The National Service Scheme (NSS) of BVM HCC undertakes various programmes for the skill development of the students and inculcates a sense of social responsibility among the students. The Motto of National Service Scheme is “Not Me But You”. This expresses the essence of democratic living and upholds the need for selfless service. It underlines that the welfare of an individual depends on the welfare of the society as a whole.


  • To work with people, especially in rural areas.
  • To engage in creative and constructive social action especially for the weaker sections.
  • To gain skill in the exercise of democratic leadership.
  • To gain skills in programme development to enable him/her for self-employment.
  • To bridge the gap between the educated and the uneducated masses.

Faculty Coordinators

Mr. Jibin Alex
Ms. Sherin Joseph

Latest Events

Environment Day Celebration
Reading day Celebration @ govt up school chemplavu
June 19- Book Donation Programme

On June 19, 2024, the National Service Scheme (NSS) unit of Bishop Vayalil Memorial Holy Cross College, Cherpunkal, organized the ‘Give Books, Shape Futures’ programme at Government U.P School Chempilavu. The event commenced at 10:30 AM with a welcome speech by Mr. Jibin Alex, the NSS programme officer. This initiative aimed to enhance high school students’ reading habits and promote the importance of reading within the student community. The books, containing a diverse range of stories, poems, and general awareness topics, were collected from the students of the college on June 7, 2024. These donated books were officially handed over to Ms. Bindu Biju, the school headmistress in charge, by Mr. Jibin Alex and Ms. Sherin Joseph, NSS programme officers, along with the volunteers.
The event also featured various reading competitions to engage the students and cultivate a love for reading. This programme is expected to have a lasting impact on the students by providing them with valuable resources and fostering a culture of reading. The NSS unit’s efforts were well-received, highlighting the community’s commitment to educational development and the betterment of student life. The collaboration between the college and the school underscored the importance of community involvement in educational initiatives.

June 5- Inauguration of Green Thump Project

On June 5, 2024, at 10:30 AM, the National Service Scheme (NSS) and Green Club of Bishop Vayalil Memorial Holy Cross College Cherpunkal inaugurated the ‘Green Thump’ Project at Cherpunkal. The project aimes to foster an eco-friendly living environment and raise awareness among students about nature conservation. The chief guest, Ms. Manjusree, Agricultural Officer of Kozhuvanal Grama Panchayat, graced the occasion with her presence. NSS Programme Officer Mr. Jibin Alex welcomed all, followed by a presidential address by the principal, Rev. Dr. Baby Sebastian, highlighting the importance of environmental protection.
The inauguration was marked by the planting of a sapling by Ms. Manjusree, symbolizing the beginning of the project. Following this, 39 enthusiastic NSS volunteers, along with the Green Club members, actively participated by planting saplings at various locations in Cherpunkal, contributing to the greening of the community.. The programme was meticulously coordinated by NSS Programme Officers Jibin Alex and Sherin Joseph, along with Green Club Coordinators Janson Varghese and Diviamol Thomas, ensuring the smooth execution of the event. The initiative not only promoted environmental stewardship but
also instilled a sense of responsibility towards nature among the students

Events @ 2023-2024

March 26- Legal Awareness Class

On 26th March 2024, the NSS unit of BVM Holy Cross College, Cherpunkal, organized a comprehensive legal awareness class for NSS volunteers. The aim of the session was to empower the volunteers with essential legal knowledge relevant to their roles as active members of society and community service providers. The legal awareness class was facilitated by the students of MSW 2nd year, who served as resource persons for the session. Their expertise and insights added significant value to the learning experience for the NSS volunteers. The resource persons were: Ms. Anita Abraham, Mr. Ashish Emmanuel, Mr. Bobychan James and Mr. Jophy Alex.

The session covered a range of important legal topics pertinent to social service and community engagement. Some of the key areas discussed included: rights and responsibilities of citizens under the Indian Constitution, fundamental rights and duties and legal provisions related to social issues such as child rights, women’s rights, and environmental protection. The legal awareness class proved to be highly beneficial for the NSS volunteers, equipping them with essential legal literacy crucial for their community service initiatives. Understanding legal frameworks and rights empowers volunteers to navigate social issues more effectively and advocate for positive change within their communities

March 25- Laying Foundation Stone for ‘Snehaveedu 5’

On 25th March 2024, the foundation stone for ‘Snehaveedu 5’ was laid. This noble initiative was undertaken by the NSS unit of BVM College in association with the K Chittilapally Foundation, aiming to provide housing for underprivileged families in the community. The stone-laying ceremony was conducted under the able leadership of the College Principal, Rev. Dr. Baby Sebastian. The event witnessed active involvement from NSS Program Officers Jibin Alex and Sherin Joseph, whose dedication and guidance have played a pivotal role in advancing the construction of ‘Snehaveedu 5.  

The beneficiary of ‘Snehaveedu 5’ is Mr. Jayesh Gopi, a resident of Kezhuvamkulam, whose family comprises his mother, wife, and 8-year-old daughter. The provision of a safe and secure home through this initiative will significantly impact their quality of life, providing them with a sense of stability and hope for a better future. The ‘Snehaveedu’ project holds profound significance as it embodies the spirit of compassion and solidarity within the community. By addressing the housing needs of deserving families like Mr. Jayesh Gopi’s, it not only uplifts individual lives but also fosters a sense of collective responsibility towards societal welfare.

