Mumbai University National Service Scheme (NSS) students from Vivek College of Commerce, Goregaon (West), Mumbai had taken up IDF activities as one of their project during 2007-08.
Indian Development Foundation (formerly Indian Leprosy Foundation) is a leading national NGO having its head office in Goregaon (West) Mumbai is committed to health, education and rural development. NSS Units and several schools have tied up with IDF for their social responsibility activities. While Corporate Social Responsibility is the buzz word, IDF has coined Students Social Responsibility and Teachers Social Responsibility and started enlisting the school-college participation in active social work.
Expressing special thanks to the NSS Unit of Vivek College, Dr. Narayan B. Iyer, National Co-ordinator, IDF presented a Certificate of Appreciation to the College and mementoes to the students. Talking to a group of volunteers on Wednesday the 9th Jan., Dr. Narayan said students' participation in social work is indeed commendable and the amount of shramdaan the NSS volunteers contribute is really appreciative. NSS volunteers visiting villages and helping in bridging the rural-urban divide is a welcome thought, Dr. Narayan said.
NSS Co-ordinator Prof. P. Thangadurai led the volunteers to several social projects and motivated them to do shramdaan. NSS volunteers performed extremely well in their social activities, apprised Prof. Thangadurai. Visiting leprosy home, talking to the patients, organising sale of greeting cards, mobilising resources from general public, participating in the World AIDS Rally and a host of other social service activities were performed by the students during the year 2007, he stated.
The Principal of Vivek College of Commerce, Mr. Sunil Mantri congratulated Prof. Thangadurai and all the NSS volunteers for their excellent performance and assured of continued support to IDF in the days to come. Our college NSS unit mobilised 240 units of blood during the recently organised blood donation camp, stressed Principal Mantri. We have plans to inculcate social responsibility among the non-NSS students too, said Mr. Mantri.