“The young do not know enough to be prudent, and therefore they attempt the impossible, and achieve it, generation after generation.”
As rightly remarked by the Mrs. Pearl S Buck, the youth is indeed a major change - making factor in today’s society. This is the reason the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports of the Government of India came up with the National Service Scheme (NSS), an Indian government sponsored flagship for public service program. It was incorporated by our college, Dwarkadas J. Sanghvi College of Engineering almost twelve years ago, in 2010, with the intent of “Bringing Change Together”.
Since then, year after year, DJNSS has crossed many milestones and served the society in numerous ways. The academic year of 2021-2022 has been an absolute rollercoaster too. With the increasing health risks due to the newer variants of the COVID-19 virus, conducting and functioning smoothly was an arduous task. However, our volunteers, determined to leave no stone unturned, put up an impressive show of events.
Starting with plasma donation, blood donation and vaccination awareness through social media and moving on to emphasize the importance of Yoga through personal action, this academic year for DJNSS commenced with a boom. Our covid-19 informative dashboard raised a lot of awareness among our users. The series of posts during the LGBTQ+ Pride Month showed a lot of readers our support, and attempted to instil self-confidence. The participants were educated on Prevention of Sexual Harassment, along with the importance of Gender Equality too.
The NSS Unit of DJSCE also went on to collaborate with numerous other operating bodies like Turn the Tide, Save the Planet, the NSS units of a few colleges under Mumbai University, Dr. Vivek Bindra and others for informative sessions about plastic consumption, feminine hygiene, yoga at workplaces and much more.
DJ NSS has adopted the villages of Narpad and Ambewadi, which are the sites of the annual camp that is held for our volunteers. These dedicated and eager students engage in beach clean-ups and host creative workshops, alongside catering to the residents’ health needs through medical camps. Previously, we have installed a solar panel for the village school, solar street lights and a compost tumbler, and repaired the pulleys of their public wells and patches on their roads. This year too, owing to the social distancing limitations, the camp could not be conducted. However, it didn’t deter us from our goals as we soared higher, trying to create a positive impact despite many difficulties.
Abiding by our motto that says, “Not me; you!”, we aspire to contribute to the greater good of the society through more of such initiatives, events and workshops in the upcoming years. This legacy of “Help. Connect. Inspire” continues, as we hope, and set sights higher for the next academic year.