March 14- 20- National Integration Camp

From 14th March to 20th March 2024, a team of dedicated NSS volunteers from various colleges affiliated with Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam, had the privilege of participating in the NSS National Integration Camp held at Karnataka State Rural Development and Panchayat Raj University in Gadag, Karnataka. The contingent was led by Mr. Jibin Alex,  the NSS Programme Officer of BVM Holy Cross College, Cherpunkal, as the contingent leader representing Kerala State.

The contingent led by the NSS Programme Officer included 10 enthusiastic volunteers from different colleges under Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam. Their active participation and commitment to the NSS ideals of social service, community engagement, and national integration were commendable throughout the camp.

During the National Integration Camp, participants engaged in various activities and workshops aimed at fostering unity, understanding diversity, and promoting social harmony. Workshops on cultural exchange, community development, environmental conservation, and leadership skills were conducted, providing valuable learning experiences for all participants. Participating in the NSS National Integration Camp left a lasting impact on the volunteers, enhancing their sense of social responsibility, cultural awareness, and national unity. The camp provided a platform for sharing best practices, exchanging ideas, and collaborating on community-focused initiatives that can be implemented back in their respective regions.

The experience gained and lessons learned during the camp will undoubtedly contribute to the personal growth of volunteers as responsible citizens and active contributors to societal welfare.

March 11- Vegetable Harvesting

On 11th March 2024, the NSS unit of BVM Holy Cross College, Cherpunkal, organized a fruitful vegetable harvesting event in the college’s well-maintained vegetable garden. The event aimed to promote sustainable living practices, educate participants about agriculture, and contribute to community welfare through fresh produce. The harvesting event was inaugurated by Dr. VV Georgekutty, the Dean of Studies at BVM Holy Cross College. The presence of esteemed dignitaries added significance to the occasion, including: Dr. Baby Sebastian, Principal of BVM Holy Cross College, Mr. Jibin Alex and Ms. Sherin Joseph, NSS Programme Officers and dedicated NSS volunteers. 

The harvesting event commenced with a brief introduction highlighting the importance of organic farming, sustainable agriculture, and the role of community participation. NSS volunteers, under the guidance of NSS Programme Officers, actively engaged in harvesting ripe vegetables such as beans, cucumber, and leafy greens. The event also served as an educational platform, allowing participants to learn about crop cycles, harvesting techniques, and the nutritional benefits of freshly harvested vegetables.

February 28- Cancer Awareness Programme

The Cancer Awareness Programme, organized by the NSS Unit of Bishop Vayalil Memorial Holy Cross College Cherpunkal, proved to be a significant endeavor in spreading awareness about the prevention and management of cancer. Held on February 28, 2024, at the C1 Classroom, at 3:00 Pm ,the event attracted 45 NSS volunteers eager to learn from the insights provided by the resource person, Diya Dileep, a Social Work Trainee at the college. The  programme was  coordinated by the NSS Programme Officers , Mr. Jibin Alex and Ms. Sherin Joseph.

Diya Dileep’s expertise as a Social Work Trainee provided valuable insights into the impact of cancer on individuals and communities, emphasizing the role of awareness in prevention and support. Through interactive discussions and informative presentations, participants gained a deeper understanding of the various types of cancer, risk factors, and preventive measures. Moreover, the program served as a platform for fostering empathy and solidarity among the volunteers, encouraging them to become advocates for cancer awareness and support within their communities. Overall, the Cancer Awareness Programme exemplified the college’s commitment to social responsibility and equipping its students with the knowledge and skills to make a positive impact in society.

February 14 – Orientation on Organic Farming

The “Orientation on Organic Farming,” organized by the NSS Unit in collaboration with the Green Club of Bishop Vayalil Memorial Holy Cross College, Cherpunkal, was a pivotal event held on February 14, 2024, at the Academic Theatre at 1:30 pm. Dr. Lini L Alpappat, the esteemed resource person and Head of the Department of Sustainable Agriculture at St. Thomas College Pala, graced the occasion with her expertise. A diverse cohort of 80 participants, including NSS volunteers, Green Club members, and students from St. Thomas College Pala, convened with a shared enthusiasm to delve into the realm of organic farming.

NSS Programme Officer Sherin Joseph warmly welcomed Dr. Lini L Alpappat, setting a hospitable tone for the informative session. Dr. Alpappat provided valuable insights into the principles and techniques of organic farming, emphasizing its significance in promoting environmental sustainability. During her presentation, she delved into the core principles that underpin organic farming, elucidating how these practices contribute to environmental sustainability. She likely discussed methods such as crop rotation, composting, and natural pest control, highlighting how these techniques work in harmony with nature to maintain soil fertility, conserve water, and minimize pollution.Furthermore, Dr. Alpappat likely discussed the broader environmental benefits of organic farming beyond the agricultural context. This could include reduced greenhouse gas emissions, conservation of biodiversity and wildlife habitats, and protection of water quality through reduced chemical runoff. She  urged the younger generation to participate in organic farming while elaborating on governmental programs designed to bolster support for organic agriculture .

