Thou art light, fill me with thy light

Thou art Light, fill me with Thy Light


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About the Society

The National Service Scheme (NSS) is a Central Sector Scheme of the Government of India, Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports. The scheme was launched in Mahatma Gandhi's Centenary year in 1969. It is a voluntary association that allows youth across educational institutions to participate in government-led community service activities and programs. The central aim of the NSS is to provide hands-on experience to young students in delivering community service.

With its strong commitment to the NSS motto ‘Not Me, But You’, the NSS unit of Jesus and Mary College (NSS-JMC) strives to instill among its student volunteers the value of democratic living, equality of opportunity, and selfless service towards those from disadvantaged communities. NSS-JMC aims to develop in its volunteers a sense of social and civic responsibility among students, fostering a spirit of social justice and community service. By promoting active citizenship and community engagement, the society strives to create empathetic, socially aware leaders committed to making a positive impact in the world.

In keeping with NSS Rules, NSS-JMC volunteers must complete 120 hours of work in their first year of NSS to be eligible to continue as volunteers in the next year. All NSS volunteers who serve NSS for at least 2 years and complete 240 hours of work are entitled to a certificate from the Vice-Chancellor and the Programme Coordinator, University of Delhi.

NSS-JMC engages in a wide range of activities to instill a spirit of service and civic duty among students. Activities are organized to commemorate important occasions throughout the year and raise awareness about pertinent social, environmental, educational, and health issues. Some of the days celebrated include Swachhta Pakhwada, Hindi Diwas, World Earth Day, Fit India Day, NSS Day, Vigilance Awareness Week, International Day of Democracy, World Unity Day, Sign Language Day, National Youth Week, Republic Day, Independence Day, World Cancer Day, National Road Safety Month, Mental Health Week, Khadi Mahotsav, and International Women’s Day. Activities carried out by the NSS-JMC unit include first-aid training, blood donation camps, plog runs, online poetry writing, essay, and poster competitions, meditation sessions, screening of documentaries followed by group discussion, natural disaster relief collection drives, pro-environmental activities like recycling and group discussions, tree plantation drives, and art therapy sessions.

One of the most meaningful projects run by NSS-JMC is the Spoken English project at Prabhat Tara, an NGO working towards improving the employability of women from disadvantaged communities. Volunteers from NSS-JMC conduct bi-weekly English classes with women from neighboring communities. The classes have been appreciated for the joy of learning and the self-confidence it has been able to bring to the learners.

NSS-JMC continues to make significant strides in fostering a spirit of volunteerism and community service through its diverse initiatives. We hope to carry forward our mission of contributing to the betterment of the local communities while at the same time enriching the life experience of our student volunteers.

Core Team

Convenor/ Programme Officer Dr. Sugandha Sehgal

Names of Faculty advisors Ms. Sumangali R, Dr. Bhumika Kapoor, Ms. Betina Abraham

Name of office bearers Adamya Raj, Diya Srivastava Riya Roy,

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Pictures representing the society's work

Prabhatara Hostel, Adult Literacy Session

Prabhatara Hostel, Adult Literacy Session

Annual NSS Mela, SPARSH 23

Blood Donation Camp

Swacchta hi Sevaa (Campaign At Lodhi Garden)

Meri Matti Mera Desh Campaign Cleanliness

National Voters Day Awareness by Pledge Taking with all the NSS volunteers