“Not me but you” is the motto of two hundred and twenty nine volunteers of the two NSS units of our college, who put the welfare of others before their own. This movement is a wonderful opportunity for the students to develop their own personality and to give expression to the spirit of service that lies deep within the heart of every young person. The academic year 2012-13 witnessed the great vitality and the enthusiasm of our volunteers in the variety of activities and the outreach programmes that they carried out. The staff members responsible for the movement namely, Fr. Stanislaus, Mr. Shivumso Chikro and Ms. Nyari Riso offered a great impetus and motivation to the volunteers. Besides the monthly cleanliness campaign carried out in the college campus and the preparation of NSS notice board, the volunteers carried out many other special activities, had a live-in experience in Baath village and took part in various state level and national level camps.
True to the NSS motto “Not me but you”, NSS volunteers of Don Bosco College, Jollang, Itanagar held a three day NSS Special Camp at Baath village near Ganga lake from 18th to 21st December. Fifty-two NSS volunteers together with the staff Fr. Stanis, Mr. Shivumso Chikro and Ms. Nyari Riso participated in the camp. The three days were filled with a lot of social work, interaction with the people and a good living-together experience. During the three days, the NSS volunteers held the cleaning of the surrounding of the school, the Public Health Centre, the village drains that were blocked with mud and garbage and repaired the potholes on the roads. They visited families and got to know about their situation, educational standards and health hazards.
The Special Camp came to a close on 21st afternoon with a concluding programme. Dr. V. N. Sharma, State Liaison Officer, NSS, was the Chief Guest and Mr. Tripati, Principal of Rajiv Gandhi Govt. Polytechnic was the Guest of Honour. Besides cultural dances and songs, the participants performed an awareness skit on the problem of drinking, hygiene and education. Necessities like notebooks and pens for children, soaps and washing powder for the elders, volley ball net and ball for the youth and medicines for the sick were donated. As a whole, the three-day programme was very enriching, experiential and gave a lot of opportunity for the NSS volunteers to give expression to their spirit of service to humanity.
Mr. Chukhu Abu, one of the NSS volunteers from our college, took part in the month long Republic Day Parade Camp 2013 held at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, New Delhi from January 1 to January 31, together with Ms. Christina Panggam from Rajiv Gandhi Polytechnic College, Itanagar. He was part of the 14-member contingent of NSS volunteers from Northeast led by Mr. A.K. Pathak, NSS Programme Officer from GHSS, Palin. During the course of this camp, he got the golden opportunity to meet and take snaps with the great dignitaries of our nation, like the President, the Vice-President, the Prime Minister and his wife. He visited important places like Parliament House – the Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha. As he mused on his month-long experience, he had this to say: “The Camp site at Delhi was a mini-India as NSS volunteers from all the states of India lived and shared together the whole month of January. I had the great privilege of interacting with brothers and sisters of the other states and coming to know a little bit more about their language, culture, tradition and customs. May this experience of mine be a source of inspiration and encouragement for the youth particularly for the NSS volunteers of our state. Jai Hind! Vande Mataram!”
“Donate blood; Save a life” was the chorus of the many volunteers who came forward to donate blood during the Blood Donation Camp held at Don Bosco College, Jollang on 25th February 2013. The Camp was organized in the college campus by the NSS units in collaboration with R. K. Mission Hospital, Itanagar. A medical team of nine persons sent by Swamiji Debo Maharaj assisted the college in this life saving programme. “Initially, I was afraid but the thought of saving someone’s life helped me overcome my fear,” was the reply of a donor as she moved out of the blood donation room. This camp was a great educative experience for all the Bosconians including those who just watched with regard to blood donation particularly for removing fear from their minds.
It was indeed a wonderful year for all our NSS volunteers as they had ample opportunities to give expression to their spirit of service and love for humanity. Our sincere thanks to Dr. V.N. Sharma, State Liaison Officer, NSS, for his great encouragement and support and for the many opportunities he offered to our students to attend the state and the national level camps. We wish to carry forward the NSS units of our college to greater heights in serving the college, the neighbourhood and our state of Arunachal Pradesh in the coming academic year 2013-14.