 Following the engaging presentation, students from St. Thomas College took the initiative to further spread awareness by conducting an exhibition of informational charts. This interactive display not only reinforced the concepts discussed but also inspired attendees to adopt more environmentally friendly approaches to farming and food production. The Orientation on Organic Farming thus served as a platform for education, collaboration, and advocacy towards a more sustainable future.

February 8- Key Handover Ceremony of Snehaveedu 1

The Snehaveed Project-1’s key handover ceremony, held at Chempilavu on February 8, 2024, at 11:00 am, marked a significant milestone in the collaborative efforts of the NSS unit of Bishop Vayalil Memorial Holy Cross College Cherpunkal and the K Chittilapally Foundation. Addressing the dire housing conditions of Biju and his family, the project aimed to provide them with a new dwelling conducive to a decent living environment. Their old house was unsuitable for living due to a myriad of challenges, and the volunteers recognized the urgency to act. Through mutual funding and manual labor contributions from NSS volunteers, a new 491 sqft house was constructed to replace the inadequate dwelling.

Under the leadership of Rev. Dr. Baby Sebastian, the college principal, and the guidance of Mr. Jibin Alex and Ms. Sherin Joseph, the key handover ceremony celebrated not only the completion of the construction but also the spirit of compassion and community service. With 65 NSS volunteers actively participating, the event symbolized the collective effort and dedication invested in improving the lives of others. This ceremony not only signifies the successful completion of a tangible project but also serves as a reminder of the power of collaborative initiatives in creating positive social impact and fostering empathy within society.The meeting of the key handover ceremony was conducted in front of the newly constructed house, setting a poignant backdrop for the event. Jibin Alex, the NSS Programme Officer, delivered a warm welcome speech, extending gratitude to all participants for their dedication and contributions. Greeting and blessings from Dr. E N Sivadasan were extended through online mode, adding an extra layer of warmth and support to the occasion. Despite not being physically present, Dr. Sivadasan’s heartfelt sentiments contributed to the sense of unity and goodwill surrounding the key handover ceremony. Following this, the principal delivered the presidential address and handed over the key to Biju’s family, marking the beginning of their new chapter. After that the traditional ritual of boiling milk (Paal Kachal) was conducted, further fostering a sense of community and celebration among all attendees.

January 26- Sneharamam

On January 26, 2024, at 10:30 am, the Sneharam project was inaugurated, marking a significant initiative in environmental conservation. As part of the Malinya Muktam Navakeralam camp, NSS volunteers from Bishop Vayalil Memorial Holy Cross College initiated the Sneharam project in Mutholy Panchath . The project commenced with the removal of garbage and the plantation of trees along the Kadapattur twelfth-mile bypass roadside. Ranjith G Meenabhavan, the President of Mutholy Grama Panchayath, inaugurated the project, while Ward member Siju C S presided over the ceremony. The event was led by College Principal Rev. Dr. Baby Sebastian, with the participation of VEO Ajith Kumar and NSS Program Officers Jibin Alex and Sherin Joseph, underscoring a collaborative effort for a cleaner and greener environment.

January 24- Blood Donation Camp

 On January 24, 2024, the NSS Unit of BVM Holy Cross College, Cherpunkal, in collaboration with Cherpunkal Mar Sleeva Medicity, organized a successful Blood Donation Camp at A13 Classroom. The event, inaugurated by the esteemed College Principal, Rev. Dr. Baby Sebastian, commenced at 10:00 am. The camp, held under the guidance of medical professionals from Mar Sleeva Medicity, witnessed the the donation of blood by 50 individuals, comprising both teachers, NSS volunteers and students. NSS Program Officers Jibin Alex, Sherin Joseph, NSS volunteer Secretary Angel Shyju, and dedicated NSS volunteers played instrumental roles in ensuring the smooth execution of the camp. This initiative not only underscored the college’s commitment to community welfare but also contributed significantly to the noble cause of blood donation.

January 23- Laying Foundation stone for ‘Snehaveedu 4’

 On January 23, 2024, at 10:00 am,we laid the foundation stone for ‘Snehaveedu 4’.It is the  fourth house construction project by   NSS Unit of Bishop Vayalil Memorial Holy Cross College Cherpunkal in association with the  K Chittilappilly Foundation for poor people. A portion of the fund is provided by the K Chittilappally Foundation and the rest  of the fund will be raised by NSS Volunteers . NSS volunteers will actively engage in various stages of building the house, including tasks such as levelling the land and erecting walls.

                        The ‘Snehaveedu  4’ undertaken by NSS volunteers, is taking shape on a piece of land generously provided by the Padua Church. The stone-laying ceremony was done under the leadership of the College Principal Rev. Dr. Baby Sebastian, Padua Church Vicar Rev. Fr. Thomas Olayathil, Ward Member Mathukutty Antony, and Binu MB, the Head of the Computer Science Department. The event was further enriched by the active involvement of NSS Program Officers Jibin Alex and Sherin Joseph, along with dedicated NSS volunteers, who are diligently progressing the construction of four Snehaveedu under the guidance of the BVM Holy Cross College NSS Unit.

