The NSS Unit of Victoria Institution(College) began functioning in 1975 with the words of Mahatma Gandhi as its watchword. The volunteers of NSS work under the supervision of their Programme Officer Smt. Aloka Mukhopadhyay. Their activities comprise of both indoor and outdoor programmes which range from spreading awareness to maintenance of college campus. The activities of the NSS unit of Victoria Institution (College) have been highly appreciated by the University of Calcutta.
Initially known as the Native Ladies' Normal and Adult School, the foundation of present day Victoria Institution (College) was laid by Brahmananda Keshub Chandra Sen, a social reformer and educationist par excellence. The college was founded on 1st February 1871 under the auspices of the Indian Reform Association of which Brahmananda Keshub Chandra Sen was the president. In 1932, the college began functioning under the patronage of Maharani Suniti Devi, Maharani Sucharu Devi (daughters of Keshub Chandra Sen).The college boasts of illustrious board members like Dr.Bidhan Chandra Roy who took keen interest in the growth of the institution and remained associated with it till death.
National Service Scheme (NSS) was launched in the year 1969 which was celebrated as the Mahatma Gandhi Birth Centenary year, as a Student Youth Service Programme.The NSS Unit of Victoria Institution (College) was established in 1975. Since 2007 the activities of this unit have been supervised by Smt. Aloka Mukhopadhyay.The NSS committee prepares an annual plan each year to organize regular activities and also conduct special camps
FOLLOWING ARE THE MEMBERS OF THE PRESENT NSS ADVISORY COMMITTEE OF THE COLLEGE:
1. Chairperson: Dr. Nibedita Chakrabarti (Principal)
2. Secretary:Smt. Aloka Mukhopadhyay (Programme Officer)
3. Members of the Advisory Committee (Staff Members): Dr. Kaberi Brahma (Dept. of Geography) and Dr. Suchandra Guha (Dept. of History)
4. Representative from the Adopted ward no. 37: Mrs.Soma Chowdhury(Councilor of Ward No. 37)
5. Representative from local Police Station: Officer-in-Charge of Amherst Street Police Station
6. N.S.S Students' Leader: Smt. Ankita Halder, Smt. Suparna Karmakar
The NSS volunteers look after the maintenance of the college campus with exemplary diligence all the year round. Maintenance activities comprise of maintenance of basic cleanliness of the premises, maintenance of the college garden and spreading awareness among students to keep the camus a plastic free zone. Regular activities also include conducting health awareness camps in the campus by conducting one-day seminars. On 18th March 2015, a health check-up camp and seminar on HIV/AIDS was organised by the NSS unit of the college. It was inaugurated by the principal of Victoria Institution (College), Dr. Nibedita Chakrabarti and Dr. Pradip Kr. Das, Honorary Secretary of the Indian Medical Association (West Bengal Chapter). The President of IMA (Serampore Branch) delivered a speech on the theme of the seminar where he explained the causes, modes of transmission, symptoms and signs, prevention andmanagement of HIV/AIDS in a very lucid language. His lecture was followed by a general camp where both students and teachers examined and tested their blood group, blood sugar and haemoglobin count. A Special Camp of seven days was held in Ward No .37 of Kolkata Municipal Corporation. The camp was conducted under the leadership of the programme officer Smt. AlokaMukhopadhyay where the activities werecarried out by fifty volunteers of the NSS Unit. The children of the adopted slum (ward no. 37 under Kolkata corporation) are being trained every year by the volunteers of the NSS Unit.