. Abhijit Das PG Faculty Member, WBSU.
Dr. Abhijit kr. Pal ex-programme codinator, NSS, WBSU.

Member Secretary
Dr. Pranam Dhar Associate Professor, Department of
Commerce & Management &
Programme Coordinator, NSS, WBSU.

LIST OF INTERNATIONAL AND NATIONAL DAYS/WEEKS TO BE OBSERVED BY NATIONAL SERVICE SCHEME (NSS)

DAYSDATE
1. National Youth Day 12th January
2. Republic Day 26th January
3. Martyr Day 30th January
4. International Women Day 8th March
5. World Health Day 7th April
6. Anti-Terrorism Day 21st May
7. World No Tobacco Day 31st May
8. World Environment Day 5th June
9. World Population Day 11th July
10. Independence Day 15th August
11. Sadhbavana day 20th August
12. International Literacy Day 8th September
13. International Peace Day 15th September
14. NSS Day 24th September
15. National Blood Donation Day 1st October
16. Communal Harmony Day 2nd October
17. National Integration Day 19th November
18. World AIDS Day 1st December
19. World Human Rights Day 10th December
WEEKS DATE
National Youth Week 12-19 January
Van Mahotsava Week 1-7 July
International Literacy Week 8-14 July
Qyami Ekta Week 19-25 November

SPECIAL PROGRAMMES ORGANISED BY WEST BENGAL STATE UNIVERSITY NSS UNITS

1. Special Camp-cum-Orientation Programme
2. Participation at Inter-Varsity Youth Festival
3. 15th August Celebration
4. Anti-Aids Rally
5. Sanhati-Yatra on 150th Birth Anniversary Celebration of Swami Vivekananda

Brief Activity Report of NSS Programme under Bengal State University

In 2009, State NSS Cell (Government of West Bengal) recognized that 27 units from 23 colleges will be controlled by West Bengal State University, which was previously controlled by the University of Calcutta. So the total volunteer strength of this university was 2700. But at present, the total volunteer strength is 3715, as 10 new NSS Units are included in the list, which is approved by the State NSS Cell, Government of West Bengal. The New NSS Units will get financial assistance from Govt. of West Bengal for the financial year 2012-13. The regular activities of most of the NSS units are satisfactory. In some college units drawbacks are found regarding the performance of special camping programme.

About the NSS Cell, West Bengal State University

The NSS Cell of West Bengal State University in collaboration with the NSS units 1, 2 and 3 of West Bengal State University organized a State-Level Workshop for the Programme Officers as well as special camp-cum-orientation programme for its volunteers from 8.04.2013. to 12.04.2013. at the university campus under the Convenership of Dr. Pranam Dhar, in which 36 Programme Officers from 37 units of the affiliated colleges were trained and interacted, the theme being ‘Development of Youth in the context of Globalization and the Role of NSS’. Best Programme Officer Award were given to 27 Programme Officers for their past services valuable to the society in the form of NSS. Best volunteer Award were given to 27 volunteers from all the affiliated college units including the university units from their courageous and bold participation and remarkable performance in different state-level and national level camps and state-level exchange programmes. The workshop was inaugurated by Professor Kausik Gupta, Hon’ble Vice-Chancellor, West Bengal State University. In the workshop, lots of eminent dignitaries were present like covering three villages like Mr. P.K. Patnaik, Hon’ble Youth Officer, Government of India, Mr. Kunal Chatterjee, In-charge, NSS, University of Calcutta, Mr. Subrata Biswas, Director (East Zone), Narcotics Control Bureau of India, Representatives from Sea Explorers’ Institute, Dr. Anita Chattopadhyay, Best Awardee Programme Officer, University of Calcutta, Dr. Ashish Kumar Sana, Advisory Committee Member, NSS Cell, University of Calcutta, Prof. Nabanita Chattopadhyay, Academician and Social Worker, etc. Besides, a Blood Donation Camp was organized in collaboration with Voluntary Blood Donors’ Association, West Bengal, where 124 units of blood were collected from the volunteers of the university. At the same time, data were collected about the youth of Berunanpukuria, Jagannathpur and Malikapur, involving 153 candidates, which created a very positive motivation among the volunteers, as it included different awareness courses like on : Youth Health and Development, Food & Nutrition, Disaster Awareness and Management, Right to Information, Sociological Aspects of Youth Development, as well as Youth Education and Girl Abuse and Youth Labour. Besides, the NSS Cell of the University published its Annual Report for the year 2012-13 for the first time and presented it to the Govt. officials as well as to the programme officers present in the workshop.

About the NSS Activities of the Affiliated College Units and University Units

At the end of March, 2013, 10 NSS Units organized Blood Donation Camps where 402 units of Blood were collected. 18 NSS Units arranged Plantation Programme in which 516 saplings were planted on different days and different occasions. 12 NSS Units helped pulse polio programme in which 1560 children were given pulse polio vaccine.

12 NSS Units organized health check up camp at the time of special camping programme. Similarly sit and draw competitions for slum children were successfully conducted by these NSS Units. Some NSS Units completed their survey work on source of drinking water, common disease, plastic pollution, problems of mobile phone, low cost food, superstition and anti-superstition etc. The NSS Work Report was nicely presented in a booklet form by three colleges, viz., Bhairab Ganguly College, Basirhat College, Prasanta Chandra Mohalanobis Mahavidyalaya, East Calcutta Girls’ College and Acharya Prafulla Chandra College. Their efforts were highly appreciated by the State NSS Cell, NSS Regional Centre and TORC, Narendrapur.