December 20- Certificate Distribution Ceremony

On the auspicious occasion of the Certificate Distribution Ceremony for NSS Volunteers spanning the years 2021-2023, the event unfolded on December 20, 2023, at 3:00 pm in the Smart Classroom. Reverend Dr. Baby Sebastian Thonikuzhi, our esteemed Principal, graced the ceremony as the Chief Guest. A distinguished group of 25 NSS Volunteers, who met the eligibility criteria, were honored with certificates during this significant gathering. These certificates, sanctioned by the Mahatma Gandhi University National Service Scheme, were bestowed upon volunteers who had dedicated 240 hours to voluntary service and partaken in a 7-day special camping programme.

he commencement of the programme was marked by a cordial welcome speech by the NSS Programme Officer, Mr. Jibin Alex. Subsequently, Reverend Dr. Baby Sebastian Thonikuzhi, the Chief Guest, delivered an inspirational message to the volunteers and personally distributed the certificates. An eloquent felicitation address ensued, presented by Mr. Jibin Alex. The proceedings gracefully concluded by 3:30 pm, with the expression of gratitude encapsulated in the vote of thanks, delivered by the NSS Programme Officer, Ms. Sherin Joseph

December 6- My Bharat Portal Registration

On December 6, 2023, at 3:30 PM, a significant event unfolded at BVM Holy Cross College, Cherpunkal – the My Bharat Portal Registration for NSS Volunteers. This initiative, spearheaded by the Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports, aims to empower Indian youth through social mobility, educational equity, and practical skills. The event saw the enthusiastic participation of 50 NSS volunteers.
The programme commenced with a comprehensive explanation and demonstration of the registration procedure by Mr. Jibin Alex and Ms. Sherin Joseph, the NSS Programme Officers. They provided insightful details about the My Bharat initiative, emphasizing its role in fostering social mobility and educational equity.
Following the informative session, all 50 volunteers actively engaged in the registration process on the My Bharat portal using their mobile phones. The hands-on experience allowed them to navigate the portal, understand its features, and successfully register themselves. The portal’s interface was user-friendly, and the NSS Programme Officers provided assistance to any volunteer requiring guidance. The volunteers exhibited eagerness and efficiency during the registration, highlighting their commitment to staying connected with national initiatives and contributing to the overarching goals of empowerment and skill development.

December 4- Aids Day Observance

In commemoration of World AIDS Day, the National Service Scheme (NSS) of BVM Holy Cross College organized a comprehensive awareness programme for NSS volunteers on 4th Dec 2023. Mr. Jibin Alex,the NSS PO social work trainer took the class. The event aimed to educate and raise awareness about HIV/AIDS, emphasizing the role of NSS volunteers in disseminating information, combating stigma, and promoting preventive measures within the community. The awareness class covered essential information about the transmission, prevention, and treatment of HIV/AIDS. The AIDS Day awareness programme significantly increased awareness among NSS volunteers about the nuances of HIV/AIDS, its prevalence, and preventive measures. Volunteers expressed a heightened sense of responsibility towards spreading accurate information within their communities.

November 1- Unity Day Observance

The Unity Rally and Pledge event organized by the NSS unit of BVM Holy Cross College Cherpunkal on November 1, 2023, in connection with the National Unity Day on October 31 , proved to be a resounding success. With the primary goal of fostering a sense of unity and solidarity among the participants, the event attracted a commendable turnout of 65 NSS Volunteers.
The programme commenced promptly at 10:30 am. Under the able coordination of Mr. Jibin Alex and Ms. Sherin Joseph, NSS Programme Officers, the Unity Rally was started from the BVM Holy Cross College Cherpunkl, after the inauguration of the programme by our principal Rev.Dr.Baby Sebastian Thonikuzhi.The volunteers, donned in their NSS attire, formed a vibrant and spirited procession as they paraded through the locality of Cherpunkal .
Following the rally, the participants gathered for the pledge ceremony at the college . The solemn occasion witnessed all 78 NSS Volunteers taking a collective pledge to uphold the principles of unity and work towards the betterment of society. The pledge served as a poignant reminder of the importance of unity in fostering a harmonious and inclusive community.
Addressing the gathering, Mr. Jibin Alex highlighted the significance of National Unity Day and the role each NSS Volunteer plays in promoting unity and communal harmony. Ms. Sherin Joseph, in her address, expressed her gratitude to the participants for their active involvement and dedication to the cause.
The Unity Rally and Pledge on National Unity Day successfully achieved its objective of instilling a sense of unity and shared responsibility among the NSS Volunteers. The event not only showcased the collective strength of the participants but also emphasized the role of NSS in nurturing socially responsible individuals. The active participation and commitment of the volunteers are indicative of the success and impact of such initiatives in building a united and cohesive society.

