150 Years Celebrating the Mahatma


NSS Department


About NSS Cell

The National Service Scheme (NSS) is a Central Sector Scheme of Government of India, Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports. It provides opportunity to the students, the youth of the country, at the degree colleges and students at the University level of India to take part in various government led community service activities & programmes. The sole aim of the NSS is to provide hands on experience to young students in delivering community service. Since inception of the NSS in the year 1969, the number of student’s strength increased from 40,000 to over 3.8 million up to the end of March 2018. Under the NSS Cell of the SNDT Women’s University our college NSS Unit functions and implements the government policies in the matters of development of the youth, social service, awareness on social evils amongst youth and related affairs.

The NSS Unit of Shri M. D. Shah Mahila College is one of the biggest at the SNDT Women’s University level. It has the highest sanctioned student strength of 300 students per year. Every student who volunteers to be a NSS Volunteer has to enroll herself for two years out of the three years of her degree course. She has to complete 200 hours of volunteering work, apart from taking part in one special camp to be successful as an NSS Volunteer. The NSS Unit undertakes various activities in association with various NGOs working in the development field. While conducting these activities the focus is on the following:


v  Personality Development of Students

 v  Knowing the basics of community work.

 v  Understanding social evils and working towards their eradication

 v  Bringing issues of Urban Development to the fore and learning to solve them.

 v  Develop competence required for group living and sharing responsibilities.

 v  Develop capacity to meet emergencies and natural disasters

 v  Gain skill in mobilizing community participation.

 v  Acquire leadership qualities and democratic attitude.

 v  Apply their educational findings in practical solution to individual and community problems.

 v  Practice national integration.


Motto of NSS

Students participating in the scheme are inspired by its motto: “NOT ME BUT YOU”. The expression seeks to motivate students to place the interest of others above that of their own. It calls for selfless service to others. It stands for Forgetting and surrendering the ‘Self’ and ‘Rendering selfless service to others’.

Adopted Area

As per the requirement of the govt. of Maharashtra the NSS Unit of the college started the practice having an adopted area in the year 2015-16. The first adopted area was that of the Kanchpada slums located very near to the college. The adopted area of NSS was changed in the year 2018-19 as NSS Unit had completed five years in the earlier adopted area of Kanchpada Slums, Malad (west), Mumbai. After a needs survey the NSS unit has adopted ‘Vanicha Pada’, a small tribal hamlet in the Aarey Colony located in Goregaon (East), Mumbai. Although this hamlet is located in Mumbai the development programs of the government have yet to effectively reach. From the academic year 2018-19 the work of the NSS Unit started in this area. Till now we have organized basic health check-up camp, cleanliness drive, plastic nirmulan drive, awareness on importance of cleanliness and hygiene and expert talks for the women of the tribal hamlet. The plan is to have skill development and increase awareness of the villagers to benefit from the various schemes of the government apart from doing ‘shramdan’ and other activities in this adopted area of NSS Unit for the five year period from 2018-19 to 2023-2024.


Partners of NSS Unit


Lions Club

Rotary Club

United Ways NGO

The Movement NGO

Young Stars Trust


Members of the NSS Unit

Dr. Sujit R. Chandak is the Convenor & Program Officer. He is an Associate Professor in the English Department of the college. He has 18 years of teaching experience and 03 years of experience in working for the NSS Unit.

Dr. Shilpa Shah is the Program Officer of NSS. She is Asst. Professor in the Department of Sociology in the College. She has more than 23 years of teaching experience and has 7 years of experience working in the NSS Unit.

Dr. Manoj Mishra is the Program Officer of NSS. He is an Associate Professor in the History Department of the college. He has more than 18 years teaching experience and experience of working for 5 years with the NSS Unit.

Ms. Anagha Shingade is a Program officer. She is an Asst. Professor in the commerce Department of the college. She has teaching experience of 9 years and 1 years of working in the NSS UNIT