National Service Scheme was formed in India in 1969.
The main goal of NSS is to foster national integration and social harmony, its motto being
'Not Me, But You'. The symbol of the NSS, the giant Rath Wheel of the world famous Konark
Sun Temple situated in Orissa, India stands for continuity as well as change and symbolizes
the continuous striving of the 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.
NSS helps students understand the community in which they work: it uses their knowledge to find practical
solutions to community problems. NSS creates a sense of social and civic responsibility in the students
who enroll as volunteers.500 enthusiastic volunteers (undergraduates) actively participate in various
social service activities. The NSS activities are of two types - one is the regular activity and the other
is the special camp. The NSS volunteers who have completed two years of service and who have completed
20 hours of service in two academic years and the special camp (which is for ten days) are awarded certificates.
The regular activities of the NSS include participation in rallies, seminars, camps, programs
on social evils, gender issues, health, road safety, the environment and AIDS awareness programs.
NSS volunteers do the campus cleaning, planting tree saplings, etc. Every year these three units
conduct 7 days special NSS campus in the nearby villages. NSS volunteers do the above national
awareness programmes in the adapted villages.
Besides these activities, the NSS units also organize various camps like eye camps,
blood donation camps and health camps. Apart from service to society, these activities give
the student volunteers greater exposure and the ability to deal with social issues.
AIMS OF NSS
To identify the needs and problems of the community and involve them in problem-solving
To develop among themselves a sense of social and civic responsibility.
To utilise their knowledge in finding practical solutions to individual and community problems.
To develop competence required for group-living and sharing of responsibilities.
To gain skills in mobilising community participationTo acquire leadership qualities and democratic attitudes.
To develop capacity to meet emergencies and natural disasters.
To practice national integration and social harmony.