October 20- Sneha Veedu Project

The NSS Unit of BVM Holy Cross College organized a significant event on 20th October 2023 to mark the laying of the foundation stones for two houses constructed for underprivileged families. The project is part of the Snehaveedu of MGU NSS and K Chittilapally Home Project, aimed at providing sustainable housing solutions to those in need. The ceremony was graced by the presence of the college principal Rev. Dr. Baby Sebastian Thonnikuzhi , NSS volunteers, faculty members, and representatives from the local community. The beneficiaries of the project were Mr. Gokul and Mr. Narayanan. The primary objective of the project is to address the housing needs of economically disadvantaged families in the surrounding areas. The initiative aligns with the broader goals of the NSS, focusing on community development and social service.
Dr. Baby Sebastian Thonikuzhi, the principal emphasized the importance of community service and the role educational institutions play in societal development. He commended the NSS volunteers for their dedication and commitment to making a positive impact on the lives of the less fortunate. NSS volunteers played a pivotal role in the planning and execution of the entire project. The programme symbolized the beginning of a transformative journey for the families who will soon have a place to call home. The event was not just about constructing physical structures but building a sense of community and shared responsibility.

October 19- Scrap Collection Challenge

The National Service Scheme (NSS) organized a Scrap Collection Challenge as a unique fundraising initiative to support the ongoing home project. The challenge aimed not only to raise funds but also to promote environmental sustainability by recycling scrap materials. The primary objective of the Scrap Collection Challenge was twofold: to raise funds for the home project and to encourage responsible waste management practices. NSS volunteers actively engaged in collecting and recycling scrap materials, turning what might be considered waste into a valuable resource for a greater cause. The Scrap Collection Challenge organized by NSS volunteers not only achieved its primary fundraising goal for the home project but also had a positive impact on the community’s environmental consciousness.

October 18- Inauguration of Fish Pond

On 18th October 2023, the National Service Scheme (NSS) volunteers of BVM Holy Cross college, Cherpunkal, came together to inaugurate a newly established fish pond on the college campus. This not only promote environmental sustainability but also create economic opportunities. A total of 4000 fishes were introduced to the pond, with the primary objective of selling them and utilizing the proceeds for further NSS initiatives. Additionally, the fish harvested from the pond were intended for culinary purposes, contributing to community engagement. Dr. Baby Sebastian Thonnikuzhi, principal of the college inaugurated the fish pond. NSS volunteers actively participated in the inauguration, symbolically releasing the first batch of fishes into the pond. The ceremony showcased the commitment of the NSS to innovative projects that integrate sustainability with economic viability. By combining entrepreneurship with environmental stewardship, the project sets a precedent for future NSS projects and showcases the college’s commitment to holistic community development. As the project progresses, it is expected to contribute not only to the economic well-being of the NSS but also to the overall community engagement and sustainable practices within the college campus.

October 13- Two Day Orientation Programme for First Year NSS Volunteers

The National Service Scheme of BVM Holy Cross College, Cherpunkal conducted a comprehensive Two Days Orientation Programme for the incoming first-year NSS volunteers. The orientation aimed at providing an in-depth understanding of the history, regular activities, special camps, and opportunities available for NSS volunteers. Ms. Sherin Joseph, NSS PO was the resource person in the first day and Mr. Jibin Alex, NSS PO was the resource person in the second day. The orientation began with an insightful session on the history and evolution of the National Service Scheme. Volunteers were introduced to the vision, mission, and objectives of NSS, highlighting its role in community development, social service, and nation-building. Various regular NSS activities were discussed, emphasizing the importance of community engagement, cleanliness drives, health camps, and educational initiatives. Volunteers gained a comprehensive understanding of how these activities contribute to personal development and community welfare. The second day focused on special camps, an integral part of NSS activities. Volunteers were briefed about the planning, execution, and impact of special camps, which are extended community service programs organized to address specific social issues. Past successful special camps were showcased to inspire the newcomers. An enlightening session highlighted the diverse opportunities available for NSS volunteers. These include leadership training, skill development programs, and avenues for participation in national and international events. The session aimed at motivating volunteers to actively engage in NSS beyond the regular activities. The Two Days Orientation Programme proved to be an enriching experience for the first-year NSS volunteers. It not only laid the foundation for their journey in NSS but also instilled a sense of purpose and responsibility towards community service. The event concluded with a renewed enthusiasm among the volunteers, ready to embark on their NSS journey and contribute positively to society.

October 10- Mind Your Mind-Orientation & Assessment of Mental Health For NSS Volunteers

NSS unit of BVM Holy Cross College conducted Mental Health Orientation Class on October 10th 2023 in accordance with World Mental Health Day to raise awareness and promote understanding of mental health among NSS volunteers. Mr. Jibin Alex, Psychoatric social worker and NSS Programme officer was the resource person. The goal was to equip them with the knowledge and skills to support individuals facing mental health challenges and contribute to creating a more inclusive and supportive community. The session began with an introduction to the concept of mental health, emphasizing its importance in overall well-being. he orientation delved into various mental health disorders, dispelling myths and stereotypes associated with them. NSS volunteers were educated about the prevalence of mental health issues globally and locally. Practical tips and guidelines for providing immediate support to individuals in crisis were provided. The importance of active listening, empathy, and connecting individuals to professional help when needed was emphasized. The session fostered a supportive environment for open discussions about mental health and encouraged volunteers to actively contribute to the promotion of mental well-being within their communities. The impact of this orientation is expected to extend beyond the event, as NSS volunteers integrate their newfound knowledge into their service activities and daily interactions.

