The National Service Scheme started by Government of India, Ministry of Education and culture, department of Government of India. 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. It is being implemented by the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, Government of India.
Aims and objectives of NSS
The motto or watchword of the National Service Scheme is "NOT ME BUT YOU". This expresses the essence of democratic living and upholds the need to appreciate the other person’s point of view first and show consideration for fellow human beings. NSS attempts to establish meaningful linkages between “Campus and Community”, “Collage and Village” and “Knowledge and Action”.
The NSS symbol is based on the "Rath" wheel of the Konark Sun Temple situated in Odisha.
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.
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.
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.
The basic unit of NSS normally comprises of 100 volunteers, at University level, there is an NSS Cell and a designated Programme Coordinator (PC) to coordinate the NSS activities in respect of all NSS units in the University and its all departments.
At State level, there is a State NSS Cell headed by a State NSS Officer (SNO), located in one of the Departments of the State Government.
At the National level there is a Directorate of NSS, which functions through 15 Regional Directorates (located at Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Bhopal, Bhubaneshwar, Chandigarh, Chennai, Delhi, Guwahati, Hyderabad, Jaipur, Kolkata, Lucknow, Patna, Pune and Thiruvananthapuram). In addition, there are Advisory Committees at National, State, University and Institution level, comprising of official and non-official members, to provide necessary guidance to the NSS functionaries.
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 years 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 years period.
The nature of activities taken up under NSS continues to evolve in response to the needs of the community.
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