Nair Service Society, a synonym
for selfless service and social commitment was
founded by the late Sri.Mannathu Padmanabhan on
31 - 10 - 1914. It came into being at a crucial
stage in the history of the Nair community which
was facing a crisis brought about by disunity
and blind adherence to outmoded customs, beliefs
and practices. They had a glorious past .but ignorance,
accumulated over centuries, reinforced by inadequate
education, proved disastrous for the community.
Their predilection for celebrations and penchant
for ceremonial occasions fuelled by a strong affinity
towards profligacy and extravaganza, contributed
to their decline and downfall. Gradual loss of
land holdings, underemployment and unemployment
due to lack of modern education completed the
process of disintegration.
It was at this juncture that Sri.Mannathu Padmanabhan
took the initiative to unite the members of the
Nair community and build up a great organization.
The rest is history. He inspired them and gave
them a dream, a dream of liberation from poverty,
misery and ignorance. In his own unique way, with his persistence,
tireless efforts, vision and farsightedness, the
N.S.S opened an array of educational institutions,
hospitals and other socially beneficial institutions
all over the state.
With an amazing network
of units at the village (Karayoga) and taluk levels (taluk
unions), theN.S.S has evolved into a well-knit and coherent
organization that has never swerved from the noble ideals
and high principles of the founder. The N.S.S runs more
than a hundred of schools.15 arts and science colleges,
3 Training colleges, 1 Engineering college, 1 Homeo Medical
College, several Nursing Colleges, Polytechnic college,
T.T.C Schools, Working Women Hostels and Technical institutions.
Though initially started
to reorganize, strengthen and empower the Nair community
the N.S.S, has extended the benefits of its service beyond
communal and religious boundaries and has been playing
significant roles in the social, economic, educational
and political transformations of the state.