The National Service Scheme (NSS) is an Indian government sector public service program conducted by the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports of the Government of India
The overall aim of National Service Scheme as envisaged earlier, is to give an extension dimension to the higher education system and orient the student youth to community service while they are studying in educational institution. The students have a tendency to get alienated from the village/slum masses which constitute the majority of the population of the country. The educated youth who are expected to take the reins of administration in future are found to be unaware of the problems of the village/slum community and in certain cases are indifferent towards their needs and problems. Therefore it is necessary to arouse the social conscience of the students, and to provide them an opportunity to work with the people in the villages and slums. It is felt that their interaction with the common villagers and slum dwellers will expose them to the realities of life and bring about a change in their social perception.
Objectives of NSS
Motto of NSS
The motto or watchword of the National Service Scheme is ‘NOT ME BUT YOU’. This 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 fellow human beings. It underlines that the welfare of an individual is ultimately dependent on the welfare of society on the whole.
The basic unit of NSS normally comprises of 100 volunteers at school/ college level. Each NSS unit in an institution is led by a teacher designated as ‘Programme Officer (PO)’, who plays a pivotal role as an educator, organiser, coordinator, supervisor, administrator and public relations person for the NSS unit under him.
Programme under NSS
The NSS has two types of programmes, viz., (a) Regular activities and (b) Special Camping programmes. Under the “Regular Activities”, students are expected to work as volunteers for a continuous period of two years, rendering community service for a minimum of 120 hours per annum (i.e. 240 hours over 2-year period). Under Special Camping Programme, a camp of 07 days’ duration is conducted every year in the adopted area on a specific theme. Each student is required to participate in at least one Special Camp over 2- year period. The nature of activities taken up under NSS continues to evolve in response to the needs of the community.
List of NSS Activities done in 2022-23
Har Ghar Tiranga Campaign
Sadbhavna Diwas Celebration
Cloth Distribution Drive at Kusht ashram
Stationery Distribution on International Literacy Day
International Day of Peace Celebration
NSS Foundation Day Celebration
Blood Donation Camp
National Unity Day Celebration
Clean Campaign Bid to Prevent Dengue
Constitution Day Celebration
Awareness Rally on World AIDS Day
Blanket Distribution Drive
Blood Donation Camp
Cloth Distribution at Kusht Ashram
Tree Plantation on World Environment Day