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.


Upcoming programs for September - October 2021:

  1. Distribution of old clothes among slum dwellers on 22nd September.
  2. NSS Day celebration:
  3. Online program on 23rd September from 5:30 pm:
    1. Inaugural speech by Prof. Krishna Roy, Principal, Bethune College.
      Lecture on 'A general awareness about Dengue and its controlling measures'. Speaker: Dr. Hiroj Kumar Saha, Assistant Professor, Department of Zoology, Bethune College.  View Flyer
    2. Online poster competition for NSS students on 24th September. Topic of the poster will be provided on the day of the event.
  4. Distribution of new clothes to the children of Nalta Arindam Welfare Society on 4th October, 2021.

Recent Programmes

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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