The National Service Scheme was started by Government of India, Ministry of Education and Culture, Govt. of India, in Collaboration with State Government in the year 1969 in 37 selected Universities. . National Service Scheme is an Indian Government sponsored programs under the Department of Youth Affairs & Sports of the Government of India. It was launched in Gandhiji’s Centenary year, 1969, aimed at “Developing the Student’s Personality through Community Service”. National Service Scheme is a Nobel experiment in academic expansion. It inculcates the spirit of voluntary work among the students and teachers through sustained community interaction. It brings academic institutions closer to society.
The motto of NSS is “NOT ME, BUT YOU”. This expresses the essence of democratic living and upholds the need for selfless services and appreciation of another man’s point of view, and also show consideration for fellow human beings. It insists that the welfare of an individual is ultimately dependent on the welfare of the society as a whole.
The symbol of the National Service Scheme is based on the ‘Rath ‘wheel of the Konark Sun Temple situated in Orissa. These giant wheels of the Sun Temple portray the cycle of creation, preservation and release, and signify the movement in life across 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 uplifting.
NSS was formally launched on 24th September 1969, the birth centenary year of the Father of the Nation. Therefore, 24 September is celebrated every year as NSS DAY, with appropriate programs and activities. All the activities should be focused towards achieving the objectives of NSS.
- To enable the students to understand the community in which they work.
- To understand themselves in relation to their community.
- To develop among themselves a sense of social and civic responsibility
- To find practical solution to individual and community problems
- To develop competence required for group living and sharing responsibilities
- Gain skills in mobilizing community participation.
- To acquire leadership qualities and democratic attitude