National Service Scheme (NSS) is a community-service oriented organisation that provides a platform for the students to build their character through community service, a wonderful chance to connect them with the soil and an amazing opportunity to become a better human being, while cultivating a sense of responsibility and belongingness among the society.
NSS, Shri Ram College of Commerce, as a unit of NSS, involves students and faculty into nation building by organising various activities throughout the year and constantly endeavours to involve more and more students into community development and selfless service. COVID 19 and the year 2020 were both unprecedented, and throughout the year, NSS SRCC undertook various initiatives, in an attempt to make things a little easier by reaching out to people in such trying times.
While talking about mental health is largely taboo in our country, the hopelessness, uncertainty, and undue pressure to be productive plagued our society just as the pandemic tightened its grip over the world. In the mental health awareness week, NSS SRCC reminded people to be kinder to not just those around them but also to their own selves. We conceptualized a video series discussing our take on dealing with mental health issues with Apoorva Gupta Jalan, a Yoga Therapist and Leadership and Life Coach, who has done a wide range of work in the field of mental health awareness.
As the lockdown extensions loomed large, food insecurity became a pertinent issue for the marginalized sections of the society. It was more than apt that NSS SRCC facilitated the distribution of free dry ration to the underprivileged residents of Shadipur, a community which we have adopted under Project Kali.
After the prolonged lockdown period, NSS SRCC recently decided to take things to the ground and indulge in some on-field work. Within college premises, NSS SRCC volunteers distributed packets of Sashakt Spices produced under Project Vishwas to the non-teaching staff and then extended the distribution drive to the areas surrounding our college premises.
In the month of July, NSS, SRCC brought college and school students an opportunity to intern NSS by providing them with two broad avenues: Content Development Internship and Designing and Branding Internship. We also organized “Teaching in the New Era, Paathshala 2.0”, a one on one mentorship program of 6 weeks, providing a platform to individuals driven to serve the society through an outlook of teaching under Project Sanskar.
One of NSS SRCC’S most hardworking students under Project Sanskar, Rajinder secured 89.5% in his best of four in CBSE Class XII Boards. Rajinder had been a regular student of Project Sanskar and had been willing to study and develop his knowledge since Class IX. Today, Rajinder has been admitted into Zakir Husain Delhi College, University of Delhi where he will be pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science. His college education is sponsored by NSS SRCC.
In lieu of project Sanskar, NSS SRCC also launched Udaan- a campaign aimed at equipping all the children educated under Project Sanskar with all that they need to soar high and touch the sky- from mentorship to financial aid. The campaign hopes to place the bright minds in Project Sanskar at an equal footing with children across the world.
These days, “stay home stay safe” is a common hashtag, but staying home isn’t safe for everyone- or for that matter, it never was. Highlighting this diversity in experiences, NSS SRCC launched “LIVING OUT LOUD!”, a weekly post series with a steady stream of stories that chronicle the journey towards celebrating pride.
NSS SRCC also believes that open discourse will help us all better our understanding of gender identities and sexual orientations, and will eventually lead to a more inclusive society. We interviewed renowned LGBTQIA+ influencer, Indian Drag Performer, “Alex Mathew aka Maya” and Anwesh Sahoo (Mr. Gay World India 2016) in the month of June.
On September 6, 2018, a historic judgment was passed by the Supreme Court which decriminalized homosexuality in India. To mark its second anniversary, NSS SRCC organised an event ‘Jashn-Ae-Pyar – Let’s Celebrate Love’ as a way of not only celebrating free love but also acknowledging the long journey that lies ahead. NSS SRCC also launched the “Rainbow Horizon” , a publication with a range of articles, interviews and stories representing the various aspects related to the lives of people from the queer community, their views and the stereotypes prevalent in the society about them.
The year also saw Assam battle a flood of epic proportions. NSS SRCC collaborated with The All Assamese Students’ Association,New Delhi and helped in the initiation of a Flood Donation Drive for Assam to help distribute essential items in flood affected areas.
NSS SRCC organised an online fundraising event ‘Nawaazish: Offering Smiles’ on 24 September, which is also observed as ‘NSS Day’ annually. The event was an endeavour to make a difference, however little that might seem, in the lives of our fellow citizens who are in distress today. This unprecedented situation has been tough on all of us, however, there’s no denying that the less privileged sections of our society are bearing the brunt of it. The amount raised through this fundraiser was used to provide internet services and digital resources to the students under Project Sanskar and to provide basic amenities to the underprivileged community that NSS SRCC has adopted under Project Kali.
NSS SRCC recently got an opportunity to work in collaboration with the Aarohi Foundation from 8th to 13th January 2021. The work was conducted on-field in village Satoli, Post Peora District, Nainital. We successfully worked on various fundraising activities, performed flashmob and street plays and took up research oriented initiatives.
And now, with a heart for service and an intent to spread endless joy and warmth, NSS SRCC proudly presents “SAMARPAN’21 – Ek Kadam Aarohi Ki Ore”, our annual fest that will offer you an opportunity to experience selfless love, up-close! SAMARPAN’21 will be held on 27 and 28 February, 2021 on your zoom screens. We are glad to announce our association with AAROHI and all the proceeds from the funds raised through SAMARPAN’21 will be channelled towards providing quality healthcare and education, empowering local women, prompting sustainable development and reviving traditional culture and practices.
We invite you to partake in our endeavor to reach greater heights and make a tangible difference in the society as we carry forward our motto of ‘Not Me But You’!