National Service Scheme (NSS)
The National Service Scheme (NSS) is an Indian government-sponsored public service program conducted by the Department of Youth Affairs and Sports of the Government of India. Popularly known as NSS, the scheme was launched in Gandhiji's Centenary year, 1969. Aimed at developing student's personality through community service, NSS is a voluntary association of young people in Colleges, Universities and at +2 level working for a campus-community linkage. The cardinal principle of the NSS programme is that it is organized by the students themselves, and both students and teachers through their combined participation in community service, get a sense of involvement in the tasks of nation building.
MOTTO OF NSS:
The Motto of NSS "Not Me But You", reflects the essence of democratic living and upholds the need for self-less service. NSS helps the students develop appreciation to other person's point of view and also show consideration to '/other living beings. The philosophy of the NSS is well doctrined in this motto, which underlines/on the belief that the welfare .of an individual is ultimately dependent on the welfare of the society on the whole and therefore, the NSS volunteers shall strive for the well-being of the society.
AIMS & OBJECTIVES OF NSS:
(i) To understand the community in which they work;
(ii) To understand themselves in relation to their community;
(iii) To identify the needs and problems of the community and involve them in problem solving process;
(iv)To develop among themselves a sense of social and civic responsibility;
(v) To utilise their knowledge in finding practical solution to individual and community problems;
(vi) To develop competence required for group-living and sharing of responsibilities:
(vii) To gain skills in mobilising community participation;
(viii) To acquire leadership qualities and democratic attitude;
(ix) To develop capacity to meet emergencies and natural disasters;
(x) To practice national integration and social harmony.
- Environment Enrichment and Conservation
- Education and Recreations
- Relief & Rehabilitation work during Natural Calamities
- Production Oriented Programmes
- Social Service Programmes
- Adoption of Slums
- Programmes aimed at creating an awareness for improvement of the status of women
- Health, Family Welfare and Nutrition Programme
- Adoption of Villages
- Coordination with Voluntary Organizations
- Blood Donation
Symbol of NSS:
The symbol for the NSS has been based on the giant Rath Wheel of the world famous Konark Sun Temple (The Black Pagoda) situated in Orissa, India. The wheel portrays the cycle of creation, preservation and release and signifies the movement in life across time and space, the symbol thus stands for continuity as well as change and implies the continuous striving of NSS for social change. The eight bars in the wheel represent the 24 hours of a day. The red colour indicates that the volunteer is full of young blood that is lively, active, energetic and full of high spirit. The navy blue colour indicates the cosmos of which the NSS is tiny part, ready to contribute its share for the welfare of the mankind.