September 27- Swachh Bharat Abhiyan

The National Service Scheme (NSS) volunteers of BVM Holy Cross College, Cherpunkal undertook a Swachh Bharat Abhiyan cleanup campaign to observe Gandhi Jayanti, focusing on cleaning the roads and removing plastics from both roads and rivers on 27th September 2023. Under the leaderships of Programme officers Mr. Jibin Alex and Ms. Sherin joseph, the 33 volunteers were divided into teams and each assigned a specific area for cleanup. They utilized brooms, dustbins, and gloves to remove litter, sweep the roads, and ensure public spaces were spotless and appealing. A group of volunteers focused on cleaning nearby rivers. They used nets and gloves to remove plastics and debris from the water and its banks, ensuring a cleaner and safer environment.
The program not only paid homage to Mahatma Gandhi’s legacy but also contributed to the goals of the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan. It promoted cleanliness, responsible waste management which align with Gandhi’s principles of non-violence and cleanliness. This event exemplified the enduring spirit of NSS volunteers, who are committed to upholding the values of Mahatma Gan dhi and creating a cleaner and more sustainable India.

September 25- Quizzle

To mark the occasion of National Service Scheme Day, the NSS unit of BVM Holy Cross college organized a quiz competition for NSS volunteers on 25th September 2023. The primary objective of the NSS Day Quiz Competition was to foster a spirit of service, volunteerism, and knowledge among the volunteers and to create awareness about the NSS and its contributions to society. It aimed to test their knowledge on a wide range of topics while creating a sense of unity among them. The quiz competition was designed with one word answer questions. Questions were related to the history, aims and objectives of NSS, social issues, and government schemes. Fifty-five NSS volunteers participated for the competition. It was organised under the leadership of NSS Programme Officers Mr. Jibin Alex and Ms. Sherin Joseph.

September 22- Survey

The National Service Scheme (NSS) volunteers of BVM Holy Cross College conducted a comprehensive survey aimed at understanding about the youth engaged not in formal education or regular employment. Youth unemployment and not undergoing formal education are significant concerns in our society, affecting the prospects and well-being of young individuals. Recognizing this issue, NSS volunteers undertook a survey to identify the number of Youth in such conditions. The survey was conducted over a span of a week, employing offline data collection methods. A total of 20 respondents from diverse backgrounds and age groups were interviewed. The data which are collected are handed over to the MG University NSS cell. NSS Volunteers of BVM Holy Cross College actively took part in the survey and commented that it was an eye opener engagement for them to realize state of youngsters in our society.

September 11- Situation Analysis for Snehaveedu Project II & III

The NSS volunteers of BVM Holy Cross College along with Programme Officer Mr. Jibin Alex did a situation analysis of condition of house of a requestee with the aim of constructing a new house for the residents in that house as part of Snehaveedu project. The analysis included an overview of the current living conditions, the needs and preferences of the residents, as well as a financial assessment of the project. The objective was to ensure that the charity house is constructed to meet the specific needs of the residents, thereby improving their overall quality of life.
The NSS unit with the help of K Chittilapally Foundation have undertaken the noble initiative to construct a new house for the residents. The NSS volunteers found that the assessed house is currently in a dilapidated state. It consisted of poorly constructed building setup with that lacked proper ventilation and sanitation facilities. The residents faced challenges such as leaking roofs and inadequate heating during winters. It was found that the house does not meet the basic standards for a decent living environment. Therefore, the unit is planning to construct a house of 491 Sqft for them with their needs and preferences in mind, creating a place they can truly call home.

September 8 & 9- Two Day Residential Training Camp For NSS Volunteer Secretaries

The two day residential training camp for NSS Volunteer secretaries of Mahatma Gandhi University was held on 08 September 2023 at academic theatre of BVM Holy Cross College. 197 students from various colleges took part in this. The two day camp started with NSS Anthem followed by a welcome speech and introductory remark by Dr. EN Sivadasan, NSS Programme Coordinator of MG University. He introduced to volunteer secretaries on importance of such a camp and what they will gain from this two day camp. Sri. P Harikrishnan, Syndicate member of MG University took the floor after this to give presidential address. The Guest of honour of the day Prof. Dr. CT Aravindakumar, Vice Chancellor of MG University did official inauguration of the program by delivering inaugural address. He addressed students and briefed about contributions a NSS Volunteer can make in society. He all ensured all kinds of support in activities of NSS. Following this, Dr. RN Anzer, State NSS Officer who was also the guest of the day gave his address. The keynote address was delivered by Rev. Dr. Baby Sebastian Thonikuzhy, Principal of BVM Holy Cross College. He explained on activities of NSS in the college and appreciation coordinators for arranging such kind of a program in college. Felicitation address was given by Mr. Jobin George, NSS District Coordinator, Ernakulam. Mr. Jibin Alex, Programme officer of BVM College NSS wing gave his felicitation address and shared experiences he had as a NSS Volunteer during college days. Towards end of inaugural session, Vote of thanks was given by Dr. KR Ajish, NSS District Coordinator, Kottayam. The official inaugural session came to an end by 1.00pm and students were guided for lunch arranged in college.
As part of two day orientation on NSS, Programme officers from various districts took classes for students for the next two days and they emphasized on the aim and objectives of National Service Scheme. A proper guidance was given to students on NSS. By evening of 9th September, the programme came to an end with a valedictory function. Mr. Santhosh, regional director of NSS was the guest for Valedictory function.
The entire program helped to nurture and foster spirit of NSS in young budding volunteers and the two days was reflected as truly experiential. The programme was coordinated by the Dr. EN Sivadasan, NSS Coordinator of MG University, Principal of BVM College Dr. Baby Sebastian , and NSS Programme Officer Mr. Jibin Alex and Ms. Sherin Joseph.

