History of NSS

The National Service Scheme (NSS) is an Indian government-sponsored public service program conducted by the Department of Youth Affairs and Sports of the Government of India. Popularly known as NSS, the scheme was launched in Mahatma Gandhi's Centenary year, i.e. 1969. Aimed at developing student's personality through community service, NSS is a voluntary association of young people in Colleges and Universities. The NSS motto, very aptly is "NOT ME BUT YOU".

NSS Unit of the College

The NSS unit of Bethune College was formalized in 2006. The College maintains a very active NSS unit. The work done by the unit is divided into two subcategories -
  1. General Programmes - Those that are conducted throughout the year like various awareness programmes, blood donation camps, health camps, planting saplings, etc. These are mandatory activities that need to be performed by any NSS unit.
  2. Special Programmes - Special camps are organised generally on various developmental issues of national importance. They take up various programmes to promote the various national schemes currently prevalent. For e.g., one of the most important on-going scheme is "BetiBachao, BetiPadhao", to generate awareness and improve the efficiency of welfare services intended for girls in India.

Recent Programmes

NSS Events 2022-2023


Weeklong Orientation Program

A weeklong NSS orientation program is organised from 22.11.2022 to 25.11.2022 by the UG Sem3 and Sem5 nss volunteers for UG sem1 students.

Dengue Awareness Rally

Bethune College NSS volunteers have participated in a Dengue Awareness Rally conducted by Calcutta University from Deshbandhu College to Basanti Devi College on 11.11.2022.

NSS Day Celebration : 24 Sep 2022

NSS Day is celebrated with "Rehearse Clean and Green" activity inside the college premises in collaboration with Bethune College Students' Committee on 21.09.2022 and "Swacchata" activities inside and outside the college on 24.09.2022.
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Stagnant Water removal activity : 20 Aug 2022

Stagnant Water removal activity was performed by NSS Volunteers inside the college campus on 20.08.2022 to reduce dengue and malaria inside the college campus.

Sapling Distribution on Bethune Day and Banmahotsav : 12 Aug 2022

Sapling Distribution by NSS on 12.08.2022

New Cloth distribution to Orphanage for Durga Puja

New clothes, stationaries, groceries and fruits were distributed to the 50 children of the orphanage, Nalta Arindam Welfare Society, Dumdum by the NSS unit Bethune College for the upcoming Contributions were made by the faculty members of the college.

World Environment Day Celebration

Students from NSS and Student Activity Cell participated in the "World Environment Day" Program and Quiz contest at Science City Auditorium on 5th June, 2022 organized by West Bengal Pollution Board

NSS Volunteers have planted saplings also at their home to celebrate the day.

Participation in NSS Workshop

12 NSS Volunteers were participated in "One-day NSS workshop" organized by Ramakrishna Mission, Swami Vivekananda's ancestral house and cultural centre on 12th May, 20222.

Old cloth distribution

Old clothes were handed over to Dr. Kumkum Chattopdhyay, Ex-Associate Professor and Allumna, Bethuna College and member of Sukanta Pally Aponojon society on 12.05.2022. The clothes were further distributed by the society to children and women of Chanpur, Korapara village, Hooghly.

Thalassemia Awareness Program

A seminar on 'Thalassemia Awareness' was organized in collaboration with Rotary Club of Ganga Heritage and NSS Unit, Surendranath College, Kolkata on 23.04. The speaker was Dr. Ramendu Hom Chaudhury, MS Specialization Orthopaedic Sri Aurobindo Seva Kendra.

Orientation Program

Orientation Program was organized on 21.04.2022 for UG Semester II Volunteers. Speaker was Prof. Krishna Roy, Principal, Bethune College, Kolkata

Old cloth distribution

Old clothes were distributed among street dwellers of Bidhan Sarani on 11.04.2022 from 3:00 p.m.

