I wish to felicitate the Social Service League (SSL) as this
core society completes a century of soulful service through the
College. The SSL is envisaged to be an authentic expression of
the culture and ethos of our College. Fostering a spirit of
selfless service is a shaping concern in our philosophy of
education. No other Society embodies this to the extent that the
It is not easy to quantify the sustaining role that the SSL
plays vis-à-vis the uniqueness of our College; just as it is
difficult to do the same in respect of the work of a gardener
vis-à-vis a garden. While the presence is taken for granted and
goes unnoticed, the absence means an impending crisis! The day
St. Stephen’s disowns its core commitment to promoting a spirit
of service through education it shall cease to exist as the
institution we have known it for these many decades.
It is my special privilege to commend the activities of the SSL
to all members of the College family, including the alumni on
this very historic occasion. I am sure that the programmes and
initiatives of the SSL, especially throughout this centenary
year, will have your enthusiastic support and participation.
The Social Service League of St. Stephen’s College was founded
by Mr. C. H. C. Sharp and Revd. W. F. Ireland in 1913, with the
motto “Service above Self”.
The Ireland Sharp Project aims to utilize the provisions
of the Right to Education Act and the programs offered by
Navodaya Vidyalayas to improve the educational circumstances
of underprivileged children.
As part of the Rural Development Program, the SSL is
working as part of the UN Volunteers program with Anant Vikas
(a NGO) to develop Gomla village in Haryana into a model
The SSL organizes Evening Classes to help the wards of
College karamcharis with their academics.
The New Year Party and the Rudra Dinner are
organized to felicitate and thank the non-teaching staff of
College and their families.
Volunteers of the SSL regularly visit orphanages and old age
homes in and around Delhi to interact with the inmates of
The SSL organizes two Blood Donation Camps at either end
of the academic year which witness enthusiastic participation
from a large number of donors.
The SSL organises ‘Drishtikon’ – a state level
inter-college competition for visually challenged students.
100 years of SSL
The year 2012 marks
the centenary of the foundation of the SSL. The SSL plans to
commemorate this occasion by organizing an event – 100 Years of
SSL – on 31st October, 2012 and 1st
November, 2012. A host of events have been planned for these two