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Vijeesh Vijayan - Primary Short-listed Nominee - Social Volunteer Awards 2021

I'm Vijeesh Vijayan, a Mechanical Engineering Graduate from Musaliar College of Engineering, Pathanamthitta. Currently working in Kerala Water Authority under Jal Jeevan Mission project. I am serving as the Volunteer Coordinator of DC Volunteers. I have worked with the District Administration Pathanamthitta & National Service Scheme Technical Cell Kerala. I got Punarjjani State Appreciation Award in the year 2017 as Field Officer, NSS Technical Cell of Pathanamthitta district & the NSS N-ACT Appreciation Award in recognition for outstanding contribution in various projects. I also got the Punarjjani 2018 Best Asset Achiever Award under the NSS Technical Cell. Received special appreciation award from the former Pathanamthitta District Collector PB Nooh IAS on behalf of the District Administration for coordinating all the volunteer activities in the district during the tough times like 2018 Kerala Flood, Covid’19 and other activities. Served as Project Manager of SAGY under AICTE.


Realisation of self-worth is the greatest treasure. At one point in my life, I realised that life can be so much more than what we all see every day. We are born to do something worthwhile, and make the world better for future generations too. Volunteering, the word, gives me strength to be selfless, make someone’s life fulfilling and see the reward from their face. It can mould you into a better person, can add-in to your skills and abilities, and it should come out of a passion.


Being a part of different clubs in school days, I was a part of many social welfare programs. My 12th standard in 2012 laid a path to this journey, from where I Joined National Service Scheme (NSS). To start from this, I am a very proud NSS volunteer. The word is in my blood, and actions are always in my mouth and heart. I prefer doing this because it gives me pleasure and satisfaction. Every day, I am content with what I did yesterday to change someone’s life. And this is my daily inspiration.


I started my volunteering in 2013, along with those who joined NSS in school. It was my basic learning place from where I learned about communities, people, life, friendship and much more. I met people with challenges, inabilities and difficulties. I realised that we all are born with different skills, and we have to find those areas where we can successfully apply our skills. Along the journey, I started learning about the challenges, thinking about solutions and have got the urge to support the small needs of people who come along my way. This process gradually gave me more happiness. I was volunteering in my college through the same platform and the experience it has given to me as a college going student was splendid. I was a part of many projects there. After completing my regular volunteering hours, I got a chance to work as N-ACT member and Field officer of NSS Technical cell, Kerala. Being in charge of different NSS cells under my leadership, I was able to coordinate and accomplish many government projects. Each project was different, I experienced challenges and faced problems. This was a learning platform where I could implement my skills and decisions too. It built me technically, personally and professionally. Every day, it was teaching me that volunteering will change an ordinary man to an extraordinary one. Our society needs worthwhile changes, and this can be achieved efficiently through volunteers. Another great experience that changed my perspective on life was working in the District Administration on both the crisis situations- Flood 2018 & COVID-19. I was not a skill trained person for crisis management, but all I had to offer was my time & commitment to any work, which was needed enough at that point. When you volunteer, there is no better way to understand and help people in need. I have come to realise how precious my life is and how each day is truly gifted.

PROJECT DC Volunteers