NSS Events 2021-2022

NSS special Camp for the session 2021-22

A seven day Special Camp was organized commencing from 08.03.2022 to 14.03.2022. Forty seven student volunteers from UG Semester-IV were participated in the Camp at Bethune college and Swikriti Sangha Club, Goabagan, Kolkata 700006. The programs include seminars, slum visit, awareness programs, organic manure production, campus cleanliness drive and heath camp.

NSS Events Nov - December 2021

Workshop on Bratachari

An offline workshop was arranged by the Bengal Bratachari Society in collaboration with NSS unit for the Bratachari students of the college on 15.12.2021 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.

Human Right's Day Celebration

NSS Volunteers have displayed some posters on Human Right's Day Celebration in College on 14th December, 2021.

Seminar on 'General Awareness about Female Reproductive Health'

Student's Activity cell in association with NSS unit have organised a seminar on General Awareness about Female Reproductive Health on 2nd December, 2021 from 2:00 - 3:30 p.m. Eminent Gynecologist and Medical director of Birth and Gynoscopy, Dr. Goutam Khastagir was the speaker on the above occasion.

Breast Awareness Program

The NSS unit of Scottish Church College have jointly organized a Breast Awareness Webinar with the NSS unit of Bethune College in collaboration with HCG EKO Cancer Centre on 7th December, 2021 from 4:30 pm onwards. View Flyer

World AIDS Day Celebration

An AIDS awareness program was arranged on 1st December from from 2:00 - 3:30 p.m. in collaboration with Rotary Club of Ganga Heritage, Kolkata. Dr. Sumit Poddar, renowned Virlogist have shared his views on this occasion.

Awareness Program on College Biodiversity

On 29th and 30th November (Monday and Tuesday) an awareness program on college biodiversity was organized for the NSS volunteers by the NSS unit in collaboration with Department of Botany. The faculties have shared their knowledge on the medicinal plant garden and the biodiversity of the college Placards were posted for the plants to be maintained by the NSS unit.

Campus cleaning and Maintenance drive

On 23rd November (Tuesday) the NSS unit have organized a campus cleaning and maintenance drive.

World Toilet Day

On 22nd November (Monday) the NSS unit have organized a toilet cleaning and maintenance drive to celebrate World Toilet Day. Poster with Toilet Rules were prepared by the NSS volunteers and circulated and posted on student toilets of the college.

Distribution of new clothes to Orphanage

The NSS Unit of Bethune College have distributed new clothes among the 51 children of the 'Nalta Arindam Welfare Society' before Durga Puja on 4th October, 2021. Stationaries (copies, pen, pencil, color) and food were also provided to the children by the faculty members of the college.

NSS Day celebration

An online program was organized for the NSS volunteers on 23rd September, 2021 from 5:30 pm. Inaugural speech was given by Prof. Krishna Roy, Principal, Bethune College. Dr. Hiroj Kumar Saha, Assistant Professor, Department of Zoology, Bethune College delivered a lecture on 'A general awareness about Dengue and its controlling measure'. An online poster competition on the topic "Pandemic, Poverty and Starvation: A socio-economic impact of COVID-19" was also organised for the NSS volunteers on 24th September to celebrate NSS Day.

Distribution of old clothes

Old clothes were distributed among the slum dwellers of Bidhan Sarani on 22nd September, 2021.

Distribution of stationeries to the school children of the street dwellers 2021

On 25th August 2021 an initiative has been taken by the NSS unit of the college to distribute stationeries (copies, pen, pencil, color) to the school going children of the street dwellers in front of the college gate.

75th Independence Day Observation 2021

This year the NSS unit actively organized and participated in the independence day. The flag hoisting programme was followed by a short plantation programme by honourable Principal madam, TCS, teaching and non-teaching staffs to commemorate the 75th independence day of our nation. Sanitizer, mask, soap and biscuits were distributed to the slum dwellers in front of the college gate. Also to know about the present vaccination and COVID status of the teaching and non-teaching staffs, the NSS members have initiated a vaccination record drive.

Bethune Day and Banmahotsav 2021

This year NSS have taken the responsibility of the Banmahotsav programme on 12th August 2021, Bethune Day Celebration. Shrubs like Lagerstroemia speciosa, Hibiscus, Ixora, Amla plants were planted in the college premises.

