Launched in 1969, the National Service Scheme (NSS) has seen generations of youngsters from different universities and educational institutions as its active volunteers, driven by the tenets of community service.
From cleanliness drives to health camps, the voluntary service scheme aims in instilling the virtue of giving back to the society in students, thus moulding their personalities in the process.
While these initiatives have been synonymous with NSS since its inception, the students of Maharaja’s College in Ernakulam, Kerala chose to observe NSS Day, which falls on September 24, in a different manner.
Thronging the city’s bus depot, almost 100 students came together to clean buses that are owned by the Kerala State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC).
These students, who are members of NSS unit in the college, spent their entire Sunday in the depot and cleaned up ten buses.
Joining the volunteers in the initiative were many of the college staff, including the college Principal Dr P S Ajitha, NSS Programme Officers Dr Juli Chandra and Prajini Prakash and Disciplinary Committee Convener Dr K Prakashan.
With the onslaught of monsoon, much of the public transports in Kerala end up accumulating cakes of mud and dirt on their exteriors as well as interiors, making it an additional burden during maintenance.
As a tribute to the thankless service of public transport drivers, the students wiped the windshields clean and thoroughly washed the vehicles in and out. By afternoon, the students wrapped up their initiative with ten buses standing spick and span.