August 26- Life Skill training

A Life Skills Training Programme was conducted for students of Government UP School, Chempilavu by NSS Unit of BVM Holy Cross college, Cherpunkal on 26 th August 2023. The programme aimed to equip students with essential life skills, including communication, problem-solving, decision-making, and motional intelligence of school students. The students belonged to Social Service Scheme unit of the school. Mr. Jibin Alex, NSS Programme Officer of BVM college was the resource person. Life skills are fundamental for the holistic development of students. This training program sought to equip school students with essential life skills, enabling them to navigate challenges, make informed decisions, and develop strong interpersonal relationships. Students demonstrated enhanced skills in areas such as communication, problem-solving, and decision-making, as observed during role-play exercises and group discussions. The programme has proven to be a valuable initiative in equipping school students with essential life skills.

August 25- Onam 2023 (Onam celebration at Adopted school)

Onam, the vibrant and culturally rich festival of Kerala, was celebrated with immense enthusiasm at our adopted school, Government UP school, Chempilavu by NSS volunteers on 25 th August 2023. Students from diverse backgrounds came together to partake in this festival, which not only celebrated the spirit of Onam but also promoted unity, cultural awareness, and a sense of community among the participants.
The NSS volunteers played a pivotal role in organizing and decorating the school premises. The volunteers conducted many games for the students and distributed prices for the winners. The Unit also gave study materials as Onam gifts to the students. The grand feast, known as the Onam Sadya, was a central part of the celebration. NSS volunteers, along with teachers, staffs and PTA prepared a sumptuous meal that included a variety of dishes, ranging from different types of rice, curries, and sweets. The programme showcased the rich cultural heritage of Kerala, promoted unity and inclusivity, and provided a platform for creative expression. It was coordinated by Mr. Jibin Alex and Ms. Sherin Joseph, NSS Programme Officers.

August 22- Pitch Your Panel- Group Discussion

The Group Discussion Training Session was conducted on 22 nd August 2023 with the aim of enhancing the group discussion skills of NSS volunteers and encouraging them to engage in meaningful discussions on various socially relevant topics. The session was organized in the college and it was facilitated by Mr. Jibin Alex and Ms. Sherin Joseph, NSS Programme Officers of the college. The primary objectives of this training session were to improve participants’ ability to communicate effectively in group discussions and to create awareness about socially relevant topics and encourage inform ed discussions. The topics for the group discussion were Climate Change and Sustainability, Role of Youth in Nation Building, Gender Equality and Women Empowerment, Privacy in the Digital Age, Artificial Intelligence: Boon or Bane?, Renewable Energy Sources and their Adoption and Importance of Critical Thinking in Education. The Group Discussion Training Session was a successful endeavor in enhancing the group discussion skills of volunteers. Participants developed better communication skills, including active listening and expressing their thoughts clearly. They learned the importance of respectful and open-minded engagement, even in heated discussions. The program also The session raised awareness about important social issues and motivated participants to stay informed.

August 15 – Independence Day Celebration

The NSS Unit of BVM Holy Cross College celebrated Independence day on 15 th August The primary objective of hosting the national flag on Independence Day was to instill a sense of patriotism and national pride among our students and staff. It aimed to create an atmosphere of unity and solidarity among the college community while respecting and honoring the sacrifices made by our freedom fighters. The celebration began with the hoisting of the national flag by our esteemed Principal, Rev. Dr. Baby Sebastian Thonikuzhy in the presence of Programme Officers Jibin Alex and Ms. Sherrin Joseph, and volunteers. The flag was unfurled with great reverence, and the national anthem was sung with utmost devotion. Rev. Dr. Baby Sebastian Thonikuzhy also delivered an inspiring speech that emphasized the
importance of unity, diversity, and the responsibility of the youth in shaping the nation’s future. In union with ‘ Meri Maati Mera Desh’ campaign, saplings were planted around the campus by NSS Volunteers. After this, a training session on seed paper pen making was given to students by Ms. Reshma K, faculty in Department of Social work. The programme was a momentous occasion that successfully conveyed the spirit of patriotism, unity, and cultural diversity. It reinforced the importance of cherishing our hard-earned freedom and reminded us of our responsibilities as citizens.

July 19-Training programme on news paper bag making

The NSS Unit of BVM Holy Cross college conducted a paper bag making training programme for volunteers on 19 th July 2023. Twenty five volunteers participated in the training programme. The objective of this training was to impart practical skills, foster creativity, and promote eco-friendly practices among the volunteers. Ms. Sherin Joseph, NSS Programme Officer was engaged to conduct the training. She facilitated the sessions effectively, ensuring that all participants received personal attention and guidance. The training was dedicated to discuss the environmental benefits of paper bags and the importance of sustainable practices. At the end of the training program, participants were asked to provide feedback on their experience. The overwhelming majority expressed satisfaction with the training, citing the practicality and eco-friendliness of paper bag making as a highlight. Participants demonstrated an increased understanding of the environmental benefits of using paper bags over plastic alternatives. They expressed a commitment to adopting sustainable practices in their daily lives. This training not only equipped participants with a valuable skill but also instilled a sense of responsibility towards the environment. NSS Program officer Mr. Jibin Alex also took part in this training session.

