History Of NSS
National Service Scheme (NSS) was
launched during 1969, the birth centenary year of Mahatma Gandhi, in 37
universities involving 40000 students.
NSS is an extension dimension to the
higher education system to orient the student youth to community service while
they are studying in educational institutions.
NSS is being implemented by the Ministry of Youth
Affairs and Sports, Government of India.
Aims and objectives of NSS
- To understand the community in
which they work;
- To understand themselves in
relation to their community;
- To identify the needs and
problems of the community and involve them in problem solving process.
- To develop among themselves a
sense of social and civic responsibility;
- To utilize their knowledge in
finding practical solution to individual and community problems;
- To develop competence required
for group-living and sharing of responsibilities:
- To gain skills in mobilizing
- To acquire leadership qualities
and democratic attitude;
- To develop capacity to meet
emergencies and natural disasters; and
- To practice national
integration and social harmony
Motto of NSS
The motto or watchword of the
National Service Scheme is
"NOT ME BUT YOU"
Ø The NSS symbol is based on the
"Rath" wheel of the Konark Sun Temple situated in Odisha.
Ø The navy
blue colour indicates the cosmos of which the NSS is a tiny part, ready
to contribute its share for the welfare of the mankind.
Ø The Red
colour in the badge indicates that the NSS volunteers are full of blood
i.e. lively, active, energetic and full of high spirit.
Ø The giant wheels of the Sun Temple
portray the cycle of creation, preservation and release, and signify the
movement in life across time and space.
Enrollment in NSS
NSS is a voluntary scheme. NSS
scheme starts from 11th Standard onwards. At college level the NSS volunteers
will be enrolled from the first and second year degree-class students. The
students from foreign countries studying in Indian universities can also join
NSS so that they may share the experiences of national reconstruction and
community work. NCC cadets will not be allowed to join NSS. Similarly NSS
volunteers will not participate in NCC or any other youth organisation as long
as they are in NSS.
An NSS volunteer needs to devote a
total of 240 hours social service in two years duration. Every year, a NSS
volunteer has to devote 20 hrs. of orientation and 100 hrs. of community
To enrol as NSS volunteer, contact
the NSS Programme Officer of your school / college. Enrollment in NSS is free.
The NSS volunteers on successful
completion of the required hours of service are issued a certificate. NSS
volunteers can get some weightage during admissions in higher studies and other
benefits as decided by the institutions/university.
Administrative structure in NSS
At School / college level
The unit at college/+2 level is the
grass-root unit in NSS. An institution will be allotted NSS units according to
the strength of students. The number of units will be allotted by the Programme
Coordinator in consultation with NSS Regional Directorate and State NSS Officer
considering the demands of the institution. The strength of a unit will be 100
NSS volunteers normally. A Programme Officer will be incharge of a NSS unit.
Ony those belonging to the teaching faculty will be considered for appointment
as Programme Officer. Programme Officer will be responsible for the
organisation of NSS unit, implementation of NSS programme under the supervision
and direction of Principal of the college or head of the institution.
At University level
Every University has an NSS Cell to
supervise and coordinate NSS Programme in Colleges affiliated to it. The
Universities having strength of more than 10000 NSS volunteers have full time
Programme Coordinators. The Universities having strength of less than 10000 NSS
volunteers h ave part time programme coordinators.
At state level
At the State level, a State NSS Cell
headed by the State Liaison Officer (SLO) coordinates the programme. The
Government of India extends cent percent financial assistance for establishing
the State NSS Cell.
At Regional level
NSS Regional Centes have been
established in the country to maintain liaison with the State Governments,
Universities, +2 Councils and TOC/TORCs for the effective implementation of NSS
Programme. NSS Regional Centre (RC) which is a subordinate field office of the
Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports is established depending upon the
volunteers strength and size of the state. It is either headed by a Deputy
Programme Adviser or an Assistant Programme Adviser. The Deputy Programme
Adviser/Assistant Programme Adviser belong to Group-A grade of the Central
Present status of NSS
Today NSS has about 3.86 million
student youth enrolled in 41,442 NSS units spread over through 396
Universities/ +2 Councils, 16,331 Colleges/ Technical Institutions and 28,621
Senior Secondary Schools across the country.
Activities undertaken by NSS
- National Integration Camp- NSS
- Shramdaan- Swacchata
Abhiyan,Health camps, Health Survey
- Blood donation camp
- Disaster Management
provides an opportunity to devote their time to the service of the nation and a
sense of participation in national reconstruction and inculcation of social
responsibility be created in the youth by providing creative outlet for their
energies through National Service Scheme.