The role of NSS Units of WBSU is also noteworthy. The 3 NSS Units conducted the following programme : Blood Donation Camp.
Blook Group Detection Camp.
Plantation Programme in University Premises.
Observance of Different Significant Days.
Anti AIDS Rally including consultancy programme in the nearby villages surrounding the WBSU Campus.
Help in literacy programme to the non-teaching staffs of West Bengal State University. Sending of NSS volunteers and Programme officers in different Special Camps, Exchange Programmes and Orientation Programmes on regular basis at the call of the Hon’ble Youth Officer, Dept. of Youth Affairs, Govt. of India.
Opening of Red Ribbon Club units in all the affiliated colleges of the university having NSS units as per the notification and financial assistance made by the Department of Health Affairs, Government of West Bengal, for the prevention and awareness about AIDS.

Guidelines on How to Open A New NSS Unit in the College / University

College(s) willing to open a new NSS unit may apply along with the Governing Body Resolution of the concerned college(s) by proposing the name of the Programme Officer, who must be elected/nominated from amongst the faculty members of the concerned college(s). For further details in this regard, consult the NSS Manual available in the website : www.nss.nic.in

LIST OF NSS VOLUNTEERS SENT IN DIFFERENT COMMUNITY OUTREACH ACTIVITIES FOR 2012-13

FOR PRE-REPUBLIC DAY CAMP
1. SANTANU KAR BHAIRAB GANGULY COLLEGE
2. SUDEB DAS BHAIRAB GANGULY COLLEGE
3. PURNIMA SARDAR BHAIRAB GANGULY COLLEGE

FOR 26TH JANUARY CAMP
1. PURNIMA SARDAR BHAIRAB GANGULY COLLEGE

FOR SPECIAL ALL INDIA CAMP
1. ARIFUL ALAM BASIRHAT COLLEGE

FOR ALL-INDIA EAST-ZONE YOUTH FESTIVAL
AT RANCHI UNIVERSITY
FROM DECEMBER 4-8, 2012.

Sl.No. Name Date of Birth Gender
1 NIMMI GUHA 12/3/91 F
2 RAKHI BISWAS 2/4/91 F
3 RANJITA DEBNATH 17/11/90 F
4 SUPARNA GHOSH 27/10/90 F
1 KOUSHIK SHAW (ST) 12/6/90 M
2 SUSHANTA BISWAS (SC) 7/1/91 M
3 ABU KALAM AL AMIN MIRAJ 3/2/84 M
4 RANI PATRA (SC) 26/8/89 M
5 GOLAM KABIR HOSSAIN 15/10/92 M
6 RAKESH BHANDARI 9/4/95 M
7 AZAD HOSSAIN 30/4/94 M
8 RABI CHAKRABORTY 21/2/93 M
9 SUDEB DAS (SC) 1/1/89 M
10 RAJDEEP MOITRA 21/7/93 M
11 ABUL KALAM AZAD M
2 PRANAM DHAR CONTINGENT IN-CHARGE M
1 HIRAN KANTI MUKHERJEE ACCOMPANIST M
3 SARASWATI SARKAR ACCOMPANIST F

FOR STATE YOUTH EXCHANGE PROGRAMME AT KARNATAKA OPEN UNIVERSITY, MYSORE.
1. LOKNATH GHOSH WBSU
2. SUBIR PAL WBSU
3. ARUN KANTI MISTRY N.B.P.C. COLLEGE
4. AMIT KUMAR SHAW MAHADEVANANDA MAHAVIDYALAYA

FOR SPECIAL-CULTURAL CAMPING PROGRAMME AT RANCHI UNIVERSITY
1. SUDEB DAS BHAIRAB GANGULY COLLEGE
2. SUPARNA GHOSH BHAIRAB GANGULY COLLEGE

FOR REPUBLIC DAY PARADE CAMP AT NEW DELHI
1. PURNIMA SARDAR BHAIRAB GANGULY COLLEGE

FOR PROGRAMME OFFICERS’ SPECIAL ORIENTATION PROGRAMME ON GENDER EQUALITY AT RANCHI
1. DR. ASHUTOSH MUKHERJEE PO-NSS UNIT, DINABANDHU MAHAVIDYALAYA.
2. DR. SARASWATI SARKAR PO-NSS UNIT, BANIPUR MAHILA MAHAVIDYALAYA.

Contact Details
NSS Cell – Room No.211.
Berunanpukuria, Barasat,
Kolkata – 700126.
Email Address : nss_wbsu@yahoo.in.

Here, I must mention that after joining and graceful initiation of Professor Kausik Gupta, The Hon’ble Vice-Chancellor of our university, all the moves towards development have been thrown light on, and specially NSS and Sports Department of the university have got their freedom for development and also for multifarious activities, for which I must express my heartfelt thanks to Respected and Hon’ble Vice Chancellor of our university for his enormous help and support. The most valuable reward for us is that, he himself tries to be present in each and every programme of NSS Cell, whether he is very busy with tight schedule or whether it is a holiday, in spite of the long distance of his residence from the university. This motivates all the NSS Volunteers as well as Programme Officers and other staffs related to NSS Cell.

I must admit that there are some problems and drawbacks regarding monitoring of NSS activities in different colleges under West Bengal State University. Our regulating authorities are very much concerned about the said realities and we hope that all these administrative problems will be solved at the earliest and the NSS activities under West Bengal State University will run smoothly.

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