The motto of NSS is“NOT ME BUT YOU”
It underlines “The welfare of the individual is ultimately the welfare of society.”
This reflects the essence of democratic living. The National Service Scheme (NSS) is an Indian government-sponsored public service program conducted by the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports of the Government of India. It is a voluntary association of young people in Colleges.
Symbol of NSS
The symbol for the NSS has been based on the giant Rath Wheel of the world-famous Konark Sun Temple situated in Odisha, India. The wheel portrays the cycle of creation, preservation and release. It 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 represents 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. It stands for continuity as well as change and implies the continuous striving of NSS for social transformation and uplift.
Objectives of NSS
- NSS is a noble experiment in academic expansion.
- It encapsulates the spirit of voluntary work among the students and the teachers to sustain community interaction.
- It brings academic institutions closer to the society.
- It shows how to combine knowledge and action to achieve the desirable results leading to community development.
- To understand themselves in relation to the community in which they live.
- To develop among themselves a sense of social and civic responsibilities.
- To utilize their knowledge in finding practical solution to individual and community problems.
- To develop competence required for group living and sharing of responsibilities.
- To acquire the leadership qualities and democratic attitude.
- To practice national integration and social harmony.
- Promote various adventure activities among NSS volunteers
- Infuse the sense of love towards the various regions of India
- Enhance leadership qualities, fraternity, team spirit and risk taking capacity.
- Improvement of physical and mental strength
- Exposure to new vocational possibilities
Types of Activities-
There are two types of activities: Regular Activities(120 hours) and Annual Special Camp(120 hours). All the NSS Volunteers who have served NSS for at least 2 years and have performed 240 hours of work under NSS are entitled to a certificate from the university under the signature of the Vice-Chancellor and the Programme Coordinator. The Annual camps are known as Special Camps. Camps are held annually, funded by the government of India, and are usually located in a rural village or a city suburb. Volunteers may be involved in such activities as:
- Cleanliness Drive on the College Campus
- Afforestation and environmental conservation
- Stage shows or a procession creating awareness of such issues as social problems, education and women empowerment.
- Social Awareness like AIDS Awareness, Literacy AwarenessetcRallies
- Celebration of the Birth and Death Anniversaries of the Leaders and Social Workers of repute and to conduct various activities like Debating Competitions, Essay writing Competitions etc.
- Providing the opportunities to the students to attend various District , University, State, National level camps.
- Developing leadership qualities among the students.
- Organizing Blood Donation camps, cultural activities, and social activities in the adopted villages.
- To organize campaigns for the eradication of social evils
- To develop nationalism, secularism, social harmony and scientific temper among the masses.
There are no predefined or preassigned tasks; it is left up to the volunteers to provide service in any way that is feasible. Camps typically last between a week, although camps for shorter periods are also conducted by NSS.