Mangaluru: The NSS unit of St.Aloysius ITI, Mangalore for the academic year 2019-20 was inaugurated on 14th December 2019 at college auditorium at 10 A.M. The inauguration began by hoisting NSS flag by Chief guest, Mr. Divakar Shetty, H.O.D Dept.of Automobile Engg, S.N.M. Polytechnic Sunkadakatte with great honor in our premises.
The National Service Scheme popularly known as NSS, the scheme was launched in Mahatma Gandhi Centenary year 1969 and aimed at developing students’ personality through community service. The objective of National Service is educational and is attained through the service to the community. The symbol for the NSS has been based on the giant Rath Wheel of the world-famous Konark Sun Temple (The Black Pagoda) situated in Odisha, India. It signifies the movement in life across time and space, the symbol thus stands for continuity as well as change and implies the continuous striving of NSS for social change. It is for the benefit of the students and their service to the community, that the St.Aloysius ITI, Mangalore took the initiative to establish an NSS unit.
The formal programme commenced by the blessing of the almighty God with a prayer conducted by Sewing Technology students. Later Mr. Vatan Bhandary, NSS coordinator, President escorted the dignitaries to the dais. Mr.Kiran D’Souza, Programme Officer extended a cordial welcome to the dignitaries. Rev. Fr Cyril D Mello SJ, Director of the institution presided over the function. The other dignitaries on the dais were Mr. Alwyn Menezes, Vice Principal; Mr. Noel Lobo, Training Officer. Mr.Roshan D’Souza, the principal gave a brief introduction to the National Service Scheme(NSS) wherein 105 NSS vounteers from different trades have registered for their service to the community. The programme was formally inaugurated by lighting the lamp by the dignitaries. NSS pledge was taken by the NSS coordinators and volunteers which was conducted by Mr. John D’Souza, Programme Officer. Mr. Kiran D’Souza introduced the newly elected NSS leader; Vatan Bhandary as President and Kavitha as Secretary and other office-bearers.
Later NSS Prayer was sung by the NSS volunteers. Mr. Divakar Shetty, Chief guest addressing the gathering said “ the main objective of NSS is “Not me but you”, hence NSS volunteer have to be ready for any emergency service. He gave an insight into various activities to be conducted through NSS such as Social Awareness, Orientation on Social and Health issues, Education, Environment, Health, National integration, Plastic collection, campus cleaning, Donating Blood, etc. Joining NSS for a certificate is of no use, instead of being an NSS volunteer how much you have gained and given to the community is more important. By being an NSS volunteer you can learn to be well disciplined, have time sense, get adjusted with other volunteers, have self-confidence, develop your personality, have the ability to give a speech . He also mentioned by making mistakes, we get experience and by the experience, we can reduce the mistakes. By the NSS program, we have to give service to the nation.”
In his presidential address, Rev Fr. Cyril D’mello SJ, Director of the institution addressing said “ In this cooperate world or society no one is given free service, everything has to be paid. In the present world, we should not only expect from the society but also give back to society, hence NSS volunteers should be active at any time for their service to the community. He said the main objective of St. Aloysius Institutions is “ we prepare men and women for others” , hence an NSS volunteer has to work for the progress of the society and not for any personal gain.”
Vatan Bhandary, President, NSS coordinator proposed the Vote of thanks. The function was compered by NSS volunteer, Reeyon Prathwil D’Souza.
The programme concluded by the NSS song sung by all the NSS volunteers.