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IntroductionIn an age when relationships between individuals and organizations are getting more & more complex, it is not enough only to have an excellent academic record. Being good at number crunching and scoring high marks in subject s are not the only criteria for success in professional or personal life. The ability to deal with ones feelings and understand the feelings of others in any given situation helps one to complement knowledge with human values. NSS activities are imparted to fine tune the students attitudes, values, beliefs, motivation desires, feelings, eagerness to learn, willingness to share and embrace new ideas, goal orientation, flexibility, persuasion, futuristic thinking, compassion, and various skill sets of communication, etiquette and manners so that they will be able to deal with different situations responsibility, which strengthen the student from within.Their skills empower them to understand “Who they are” and how best they can come across as competent individuals in any given situation. It helps the student to grow as a key leader in the establishment. Technical professionals need a combination of technical skills, business skills, and interpersonal skills. If a technically proficient Engineer is not willing to expand expertise into leadership, may be he or she is not the best fit for an eventual Managerial role. The programs implemented in NSS Technical Cell Kerala was revamped as curriculum related NSS activities with a vision-‘ to mold ‘Social Engineers ’ who knows the pulse of the community and would be able to act accordingly” Our motto is- ‘ to make the campuses community related and to reduce the space between the community and technical campuses ’. Within the Indian industry, there is a definite move towards integration of academics with the Soft-skill needs including Social Commitment, Communication and Teamwork. Industries have started collaborating in a structured way with academia thereby resulting in a win-win situation. 3 | Page The scope and impact of roles keep incr easing as careers progress and therefore the specific interventions and methods to au gment Social Service and related soft-skills need to be carefully planned. A Harvard University study re vealed that 85% of jobs & promotions happened because of the candidate ’s attitude and only 15% due to the store of information he or she possessed.
A study across four engineering service industries in India revealed the top challenges as - Not asking enough questions, assuming customer / authority figure is always right, Being afraid to ask questions and assuming everything is understood based on whatever customer has told us. As a result of globalization along with technical excellece, newer skills like knowledge of interacting with trans-national culture, creativity and innovation (why, what-if) are emerging in the space of engineering services. Traditional Soft-skills continue to be relevant and these include adaptability , open-mindedness, problem solving, decision making, communication skills , self learning and knowledge discovery, empathy and team work, motivation and attitude encompassing initiative, perseverance in adversity and ability to motivate self and others. Al ong with the above qualities employees and entrepreneurs are required to have essential social skills like commitment, social responsibility, empathy etc to grow as a successful ‘ Social Engineer ’ Each institution has to create suitable platforms for interactive sessions with the executives from Industry/Business/Service sect or to provide exposure to the students and faculty on current organizational practices using the NSS Platform. It is well known in the Engineering academic circle, that student s generally consider placement as a major objective of their education. But in the current scenario, more than employability skills, entrepreneurial skills are to be focused in students. So th e institution should have the responsibility to maintain, on a continuous basis, beneficial relationships with the industry. Here we can utilize the sources from former students of each institutions who are now working in different positions in various organizati ons and running successful enterprises.