National Service Scheme(NSS)
National Service Scheme popularly known as NSS, the scheme was launched in Mahatma Gandhi centenary year 1969 and aimed at developing student’s personality through community service. The overall objective of the National Service is educational. This objective is attained through the service to the community.
National Service Scheme(NSS) is a permanent youth programme under the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, Government of India and funded by Government of Tamilnadu and Government of India in the ratio 5:7.
The overall objective of NSS is Personality Development through community service. Campus to Community Linkage.
The broad objectives of NSS are to:
- 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 the problem solving process.
- Develop among themselves a sense of social and civic responsibility.
- Utilize their knowledge in finding a practical solution 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 attitude.
- Develop the capacity to meet emergencies and natural disaster and
- Practice national integration and social harmony.
The motto or watchword of NSS is “Not me but you“. It underlines that the welfare of an individual is ultimately dependent on the welfare of society on the whole. This expresses the essence of democratic living and upholds the need for selfless service and appreciation of the other man’s point of view and also a consideration for fellow human beings.
The symbol of the National Service Scheme is “Rath” Wheel of the Konark Sun Temple of Orissa. These giant wheels of the sun temple portray the cycles of creation, preservation and release and signify the movement in life across time and time and space. The design of the symbol, a simplified form of the Sun Chariot Wheel primarily depicts movement. The wheel signifies the progressive cycle of life. It stands for continuity as well as change and implies the continuous striving of NSS for social transformation and enlistment.
The NSS symbol is embossed on the NSS badge. The NSS volunteers wear it while undertaking any programme or community service. The Konark wheel in the symbol has eight bars, which represent the 24 hours of the day. Hence, the badge reminds the wearer to be in readiness for the service of the nation round the clock i.e. for 24 hours. 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 Navy Blue Colour indicates the cosmos of which the NSS is a tiny part, ready to contribute its share for the welfare of mankind.
NSS was formally launched on 24th September 1969 the birth Centenary year of Father of Nation. Therefore, 24 September is celebrated every year as NSS Day with appropriate programmes and activities.
Types of Activities
- Regular Activities
- Special Camping Programme
Under this, students undertake various need-based programmes in the adopted villages, College Campuses and Urban slums during weekends or after college hours. 120 hours per year and 240 hours for 2 consecutive years.
|1.||General Orientations of NSS Volunteers|
NSS Day Celebrations
|2.||Career guidance for the NSS volunteers, by the experts and campus work||–||30 hrs|
|3.||Skill development (first aid, disaster management, public speaking, leadership motivation, HIV/AIDS awareness etc.)||–||26 hrs|
|4.||Community Development Projects (in the adopted village)-Survey in the village, tree plantation, Health, Cleanliness, Road Safety, visits homes, technical training for rural youth and SHG, sanitation, women development programmes, consumer awareness etc.||–||26 hrs|
SPECIAL CAMPING PROGRAMME
Under this, 7 days camp organized in the adopted villages
Will a specified theme being given by Govt. of India by involving local youth. The Special camp should be conducted only in the adopted village (for second year NSS volunteers) at least for three years continuously.