The large part of our population is backward, illiterate and poor. People living in villages and poor localities of big cities suffer from lack of sanitation and educational facilities. It is, of course, the duty of the government to look after the needs of the people. But the persons who are educated and enlightened must also help their less fortunate brethren. They must take upon themselves the responsibility of social service and reform.
In this field of social service, the students can do a lot of good work. Society is spending a large amount of money on students so that they can lead more comfortable and happy lives than their parents. It is, therefore, the duty of the students to work for the betterment of society.
Our people have great regard for students. Everyone trusts them. If the students go out in small towns and villages for doing social service, all the people will cooperate with them.
It is heartening to know that most of the students realize the value of social service. They are eager to take part in this great task. In fact, some students do some sort of social work in their spare time. But the need of the hour is that the whole of the student’s community should be enlisted in social service corps, to be formed on the lines of U.O.T.C. it is for the department of education to plan programs and projects of social service. The students will certainly play their part in the progress and reformation of our society.
Fortunately, the students have ample time for social service. There are the summer vacations, the winter holidays and spring recess in which the students remain almost idle. They may waste their energy in undesirable activities. Every student can easily spare at least a month of his holidays and devote it to the services of the society.