June 29- Green Thumb@ Chempilavu

The NSS Unit of BVM Holy Cross College implemented an organic farming initiative at Government UP School, Chempilavu on 29th June 2023.The project was known as ‘Green Thump’. The project aimed to promote sustainable agriculture practices, educate students about the importance of organic farming, contribute to the school’s nutrition program and also to prepare for Onam. The primary objectives of the organic farming project were to establish an organic farm on the school premises, educate students about organic farming methods and environmental sustainability and to provide fresh, organic produce to enhance the school’s nutrition program.
The 28 NSS volunteers were taught organic farming techniques, such as composting, natural pest control, and avoiding synthetic chemicals and fertilizers by Asst. Agricultural officer of Kidangoor Grama Panchayat Ms. Manju Purishothaman. This project has not only empowered students with valuable skills but has also promoted environmental protection and healthy eating habits among them. The programme was coordinated by NSS Programme Officers Mr. Jibin Alex, Ms. Sherin Joseph and Ms. Bhindhu KP (HM of the school)

June 26-International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking

The NSS Unit of BVM college observed International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking by giving awareness about the day to students and parents of Government UP school, Chempilavu. The primary objective of this program was to combat drug abuse and the illegal narcotics trade by raising awareness, educating communities, and collaborating with law enforcement agencies. The abuse and
trafficking of narcotics have long been significant challenges to public health and safety. To address this issue, the NSS unit gave awareness to the students and their parents of adopted school. Mr. Sajo Joy, Assistant Professor of Department of Social Work, BVM Holy Cross College, Cherpunkal was the resource person. The programme was organised by NSS Programme Officer Mr. Jibin Alex, Ms. Sherin Joseph and NSS Volunteers of the college.

June 21 – International Yoga Day

International Yoga Day was observed by NSS unit on 21 st June 2023 to raise awareness about the benefits of yoga and encourage students and staff to incorporate yoga into their daily lives. Experienced yoga instructor Mr. Amal Sunny was invited to conduct workshop on various yoga asanas (poses) and pranayama (breathing exercises). This workshop catered to both beginners and experienced practitioners. Participants had the opportunity to ask questions and clarify doubts about yoga. 50 students participated in the programme. It achieved its objectives of increasing awareness about yoga’s physical and mental health benefits, fostering a sense of community, and encouraging students to adopt a healthier lifestyle through regular yoga practice. The programme was organized by NSS programme officers Mr. Jibin Alex and Ms. Sherin Joseph.

June 14- World Blood Donor Day

NSS & Department of Social Work in association with Red Ribbon Club & Kerala State Aids Control Society observes World Blood Donor Day.

Venue : Marian Medical Centre Pala

June 12- World Day Against Child Labour

In accordance with the United Nations’ commitment to eradicate child labour, World Day
Against Child Labour is observed by National Service Scheme on June 12th. The purpose of
this day is to raise awareness about the plight of child labourers and to promote actions and
initiatives aimed at eliminating child labour. In an effort to contribute to this global cause, a
special awareness class was conducted for Government UP school students of Chempilavu on
the occasion of World Day against Child Labour.
The session was handled under the leadership of Mr. Jibin Alex, Ms. Sherin Joseph (NSS
programme Officers) and volunteers of the unit. The session began with an introduction to
child labour, defining it and explaining its various forms, such as hazardous work, trafficking,
and exploitation. The unit educates the students to provide a comprehensive understanding of
the issue of child labour, including its causes, consequences, and global prevalence. The
programme also helped the students to become advocates for change. It also empowered
students with knowledge and resources to take action against child labour, both individually
and as part of collective efforts by contacting child line and police department. The
awareness class received positive feedback from both students and teachers. Students
expressed a heightened awareness of child labour and a strong desire to take action against it.

Awareness Programme for School Students at Govt. UP School, Chempilav
Organized By NSS

June 5 – Environment Day

Environment Day is a global event that raises awareness and encourages action to protect our planet. In line with this, NSS volunteers and students of Green Club, BVM Holy Cross College came together on 5 th June 2023 to celebrate Environment Day by organizing a sapling planting event on the campus grounds. Rev. Dr. Baby Sebastian Thonnikuzhy, principal of the college inaugurated the program. The event aimed to emphasize the importance of preserving our environment and taking concrete steps to combat climate change. 100 students including NSS volunteers participated in the event.
The main activity of the day was sapling planting native to the region. Participants were provided with saplings and given guidance on proper planting techniques. This hands-on experience allowed students to connect with nature and contribute to local biodiversity. This also emphasized the importance of individual and collective efforts in safeguarding our planet and promoted a sense of responsibility among the youth. The programme was organised by NSS programme Officers Mr. Jibin Alex and Ms. Sherin Joseph along with Green Club coordinators Ms. Dona Maria Kuriakose, Ms. Divia and Ms. Reshmi