Certificate Course in Bratachari

NSS unit of Bethune College is conducting a Certificate Course for interested students on 'Bratachari' in collaboration with Bengal Bratachari Samiti. The program has been initiated by the Special Secretary, Higher Education Department and Bethune College has been selected as the 1st college for such venture. Introductory lecture was organised on 12th June, 2021, from 5p.m. Classes have started from 10th July 2021 and going to occur on every Saturday.
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World Environment Day 2021

On the occasion of World Environment Day, (05.06.2021) posters (on environmental awareness) were made by the students of Bethune College. View Posters created by students of  NSS unit

সংবেদ, the e-magazine created by the students of History department on environmental issues in association with NSS Unit Bethune College for World Environment Day 2021  View magazine

Orientation Programme for UG Sem-2 Students

On 04.06.2021 an Orientation Programme was organised for the UG- semester 2 students. Dr Lina Sen, delivered a wonderful speech highlighting the importance of NSS activities for the students.

Workshop on
'Bratachari, the Famous Cultural Practice in West Bengal'

NSS unit of Bethune college continues Green initiative by distributing saplings to the members of Bengal Bratachari Society. An Workshop was organised on 24.04.2021 by NSS Unit, Bethune College in collaboration with Bengal Bratachari Society for Physical and Mental Skill Development of the Faculty Members and Non-teaching Staff.

Old Cloth Distribution

On 12.04.2021, old clothes were distributed among the pavement dwellers from the college campus.

Visit to an Orphanage

An orphanage 'Nalta Arindam Welfare Society' was visited by the NSS Unit of Bethune College along with other faculty members on 05.03.2021. Food was distributed to the children residing there on behalf of the unit.

Boi Katha Kao, A mini book Fair

On 18.02.2021, a mini bookfair 'Boi Kotha Kao' (Hummimgbooks) was arranged in the Central Hall of the college. Along with many booksellers and publishers from outside, NSS Unit Bethune college, donated old and new books. Some stationeries were also distributed to the street children on that day.

Republic Day Celebration

On 26.01.2021, Republic Day was celebrated in the college.

NSS Outreach Programme 2

The NSS Unit of Bethune College organized a programme on 15th December,2020. It was held in Centenary Hall of Kadambini Bhaban. Keeping in mind the Covid situation, two representatives from an orphanage house, 'Nalta Arindam Welfare Society', situated in Dumdum Cantonment area were invited. Old but usable clothes were handed over to them so that they can distribute these clothes among needy people. Around 50 children live there. Some food items like cake, chocolates etc. were sent for their refreshments.

Bethune Day and Banmahotsav Celebration

Bethune Day and Banmahotsav was celebrated at the college campus on 12.08.2020. Bethune statue was honoured and a tribute was paid in front of Bethune Plaque by the teachers and staffs of the college. This programme was followed by Banomahotsab ceremony. The Principal along with teachers and non-teaching members, NSS members and the Alumni participated by planting saplings donated by the Alumni Association.

Yoga for Health-Yoga at Home

International Yoga Day is celebrated every year on 21st June. The theme was "Yoga for Health-Yoga at Home". Considering the prevailing situation the United Nations suggested this theme. The NSS Unit of Bethune College celebrated the occasion through the posters prepared by NSS volunteers on 21.06.2020. These posters depict different asanas and describe their benefits.
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NSS Outreach Programme 1

The NSS unit of Bethune College jointly with the NGO, Nalta Arindam Welfare Society extended its support to the poor and downtrodden people. Specially, the children of Bamangachi, Sajerhat and Sundarban were given baby food and other food items. Nalta Arindam Welfare Society took initiative to distribute them among those people. These activities took place from 6th May to 14th May 2020.
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COVID-19 Awareness Posters by NSS Students

Student Volunteers of the NSS unit of Bethune College prepared Awareness Posters for COVID-19 during the lockdown period, March-April, 2020
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