NATIONAL SERVICE SCHEME
The National Service Scheme of Mahendra Engineering College (Autonomous) Unit I started in 1998 with a strength of 100 volunteers and Unit II started in 2000 with a strength of 100 Volunteers. The NSS Cell of Mahendra Engineering College had worked particularly, for leadership development in student Volunteers, both male and female. At present the NSS Cell, Mahendra Engineering College has a strength of 208 Volunteers working under Programme Officers Mr.T.Arul Kumar and Mrs.Dr.R.Brindha.
- To Understand the community in which they work
- To Understand themselves in relation to their community
- To Identify the needs and problems of the community and involve them in problem solving process
- To Develop among themselves a sense of social and civic responsibility
- To Utilize their knowledge in finding practical solution to individual and community problems
- To Develop competence required for group-living and sharing of responsibilities
- To Gain skills in mobilizing community participation.
The motto or watchword of the NSS is "Not Me But You". It underlines that the welfare of an individual is ultimately dependent on the welfare of society on the whole. This expresses the essence of democratic living and upholds the need of selfless service and appreciation of the other man's point of view and also consideration for fellow human beings.
SYMBOL & BADGE
The NSS symbol is embossed on the NSS badge. The NSS volunteers wear it while undertaking any program or community service. The konark wheel in the symbol has eight bars, which represent the 24 hours of the day. Hence, the badge reminds the wearer to be in readiness for the service of the nation round the clock i.e. for 24 hours. The Red Colour in the badge indicates that the NSS volunteers are full of blood i.e. lively, active energetic and full of high spirit.The Navy Blue Colour indicates the cosmos of which the NSS is a tiny part, ready to contribute its share for the welfare of the mankind.
NSS was formally launched on 24th September 1969, the birth Centenary year of our Father of Nation. Therefore, 24th September is celebrated every year as NSS Day with appropriate programs and activities.
PROGRAMMES OF ACTION:
There are two kinds of programmes i.e., the Regular Programme, which is organized throughout the year and another is the Special Camp Programme, which is organized at the adopted village for seven days. These programmes are planned and executed in the light of guidelines framed by the Central and State Governments, with the view to develop the personality of the student and to develop the community at large.
REGULAR NSS ACTIVITIES
The following regular NSS activities were planned
- Enrollment of NSS Volunteers
- Voluntary service to the public.
- Planting Saplings in the Residential Areas.
- Creating Social awareness to the public.
- General Awareness Programmes.
- Conducting General Medical camps and Blood donation camps.
- Rally for creating social awareness among people.