(From 31-08-17 to 06-09-17)

As a part of JAIVAM-17 project of Mahatma Gandhi University , the NSS Unit of Al – Ameen college organized a seven day special camp from 31-08-17 to 06-09-17.This was a fully Residential Camp for both boys and girls. The venue of the camp was St.George High School, Koottickal. The camp started on 31st August 2017, Thursday, with the registration of the volunteers at 5.00 p.m.The NSS programme officers and the NSS Volunteers made arrangements for the camp. And at 6:00 pm, the inaugural meeting started with NSS Song. P.A.Niyas (Ward member and Standing Committee Chairman) welcomed the gathering. The meeting was presided over by Dr.Anita Nair (Principal. Al Ameen College). Mrs.BindhuRaveendran (President, KoottickalGramaPanchayath inaugurated the camp. She
assured her full support and co-operation for the successful completion of the project.Fr. Abraham Kuppappuzhackal, Manager St. George High School Koottickalmade the keynote address on the topic“Social values and Youth”. He encouraged the participantsto engage in volunteerism and explained the importance of values in one’s life and also in social life.His speech was highly motivating and thought provoking. Sri.Sudesh B
Sudhakaran(BlockPanchayath Member),Smt. Laisamma Jose (Vice President, KoottickalPanchayath ) ,Smt. SushammaSabu,(Wardmember, KootttickalGramaPanchayath) felicitated the function. The inaugural session concluded with vote of thanks by Prof.ShahanoorBeegum (N S SProgramme Officer).

Friday, 1st September 2017

On Friday at 6.30 am volunteers assembled for Yoga practice led by Pof. Abdul Salam .A.P, NSSProgramme Officer. After the assembly, Volunteers went for the Eidgah. By 10.00 a.m. they were ready for the survey. The volunteers were divided into 13 groups, 1 group for each of the 13 wards and each group was again divided into sub groups consisting of two members. The volunteers were accompanied by ward members and CDS persons. They
conducted surveys ward-wise. It was a nice experience for the volunteers and they showed high interest for the survey. Life in those areas was a good experience for them. Majority of the households co-operated with the survey. On first day around 800 houses were covered. From 6.30 p.m. to 8.00 p.m. volunteers engaged in preparation of Magazine. They were divided into groups and they discussed about the topic for their creativity. It was compulsory
for every volunteer to contribute at least one article for magazine. During the review session volunteers reviewed the programmes that they had already conducted and gave suggestions for improvement.The first day of the camp ended with the Bakrid celebrations.

Saturday, 2nd September 2017

As usual the day started with yoga under R. Ashwin ,Volunteer Secretary. The practice of Yoga helped to give them physical and mental refreshment. After the assembly and the breakfast, volunteers went for the survey. They interacted with the residents, conducted the survey smoothly and returned back very happily by 4.30 p.m.At 6.00 p.m.an interaction with the ‘Karshakasree’ award winner Sri. M.M. Joseph was conducted. He discussed about the
importance of organic farming and explained the various methods of organic farming. He has been farming in his land for the last 58 years, he told. He criticized the use of chemical fertilizers and expressed his concern towards the misuse of soil and its exploitation. He explained the evil effects that tomorrow’s generation has toface. After the interaction an open discussion on farming culture, environment and women empowerment was arranged. Smt.
LellammaKunjumon (Block Panchayath Member), Smt. Jancy James (Standing Committee Chairperson,KoottickalPanchayath), Smt. M.G. Vijamma ( Chairperson , Health & Education,  oottickalPanchayath), Sri. V.M. Joseph (Ex-Panchayath President, Koottickal)  participated in the programme.After the dinner, the volunteers presented various cultural programmes.And during the review session, volunteers reviewed the programmes already conducted and they gave suggestions for improvement

Sunday, 3rd September 2017

The fourth day started with Yoga at 7.00 a.m. The yoga was practiced by Gokul. After breakfast the volunteers assembled at auditorium by 8.30 a.m. In the fourth day, survey was started at 9.00 a.m. The volunteers moved in group to their destinations actively and they completed the day’s survey and returned back by 4.30.p.m. After that there was a talk by P.S. Manoj (Faculty S.G.M.U.P.School,Ollayanadu) on the topic“Prevention of Communicable
Diseases by Environment Protection”. He pointed out the role of students in protection of nature and its assets. He explained how to protect the nature by illustrating various examples. Smt. Laisamma Jose(Vice president,KoottickalPanchayath), Smt. Jessy Thomas (Ward Member, KoottickalPanchayath)participated in the programme. Former Panchayath President M.M. Joseph congratulated the volunteers for their active participation in the survey.As usual, at night the volunteers presented various cultural programmes and during the review session the volunteers reviewed the programmes already conducted and they gave suggestions for improvement.

