The National service scheme popularly known as NSS is a government sponsored public service program conducted by the Department of Youth Affairs and sports of the Government of India. The scheme was launched during 1969, the birth centenary year of Mahatma Gandhi, in 37 universities involving 40000 students. It aimed at developing a student’s personality through community service. It is a voluntary association of young people in colleges, Universities and at +2 levels.
It reflects the essence of democratic living and upholds the need for selfless service and appreciation of the other person’s point of view and also to show consideration for human beings.
MOTTO: – ‘NOT ME BUT YOU’
The vision is to build the youth with the mind and spirit to serve the society and work for the social uplift of the down-trodden masses of our nation as a movement.
The National Service Scheme has been functioning with the motto “NOT ME BUT YOU” in view of making the youth inspired in the service of the people
Hence NSS Aims Education through Community Service and Community Service through Education.
The symbol for the NSS has been based on the giant Rath wheel of the world-famous Konark Sun Temple situated in Odisha, India.
The wheel portrays the cycle of creation, preservation and release.
The eight bars in the wheel represent 24 hours of a day.
The red color indicates that the volunteer is full of young blood that is lively, active, energetic and full of high spirits.
The Navy-blue color indicates the cosmos of which the NSS is tiny part, ready to contribute its share to the welfare of the mankind. It stands for continuity as well as change and implies the continuous striving of NSS.
Mahatma Gandhi- the father of the nation was the first man who conceived the philosophy of social service for the students in India. Fortunately, in the birth centenary year of Mahatma Gandhi, the then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi on behalf of the people of India launched the ‘National Service Scheme’ on 24thSeptember, 1969, 50 Years ago as a tribute to the Father of the Nation.
The post-independence era was marked by an urge for introducing social service for students. The University Grants Commission headed by Radhakrishnan recommended introduction of national service in the academic institutions on a voluntary basis with a view of establishing a linkage between the campus and the community.
24th September is celebrated every year as NSS Day.
The NSS symbol is embossed on the NSS badge. The NSS volunteers wear it while undertaking any programme of community service.
During Silver Jubilee year 1994 the NSS theme song has been composed. All NSS Volunteers are expected to learn the theme song and sing the song during NSS programmes and Celebrations.
OBJECTIVES OF NSS
- Understanding the community in which they work.
- Understanding themselves in relation to their community.
- Identify the needs and problems of the community and involve them in problem-solving.
- Develop among themselves a sense of social and civic responsibility.
- Utilise their knowledge in finding practical solutions to individual and community problems.
- Develop competence required for group living and sharing of responsibilities.
- Gain skills in mobilising community participation.
- Acquire leadership qualities and democratic attitudes.
- Practise national integration and social harmony.
TYPES OF ACTIVITIES
- Regular Activities
- Camp Activities
All the NSS volunteers who have served NSS for at least 2 years and have performed 240 hours of work under NSS are entitled to a certificate from the university under the signature of the Vice-Chancellor and the Programme Coordinator.
Volunteers may be involved in activities such as:
Stage shows or a procession creating awareness of such issues as social problems, education and cleanliness
Inviting doctors for health camps
- To recognize the voluntary service rendered by NSS volunteers, PO’s, NSS Units and the University NSS Cells, it has been proposed to provide suitable awards under the scheme. Awards include:
- Indira Gandhi NSS Award
- State level awards
- University level awards
- District level awards
- College level awards