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.
Events @ 2023-2024
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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)
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.
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.
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
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
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