NSS Panjab University: Intervention in times of lockdown
NSS playing active role in sensitising people about Coronavirus
Department of NSS Panjab University, Chandigarh under the mentorship
of Dr. Navdeep Sharma, Programme Coordinator, NSS, is actively
participating in creating awareness regarding the pandemic Coronavirus
and helping the people across the city.
Signifying the importance of the motto of NSS i.e. ‘Not me, But you’,
the department of NSS is playing an active role in sensitising people
The Programme Officers are performing an important role during this
pandemic. Dr. Gaurav Gaur, Assistant Professor, Centre for Social
Work, Panjab University; Dr. Nirmal Singh, Assistant Professor,
Department of Evening Studies, and Dr. Navneet Kaur, Department of
Geography have created network which is providing essential services
including ration, milk, fruits and vegetables to needy people
including construction workers, elderly and those staying alone across
Panjab University, Chandigarh.
They are also helping the Chandigarh administration by accompanying
the buses used for the supply of fruits and vegetables and taking
mobile ATM vans at the door steps of the residents.
Dr. Gaurav Gaur, Assistant Professor, Centre for Social Work, Panjab
University and his team came with a thoughtful intervention to provide
milk and ration items to the children of construction workers at
Apart from the Programme Officers, the student volunteers are
proactively involved in awareness dissemination and distribution of
essential services to the needy.
One of the NSS Volunteer Ms. Ritika Verma, from Department of
Anthropology has made a YouTube video in which she appealed to the
citizens to stay at home. She took an initiative to collaborate with
Health Centre Staff in Mohali for her ‘Covid Mukhat Abhiyan’ at this
crucial stage in her village. She has been telling people about
Covid-19 symptoms such as cold, cough and fever converting into joint
pain and uneasy to sustain and breathing problem. Also, she suggested
preventive measures such as washing hands for at least 20 seconds,
covering mouth with arms while coughing and sneezing and social
distancing. Various other NSS volunteers have also made videos for
sensitising people about Covid-19 in different languages.
Another NSS Volunteer Ms. Megha Mittal from Centre for Social Work has
also come forward and is doing a lot of work like sanitising the
buildings and doors and explaining the importance of social distancing
at Barwala, Haryana.
Some of the NSS volunteers who are working selflessly for helping the
people alongwith NSS Programme Officers Dr. Gaurav Gaur, Assistant
Professor, Centre for Social Work; Dr. Nirmal Singh; and Dr. Navneet
Kaur are : Ms. Garima Sharma, Research Scholar, Community Education
and Disability Studies; Ms. Nitiya Gulati, Senior Research Fellow,
Women Studies; Mr. Shubham, Mr. Narendra and Mr. Sukhdev from Centre
for Social Work ; Binesh Bhatia, Ritika Verma and Sandeep .