The National Service Scheme (NSS) is a Central Sector Scheme of the Government of India, Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports. . It provides the opportunity to the student youth of 11th & 12th Class of schools at +2 Board level and student youth of Technical Institution, Graduate & Post Graduate at colleges and University level of India to take part in various government led community service activities & programs. The overall objective of the National Service Scheme is to develop the personality of the students through community service. It provides an expanding dimension to the higher education system and orients student youth to community service while they study in an educational institution. Since the establishment of NSS in 1969, the number of students increased from 40,000 to over 3.9 million by the end of March 2021 who actively participate in various community service programs in universities, colleges and higher institutions.
OBJECTIVES OF NSS
The main objectives of National Service Scheme (NSS) are:
- Understand the community in which they work
- Understand 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
- Utilize their knowledge in finding practical solutions to individual and community problems
- Develop competence required for group-living and sharing of responsibilities
- Gain skills in mobilizing community participation
- Acquire leadership qualities and democratic attitudes
- Develop capacity to meet emergencies and natural disasters and
- Practice national integration and social harmony
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 development & appreciation to other person’s point of view and also show consideration towards other living beings. The philosophy of the NSS is a good doctrine in this motto, which underlines on the belief that the welfare of an individual is ultimately dependent on the welfare of the society as a whole and therefore, the NSS volunteers shall strive for the well-being of the society.
The logo 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 Red & Blue colors contained in the logo motivate the NSS Volunteers to be active & energetic for the nation-building social activities. The wheel portrays the cycle of creation, preservation and release and signifies the movement in life across time and space, The wheel thus stands for continuity as well as change and implies the continuous striving of NSS for social change.
THE NSS BADGE
All young volunteers who opt to serve the nation through nss led community service wear NSS badges with pride and have a sense of responsibility towards helping the needy.
The Konark wheel in the NSS badge having 8 bars signifies 24 hours a day, reminding the wearer to be ready to serve the nation round the clock, i.e. for 24 hours. The red colour in the badge symbolizes the energy and spirit displayed by nss volunteers. Blue is a symbol of the universe of which NSS is a small part, which is ready to contribute its share for the welfare of mankind.
Benefits of Being NSS Volunteer
Participating in the community service program, NSS volunteers will be either college-level or senior secondary-level students. As an active member, these student volunteers will have the following experience:
- an accomplished social leader
- an efficient administrator
- a person who understands human nature
NATIONAL INTEGRATION CAMP (NIC):
The National Integration Camp (NIC) is organized every year and the duration of each camp is of 7 days with day-night boarding & lodging. These camps are held in different parts of the country. Each camp involves 200 NSS volunteers to undertake the scheduled activities.
The camps are held every year which are attended by approximately 1500 NSS volunteers with at least 50% of the volunteers being girl students. These camps are conducted in Himalayan Region in the North and Arunachal Pradesh in North East region. The adventure activities undertaken in these camps includes trekking of mountains, water rafting, Para-sailing and basic skiing.
NSS REPUBLIC DAY PARADE CAMP:
The first Republic Day Camp of NSS Volunteers was held in 1988. The camp takes place in Delhi between 1st and 31st January every year with 200 NSS selected volunteers who are good in discipline, March-past and cultural activities.
A Contingent of selected NSS volunteers participates in the Republic Day Parade at Rajpath, New Delhi on 26th of January every year in accordance with the guidelines and requisition of the Ministry of Defence.
NATIONAL YOUTH FESTIVALS:
National Youth Festivals are organized every year from 12th to 16th January by the Government of India, Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports in collaboration with the State Governments in different parts of the country. Eminent guests, speakers and youth icons are invited to address and interact with about 1500 participating NSS volunteers during the National Youth Festivals.
NATIONAL SERVICE SCHEME AWARD:
The Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, Government of India had instituted the National Service Scheme Awards to recognize the voluntary service rendered by NSS volunteers, Program Officers, N.S.S. units and the university/senior secondary council.
Special Camping forms an integral part of National Service Scheme. It has special appeal to the youth as it provides unique opportunities to the students for group living, collective experience sharing and constant interaction with community.
Special camping are organized generally on various developmental issues of national importance. In the past the themes of the Special Camping Programs have been ‘Youth Against Famine’, ‘Youth Against Dirt and Disease’, ‘Youth for Rural Reconstruction’, ‘Youth for Eco-Development’ and ‘Youth for Mass Literacy’, ‘Youth for National Integration & Social Harmony’. ‘Youth for Sustainable Development with special focus on Watershed Management and Wasteland Development. Every year 50 percent of the volunteers of each NSS unit are expected to participate in special camps which is of seven days duration.
NSS is in operation in Govt. College Barhi since ……….
- R.K. Verma, Principal (Chairman, NSS Advisory Committee)
- Arvind Singh, Programme Officer (Programme Coordinator)
- Priyanka Tomar, Programme Officer (Member)
- Ram Gopal Singh, Programme Officer (Member)