Indira Gandhi NSS Award



National Service Scheme dates back to the Civil Disobedience Movement and the struggle for freedom from the British, led by the Father of the Nation, Mahatma Gandhi. It was only on the 24th September, 1969 that the Government of India passed the Act that NSS must be a part of the College and University activity. Student can make a choice in any field like NCC or NSS as a part of the community services besides their regular studies.

            That National Service Scheme Unit of Sankardev College started under two Programme Officers, Dr. D.D. Mali and Prof. L.R. Myrthong with the objectives to identify the needs and problems of the village, so that different activities can be concentrated in removing those problems.

Adopted village: These two Programme Officers laid the foundation stone for the Unit by adopting Lawsohtun Village as per the NSS guidelines in the year 1977. It is at distance of 2 kilometers from the Shillong town.  On 18th September 1977, they undertook the Preliminary Survey of Lawsohtun in the adopted village.  Based on the survey report, the NSS Unit of the college conducted various development activities till the year 2008.

It was in the year 2008 that the new team shifted their adopted village to Laitkroh Elaka. Laitkroh Elaka or Laitkroh Sirdarship is about 27 kilometers from the college . It is located midway from Shillong to Sohra.  It has been more  than 10 years that the UNIT has adopted this Elaka. It consists  of  cluster of villages in which the activities has been carried during these years. The Unit is thinking of adopting new village in the near  future.

The focus of its existence is to get the students involved in the social service as they study in the college and to prepare and build their leadership character. Since the time of its inception, it has been one of the active units under the guidance and directions of the NSS Cell of NEHU. It has an enrollment on an average of 250 volunteers for every academic year. At present it has strength of about 400 volunteers excluding the academic year of 2019-20.

Types of Activities

  1. Regular activities: the unit use to organize programs such as Cleaning drive, tree plantation, awareness seminar, traditional archery competition, skill development programs, agro-based activities, cultural programs, trekking, etc.
  2. Special camp: since it is mandatory for every unit to organize a one-week special camping for the mutual benefit of both the volunteers and the adopted village, the Unit in the previous years have had the opportunity to conduct such camps with different themes for each year. During the camp, volunteers take active participation by engaging themselves in useful activities such as construction of footpath, drinking water pond, building of public toilet facilities for the school village, village fish pond, construction of mini check dam etc.
  3. Collaboration: the unit conducts various programs in collaboration with different departments of the college, state government departments such as Science and Technology, Agriculture, Horticulture and other Non-governmental agencies.
  4. Other participations: the volunteers take active interest in attending the programs conducted by the NSS cell of the University, NSS Units of other institutions such as youth exchange program, cultural festivals, state, regional and national level programs etc.,

Program Officers




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