Unlike other social organizations in Bhubaneswar, The Broken Scooter Team came across a group called National Service Scheme which functions under Institutes of the State. Presently, Dr H.K. Das is the Coordinator and Abinash Acharya, a 4th year student of CET(College of Engineering And Technology,Ghatikia) is the Student Coordinator. Mr. S.C.Pattnaik and Mr. Biswajit Samantray are the Program Officers and instructors for all the activities.
The Columnists caught up with the Student Co coordinator Abinash Acharya to ask him about the Organization. This is what he had to say.
Q1- When did NSS start?
A- NSS was formed in 1969 and evolved over the last decade. Though it had been lying dormant in our institute for the past few years, it has been actively functioning in the last one year.
Q2- What has the Scheme done recently?
A- A Flood Relief Camp was organized on the 18th of September 2011 at Jamara, Puri district. The team comprised of 41 students, 3 faculty members and 2 non teaching staffs. We reached Hilari village with relief packets and distributed them amongst the people of the flood stricken area.
Q3- What were the items collected for the Relief Camp?
A- Rs 22,000 was collected from the students for relief donation. Rs 5,000 was funded by CET from The Student Development Fund. All money was spent in buying chuda (rice flakes), guda (Jaggery), candles, biscuits, ORS Packet Powders, etc. They were packed into 400 packets by the volunteers.
Q4- Any other projects in which NSS was involved?
A- Last year we celebrated “The Joy of Giving Week” from Oct 2 – Oct-8, 2010. This week was dedicated to the collection of books, clothes, old shoes or anything else that one could feel like donating. We received various items like old clothes, books, toys, ration etc. The items which needed to be recycled were sent to Bakul Foundation in Bhubaneswar. A blood donation camp was held up on the 9th of this month.
Q5- What can we expect from NSS in the future?
A- Well we plan on doing blood donation camps across Bhubaneswar on a regular basis. We are working on literacy campaigns across city slums & Railway stations apart from blood donation camps. We also have a quarterly Orphanage Visit and Student Awareness Camp.
Q4- How many people are presently involved?
A – NSS is an integral part of Colleges. Anyone who wants to donate can donate or be a part of NSS. It is voluntary and hence students get involved occasionally as and when the need arises.
Q5- What has been the biggest achievement of NSS according to you?
A- The biggest achievement of NSS is that we have been able to inspire students of CET to do something substantial towards the society.
- Taking inspiration from NSS one more student group was formed in the month of Feb-March 2011. They took up the responsibility of teaching the construction workers and their children. Many new buildings were sprouting up in the campus and along with them were small temporary huts (abode of the construction workers). Some students noticed many children usually of the age group 3-10 years old and thought of teaching them.
The classes usually took after college hours i.e. from 12 noon-2 pm. The students started teaching them some geometric figures (circles, semicircles, ovals). Once they were acquainted with holding pencils, they were taught alphabets and numbers in Oriya and English. The primary intention behind teaching the construction workers was that they wouldn’t be cheated with money.
- There was yet another group of girls that visited a government school near CET campus. They took up the job of teaching the students of standard 9th and 10th. They helped the students with subjects like mathematics and science.
All that is required for service is a willing heart and the NSS through its activities is inspiring the generations of CET for the same. Many students who may or may not be a part of NSS are contributing their bits to orphanages and NGOs across Bhubaneswar. Winds of change… indeed!!