Monday, 4th September 2017

By 7.00 am volunteers assembled for Yoga practice led by Pof. Abdul Salam. A.P, NSS Programme Officer. After assembly the volunteers welcomed onam with ‘pookkalam’ made from flowers and leaves collected by the volunteers from the various households they visited. The NSS Programme Officers shared onam thoughts and messages to the volunteers. After breakfast the volunteers assembled in the auditorium at 9.00 a.m. And thesurvey was started
by 9.15 a.m. The volunteers moved in groups to their destinations actively and they completed the day’s survey and returned back by 4.30.p.m.At 5.00p.m. the volunteers celebrated Onam with traditional events like‘onapattu’ , ‘vanjipattu’ , ‘vadamvali’ and  ‘payasamela’. The session started at 6.00p.m. Adv. Sony Thomas, Member, Rubber Board shared memories of his onam. He took the volunteers to his childhood and narrated his onam celebrations in his village. Smt. Anitha , Principal CKMHSS pointed out the deterioration of religious harmony and friendliness among the people in the present years. She advised that by considering this onam as our national festival we should promote secularism. Sri. Balakrishnan Nair from KoottickalGramaPanchayath advised the volunteers
to start organic farming in this onam season itself. During the review session volunteers reviewed the programmes already conducted and they gave suggestions for improvement. After the review, the volunteers presented various cultural programmes. The programme ended at 11.00 p.m.

Tuesday 5th September 2017

On Tuesday at 6.30 am, volunteers assembled for Yoga practice led by under R.Ashwin,Volunteer Secretary. During the assembly, the volunteers conveyed Teachers’ day wishes to the programme officers. They expressed their love in the form of flowers and words. The Programme Officers shared their experiences with their teachers and also
expressed their love towards their teachers by narrating their memorable moments with their teachers. After the breakfast their started their work,they grouped into team and went to their ward for their survey and awareness. The volunteers completed the survey and returned back at 5.00 p.m. Later, former block PanchayathPresident ,GeorgekuttyAgusthy made a talk on the topic “ Youth and Social Media”. He pointed out the misuse of social media among youth. He explained the fact that we can use this social media for many useful and important things. He also pointed out some incidence where social media acted very actively for solving the problems and also for raising voice against some violence and anti- social activities. It was a very interesting and thought provoking session. Smt. SheelaRaveendran , Ward Member, Sri P.E. Niyas , Standing Committee Chairman and Smt. UshaSomarajan , CDS
Chairperson; participated in the talk. After the dinner the NSS Volunteers reviewed the camp and made suggestions for improvement.

Wednesday, 6th September 2017

As usual the day started with yoga, the volunteers assembled in the hall at 9.00 a.m. The group leader read the report and all the volunteers shared their experiences in seven day camp. Then they were dispersed for Camp Cleaning. The valedictory session started at 11.00 a.m.Sri. Antony Kadaplackkal (Programme Committee,Chairman) extended whole hearted welcome to all guests. Prof. M.B. Sasidharan , Vice Principal, Al-Ameen College presided over the meeting. He emphasized importance of organic farming and he explained the toxic problems of non-organic farming. Smt. BinduRaveendran. President KoottickalPanchayath inaugurated the valedictory meeting. Other dignitaries presented in the meeting were Smt. Laisamma Jose, Vice President KoottickalPanchayath, Sri P.E. Niyas, Chairman
Standing Committee, Sri SushammaBabu, Ward member, Dr.Prasooon Mathew, P.H.C. Medical Officer. In the function, Mr. E.H. MuhammedBasheer, Rtd. Manager, SBT released a beautiful magazine created by the volunteers under the leadership of Miss. Anila. The magazine was appreciated by all members in the meeting. A token of love from the NSS unit of Al-Ameen College was presented as memento to the KoottickalPanchayath and the St. George School for their whole hearted support for the JAIVAM 2017 seven day camp. Miss Anaswara. S. ( 1 st B.sc Petro Chemicals ) was selected as the best Camper, MuhammedFazil ( 1st B.sc Computer Science) was selected as the group leader and Miss. SairaBanu was selected as the best creator writer in the camp and they were presented momentos by Prof. M.B. Sasidharan ,Vice Principal. Prof. Abdul Salam NSS Programme Officer proposed vote of thanks. The meeting ended at 1.00 p.m. All the volunteers’ along with programme officers checked out the camp at 3.00 p.m. after the lunch.