Popularly known as NSS, National Service Scheme was launched in Mahatma Gandhi’s Birth Centenary year, 1969. Aimed at developing student’s personality through community service, NSS, is a voluntary organization of young people in Colleges and Universities working for a campus-community linkage.
The basic 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.
The National Service Scheme has a vision of mobilizing available resources to enable targeted young people, to become more educated and better prepared for national issues requiring urgent attention, through national service activities in deprived areas, within reasonable congenial conditions.
National Service is committed to deploying young graduates and diplomats of tertiary institutions on national service countrywide to supplement manpower shortfall and to provide re-orientation and entrepreneurial skills for the national service employment, through community development programmes.
Objectives of NSS:
- Practise national integration and social harmony.
- Acquire leadership qualities and democratic attitudes.
- Understand themselves in relation to their community.
- To provide trained manpower to supplement and improve existing level of manpower mainly in the public sector.
- Identify the needs and problems of the community and involve them in problem-solving.
- Environment Enrichment and Conservation.
- Health, Family Welfare and Nutrition Programmes aimed at creating awareness for improvement of the status of women.
- Develop capacity to meet emergencies and natural disasters.
- Develop among them a sense of social and civic responsibility.
- To provide personnel for rural development and community action.
- Leading towards a dedicated work culture.
- Gain skills in mobilising community participation.
- An awareness to national and social problems which requires greater attention.
- Utilise their knowledge in finding practical solutions to individual and community problems.
The NSS symbol is based on the giant "Rath Wheel" of the world famous Konark Sun Temple of Orissa. The wheel portrays the cycle of creation, preservation and release and signifies the movement in life across time and space. The wheel signifies the progressive cycle of life. It also stands for dynamism and progressive outlook of youth. The symbol thus stands for continuity as well as change and implies the continuous striving of NSS for social change.
The NSS Symbol is embossed on the badge. 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.